Is homesteading "Live Simple and Decrease Dependence"?

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by Obser, May 4, 2006.

  1. Obser

    Obser "Mobile Homesteaders"

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    1) Is “Live Simple and Decrease Dependence” the overall objective of homesteading?

    2) Is homesteading a Lifestyle and an Attitude rather than an occupation?

    3) What distinguishes a homesteader from a non-homesteader?

    4) Does living in a rural area constitute homesteading? Please allow me to rephrase this to read

    4) "Does just living in a rural area make a person a homesteader?"

    Sorry about being unclear originally.
     
  2. BrahmaMama

    BrahmaMama Well-Known Member

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    ~ In my little bubble ~

    1. Yes.

    2. Yes, but if your lucky can be all 3.

    3. Holy Jeans. :D

    4. I would hope so, but not always do-able!
     

  3. End of the Road

    End of the Road Well-Known Member

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    1-Yes
    2-Yes
    3-Homesteaders are the happy ones that smile alot
    4-Most of but not in all cases
     
  4. ET1 SS

    ET1 SS zone 5 - riverfrontage Supporter

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    Yes!

    I think that this is one topic which is multifaceted with various meanings to different people.
     
  5. Cheryl in SD

    Cheryl in SD Living in the Hills Supporter

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    Yes, you sum it up pretty well except for 4. Here a lot of people live rurally and are NOT homesteaders, on the other hand both sets of our parents live in town and are more like homesteaders than many who live out of town. You can be a homesteader in town, but out is better.

    Joyfully,
    Cheryl
     
  6. Gresford

    Gresford Well-Known Member

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    Here's the perspective of a future homesteader. Correct me if I have the wrong impression of homesteading.

    1. Definitely YES
    2. Lifestyle and attitude that can become occupation(s)
    3. Lifestyle and attitude
    4. Ideally but the correct attitude and lifestyle can compensate for location if rural is not possible.
     
  7. Garden Ear

    Garden Ear A-Maize-ing

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    Anybody can be a homesteader. It doesn't matter if they live in the middle of the city or the middle of nowhere. But it does requires a deep respect and sincere appreciation of the land and buildings they call home.
     
  8. Rockin'B

    Rockin'B Well-Known Member

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    To me it means doing what my grandparents did as a way of life...Provide as much as possible for myself and my family.

    Times are different than when they were living. Taxes were not so onerous. Gas and fuel weren't so expensive. There are many things that cost money these days that didn't even exist back then.

    But, I still try and do as much for myself as possible....

    I'm not a big fan of labels, but it seems to me that homesteading is all about doing as much for ones self as possible.
     
  9. jnap31

    jnap31 garden guy

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    BUMP just found the thread
     
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