Here in Colorado, the term "homesteader" can have two VERY different meanings. Meaning 1: Someone who lives off grid, heating with wood and using kerosene lanterns, composting toilet, very little use of modern technology. (No tv, clothes washer or dryer,dishwasher, computer, etc). Grows own food in a traditional garden. Has very little money, is ok with that, drives a beater, lives and loves a camping out lifestyle in teepee, cabin, rv, or small house. Meaning 2: Someone who lives off grid with wind or solar voltaic, excellent engineering in passive solar in a large home, extremely energy efficient appliances allow them to enjoy all the amenities and stay off grid. Grows on food in a solar greenhouse pretty much year around, eliminating need to can/freeze/dry. May have a lot of money, or may have spent most of it on the homestead, and is ok with that either way, drives a hybrid, lives and loves the traditional american lifestyle without being a high drain on the environment. My question to you is this: money issues aside, just looking at the lifestyles, which would you prefer? From what I can see, neither is worse for the environment or economy. It appears to come down to just doing what you love. DH and I don't quite do either. Money wise we could manage style one, but would prefer style two. Some friends of ours see it exactly opposite. There is such diversity on this forum, thought I'd have some fun and see where ya'll would homestead in my fantasy land of money don't count.