There is a huge interest right now in homesteading and self-sufficiency. I hear every day from people who are dreaming of having a homestead one day, saving every penny they can to buy some land and start raising their own food. For most of these folks, their dream of providing for themselves always seems to be just out of reach.
But it doesn’t have to be.
Homesteading is more about having a self-sufficient frame of mind than it is about having a lot of land.
If you can raise tomatoes in a pot on your third-floor balcony, you’re in homesteading country.
The idea that one doesn’t have to have acreage out in the country in order to have a measure of self-sufficiency, opens up the possibility of providing for oneself sooner rather than later and moves the homesteading dream into today instead of tomorrow.
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Most of the big homesteads don’t raise everything they need, the people there still need to supplement what they can grow with things like salt, sugar, rice, wheat or flour grains, animal feed, minerals, etc. There may be homesteads that happen to have a salt source, or a rice paddy, or able to grow sugar cane and process it, but those would be very few and far between.
The majority of homesteads produce food on a spectrum, some do a little, some do a lot, but the common thread is they do what they can, where they are, with what they have. That’s a true homestead.
Patios to Pastures is where we’ll talk about homesteads of various sizes and abilities. I thought it would be easy to remember the sizes if we used Starbucks cup sizes so:
Tall Homesteads – less than one acre. If you live in a neighborhood in the city with an average-sized backyard or even if you are container-gardening on your patio or balcony, you have a Tall homestead.
Grande Homesteads – are 1-5 acres
Venti Homesteads – are 5-15 acres
Trenta Homesteads – are 15 acres and up
These are being published as blog posts, but I will also link them all on this page.