IF homesteading is defined as complete self-sufficiency, it is IMO virtually unattainable in the present day and age in this country. IF homesteading is defined as obtaining free land, that too is virtually unattainable. IF homesteading is defined as being completely free from a need for income it is all but unattainable IMO. IF homesteading is defined as above, the term may apply to hermits and some residents of third-world nations in subsistence agriculture or hunter-gatherer cultures. However, the above do NOT constitute a definition of homesteading in this country in the present time IMO. They may have been applicable in some instances a century or two ago, but they no longer serve to identify current homesteading or homesteaders. If one uses a modern definition, perhaps including (but not restricted to) a degree of self-sufficiency and reduced reliance upon outside income, homesteading is quite attainable. I have met quite a number of people who I regard as homesteaders. None have received free land, none are completely self-sufficient, none were hermits, and most have some form of income (including sale of products of their land or their hand). None were completely removed from the outside society, nor showed any desire to be so. But they had a degree of self-sufficiency and they were far less dependent upon "the system" than probably 99% of the US population. Are these people âtrulyâ homesteaders? They certainly are unless one applies an unrealistic definition to the term.