Homesteading here is not the type homesteading where you lived on land a certain length of time and then were able to claim it legally....no matter what some of the ads say, that type of homesteading is not legal in any of the 50 states now...
This type of homesteading is a state of mind....and idea of living as self-sufficiently as possible, even if you live on a small city lot or in an apartment....it's often doing things the old timey way, or simpler ways...the best defintion is that given by JD Bellenger in any back issue of COUNTRYSIDE magazine....it's "life beyond the sidwalks."
Classical homesteading is now underway in Marquette Kansas, however as times have changed, so have the parcel size and proving requirements. They only give a couple acres and interest free loan to build a home in exchange for a set period of time of physical residence in the community and a resale restriction on the property. The town is using homesteading to augment its population and tax base. So far about 1000 families have relocated there and the town has set aside another section of land to draw more homesteaders into their jurisdiction.
If you stick around on this board a while, you'll see that the absence of the "giveaway" part of the traditional homestead concept hardly stands in the way of making it happen. There are folks here who have scraped together everything they have to buy a $2,500 plot of land and have set up a household in a tent or shipping container while putting in one fence post at a time and amassing animals one by one. Some of the stories that have been told on this board are truly amazing. Check out, for example, the recent post entitled "Cheapest and Best Way to Build a House" or something to that effect. This is a single woman with three children who, by sheer spunk and determination, will probably have hand-built herself some kind of house by winter. God bless her!
Homesteading really IS a state of mind, and, in all honesty, if the lack of a free plot of land dashes your dream, you probably weren't cut out for a self-sufficient lifestyle to begin with. What better a way to begin thinking self-reliantly than to figure out how to do it on your own?
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