What is the difference between a hobby farm and a homestead? To me a hobby farm sounds like something one does for fun. A homestead seems more "hardcore" and basic. I read the threads and posts here and I wonder what I am...a homesteader, a farmer, a hobby farmer, what? My husband is an air traffic controller and will be eligible for retirement in two years. He did not grow up on a farm like I did, but has come to love the country life. He finds it more and more difficult to leave the farm to make the 45 minute commute to work. He wants to be here clearing, building fences, gardening, cutting wood, etc. We own 96 acres and have lived on the place almost two years. In that time we've had 33 acres planted in hardwoods (9,000 trees) as part of a government wetlands reclaimation program. The State of Mississippi has officially named us a "tree farm". We do not intend on clear cutting these trees once they are mature. Instead we plan to maintain the area by culling damaged/fallen trees for firewood. Our organic garden didn't do so well this year due to drought, but I was able to can several quarts of tomatoes, put squash in the freezer and a bushel of sweet potatoes in storage. I also have 24 birdhouse gourds. My husband is hooked and plans to expand the garden next year (we have raised beds and traditional rows). We've planted apple and mulberry trees, blueberry bushes and have plans to add pear and peach trees, plus a strawberry bed. In less than two years we've acquired three hens, a rooster and a duck. I have not bought eggs in almost a year now. We managed to get 13 acres plus an acre barn lot fenced. The five horses we have help cut down on bush-hogging and produce some mighty fine fertilizer! We have plans to plant two acres in corn next Spring. This will be feed for the horses and fowl. Hubby had collected enough materials to start putting another 20 acres in pasture. This will be used for a few head of cattle. I'm still trying to convince him to raise a pig. I think a pig pen built around one of our overgrown areas (wild rose and honeysuckle) would be an easy way to get the area cleaned out and to fill the freezer! Drainage work (another government project we signed up for) has just been completed on a 13 acre field. Plans now are to get it plowed under and sowed with burmuda grass. It currently has a mixture of grass and weeds and we've been letting a local guy cut it for hay (he has cows) in exchange for a couple round bales. Saves hubby having to bush-hog and the bales can be used in the horse stalls. A friend of ours will do the work on the new hay field and bale it for us for a 60/40 split. Seems like a great deal to us. We get set-aside payments from the government so our farm has an income, but what are we? We aren't self-sufficient, but could be should it come to that. We like our large on-grid house with central air and heat, but did insist on a wood-burning fireplace and we cut our own firewood (and think we could have a small income selling firewood some day). We have well water and are not on city sewage. We grow some of our food and plan to grow more of it with each passing year, but we'll always buy some things at the grocery store. We do not allow hunting on our property (although we will both eat venison) and we will never be able to kill and process our own meat, but we do enjoy harvesting fruits, etc. from the wild. We have six dogs and five cats and will take in any homeless animal. We take our pets to the vet regularly. We like to go out to eat once in a while and we enjoy our satellite TV service. Does this make us a homestead? Or, are we just hobby farmers?