Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency.

Self-sustainability and self-sufficiency are overlapping states of being in which a person or organization needs little or no help from, or interaction with, others.

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It is characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of food, and may also involve the small scale production of textiles, clothing, and craftwork for household use or sale.

Subsistence agriculture occurs when farmers grow food crops to feed themselves and their families.

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Pursued in different ways around the world—and in different historical eras—homesteading is generally differentiated from rural village or commune living by isolation of the homestead.

A commune is an intentional community of people living together, sharing common interests, often having common values and beliefs, as well as shared property, possessions, resources, and, in some communes, work and income and assets.


Use of the term in the United States dates back to the Homestead Act and before.

The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.

The Homestead Acts were several laws in the United States by which an applicant could acquire ownership of government land or the public domain, typically called a homestead.


In sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in nations formerly controlled by the British Empire, a homestead is the household compound for a single extended family.

The British Empire comprised the dominions, colonies, protectorates, mandates and other territories ruled or administered by the United Kingdom and its predecessor states.

Sub-Saharan Africa is, geographically, the area of the continent of Africa that lies south of the Sahara desert.


In the UK, the term 'smallholder' or 'crofts' is the rough equivalent of 'homesteader'.


Modern homesteaders often use renewable energy options including solar electricity and wind power.

Renewable energy is energy that is collected from renewable resources, which are naturally replenished on a human timescale, such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves, and geothermal heat.

Wind power is the use of air flow through wind turbines to mechanically power generators for electric power.


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.

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