Homesteading Basics For Preppers

| June 17, 2017

If you’re going to homestead, you’ll need to know the basics. The first thing you need to understand about homesteading is that the goal is to become self-reliant. That means being able to provide and care for yourself and your family completely with what you can grow or make yourself.

Homesteaders

So what exactly is homesteading? According to Wikipedia:

Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. It is characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of foodstuffs, and it may or may not also involve the small scale production of textiles, clothing, and craftwork for household use or sale….Use of the term in the United States dates back to the Homestead Act (1862) and before.

Some of the definition goes back to more historical times. But there is also the updated definition of a homesteader, which is what we are more interested in:

Modern homesteaders often use renewable energy options including solar electricity and wind power and some even invent DIY cars. Many also choose to plant and grow heirloom vegetables and to raise heritage livestock. Homesteading is not defined by where someone lives, such as the city or the country, but by the lifestyle choices they make.

There are some skills involved with homesteading, but it’s not difficult to learn the skills. Here are the basics you’ll need to know about homesteading.

Food

You’ll want to be prepared with food. You want to prepare with food supplies that can serve you for repeated cycles.

So you would want to plant a garden that can be replanted again and again. You can do this using heirloom seeds. You’ll want to plant what you’ll consume throughout the year and when the growing season is over, you’ll want to make sure that you preserve some of the garden bounty to use during the months that the garden doesn’t grow.

You’ll also want to save and store the seeds from the fruits and vegetables for replanting the following gardening season. It’s also smart to learn how to construct chicken coops so that you can have the eggs that are produced.

You can raise pigs for meat. You’ll want cows for milk (and/or meat) and goats for producing dairy to use for cheese. Some preppers that homestead also like to raise honeybees. Not only is the honey usable, but the bees can help pollinate the fruits and vegetables that you grow.

Water

Water needs to be planned for when homesteading. You can’t survive without access to clean water. You need to set up rain barrels for water that your livestock can drink. The fastest way to collect rainwater is to set a barrel up beneath a downspout. The collected rainwater can also be used to irrigate your garden.

Collecting Rain Water

You should have a way to purify your water, as well as a way that you can store the water. If you are bringing the water to your homestead site from a creek or pond, then you’ll need a way to transport it.

Protection

Protection is paramount when you’re homesteading. You’re going to need weapons in order to protect yourself in the event someone decides to rob you or commit other crimes against you. You should be armed with both knives as well as guns. Both of these are great for protection but also are handy to have around for hunting or food prep.

Don’t Forget About The Kids

Education for children is a necessity when you’re homesteading. You want to make sure you have educational supplies. You can find educational supplies at homeschool stores if you want to stock up in advance.

You can also order and store homeschooling supplies in advance. But education can also be taught using just the basic tools like classic pieces of literature. Teaching things like math can be done using real life concepts such how to measure items in a recipe or how to measure wood for cutting when building something. Studies have shown that children who are educated using real life concepts often excel in life.

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