Homesteading takes hobby farming to a new level. It’s about self-sufficiency, through keeping animals like cows, goats, sheep and pigs, and growing your own food. It’s also about preserving your food by canning, drying or other methods. Combine the two and you’ve got the recipe for sustainability. Think of Little House on the Prairie or the much more recent Pioneer Woman and you’ve got the right idea.
Pioneers couldn’t get their groceries delivered from their local high-end grocery store. They had to grow much of what they put on their family’s table every night and be smart about preservation to get them through the winter months. That also extended into making clothes, candles and other stuff of survival for families eking out a living in that place in time. It’s about resurrecting lost arts like canning, preserving, sewing and candle making that were the foundations of survival in another era, but modern conveniences have all but eliminated.
Today, the homesteading lifestyle is experiencing a renaissance because of an unlikely cause: COVID-19. People stayed home, worked in their gardens, and cultivated a new lifestyle as the pandemic closed food plants nationwide.