“It’s not a single idea, but many ideas and attitudes, including a reverence for nature and a preference for country life; a desire for maximum personal self-reliance and creative leisure; a concern for family nurture and community cohesion; a belief that the primary reward of work should be well-being rather than money; a certain nostalgia for the supposed simplicities of the past and an anxiety about the technological and bureaucratic complexities of the present and the future; and a taste for the plain and functional.
COUNTRYSIDE reflects and supports the simple life, and calls its practitioners homesteaders.”
Our Philosophy statement from Countryside and Small Stock Journal founded in 1917 and published in Medford, Wisconsin.
Urban Homesteading on the Rise
By Bev Sandlin
Homesteading is an often confusing term. The best definition I have ever seen for it is the above philosophy statement from Countryside and Small Stock Journal.
I am a homesteader. I now live in a small rural town with no real working livestock anymore. And my garden is half the size it was, even though I doubled it this year. But I still choose to live a homesteading lifestyle with “a taste for the plain and functional.” And I still only buy two magazines: Countryside and the Northern Gardener.
I believe that the philosophies of homesteading and preparedness go hand-in-hand with the commonality being self-reliance. I recently found this article on a homesteading website and thought it would be of interest to you.
The Dervaes Family’s Urban Homestead
Excerpt from the article…….
“I think a lot of people have common misconceptions about what the term ‘homesteading’ means. Many assume that you have to live on a chunk of country land with several farm animals and a large garden to be considered a homesteader. But the Urban Homesteading movement is on the rise, giving a new meaning to the term ‘homesteading’ and new freedoms to city dwellers who thought they’d never have a chance to live more self-sufficiently where they are.
There are common characteristics between all homesteaders, no matter where they live. We all have a strong desire to eat home-grown, nutritious food; REAL food, enjoyed the way God intended. We enjoy gardening, whether it’s on a large plot of land or in containers on our back patio; wherever we are we’re growing something. We long for simpler living, and days gone by when people used to enjoy real company and conversations instead of being glued to electronic gadgets 24-7.”
For the complete article visit Found on: http://newlifeonahomestead.com/2012/10/homesteading.
So, whaddya think? Are you ready to call yourself a homesteader? Which of these things are you already doing, and which can you work toward where you are right now?
And what other things can we add to this list? How are you homesteading today?
A Smile for You.
A police car pulls up in front of grandma Bessie’s house, and grandpa Morris gets out. The polite policeman explained that this elderly gentleman said that he was lost in the park and couldn’t find his way home.
“Oh Morris”, said grandma, “You’ve been going to that park for over 30 years! How could you get lost?”
Leaning close to grandma, so that the policeman couldn’t hear, Morris whispered, “I wasn’t lost. I was just too tired to walk home.”
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