My idea of homesteading is a mix. I want off the grid and the gov. off my back and out of my business, and clean food. Right now this means getting a small organic beef operation off the ground and planning to do solar and other passive systems to my home. I buy my veggies at the farmers market but have an extensive orchard around my place with herbs in all my flowerbeds and things like asparagus, poke salad, elderberries, etc. wherever they'll fit. I'm working too many hours to pay for the cattle setup to take care of a garden, but I still hunt and fish. I intend to have a minimum of gadgets but I am NOT going back to a rock and a river for laundry! I like people more than Shrek does I guess, so I'll always have something to do with town, just on my terms. My goal is the independence of knowing I can take care of myself from start to finish, but I don't have to prove it by doing it all, especially all at once. I will no doubt end up with a grain mill, etc. eventually, and I already butcher my own meat--because I like the results better not to prove a point. That is my motto in loooong form--you asked!Helena said:I love hearing and reading about people and families that sell it all and head out to the woods..or wherever..to homestead with the bare basics. Guess the pioneer spirit amazes me. If you have, tell us what was the hardest modern thing to give up and why and how you are doing it now. I often wish the Homesteading magazines would go back into there archives and find homesteaders from 20 years ago that they interviewed and see how they are today. We have "homesteaded" for 25 years now...but still have the usual gadgets to make life easy for us. Electric and washing machine, indoor plumbing and all. I do realize Homesteading is different things to different people but tell me what you are all doing !! Thanks !!!