Have you heard about homesteading? While this might mean different things to different people, we’re talking about living a sustainable and self-sufficient lifestyle. This often involves things like raising chickens and growing your own food.
While some people might not be in a position to do so, for those that are interested in pursuing a homesteading lifestyle, there are a lot of benefits that come with this way of living.
Even if you can’t go all-in, you may be able to incorporate some homesteading practices into your lifestyle to enjoy some of these benefits as well.
Let’s take a deeper look into why there’s been an increased interest in the homesteading lifestyle:
1. It Offers a Sense of Freedom
By having your own food source for yourself and your family, you’ll get to enjoy some freedom from the food industry and its rising prices. Let’s say you’re raising chickens. Once you’ve got your flock and poultry equipment, you can enjoy a supply of fresh eggs and all of the freedom that comes with knowing you don’t have to rely on the fluctuating prices at the grocery store.
Remember those rising egg prices? That’s all the more reason to be grateful to your chickens for the freedom they provide from those inflated costs at the grocery store.
2. Provides Security
When emergencies happen, you’re likely to be grateful for the food you have growing in your garden to know that you’ll be able to have something to eat during hard times. Let’s say you or someone in your household loses their job — you probably won’t regret the time and energy you invested into homesteading when you have a steady supply of food you can rely on.
3. Understanding Where Your Food Comes From
When you raise or grow your own food, you know exactly where it’s coming from – which often isn’t the case when you’re shopping the grocery store aisles. The amount of transparency you have regarding what’s in your food is unparalleled when you have grown or raised it yourself. You know what pesticides or chemical fertilizers have been used (if any) and understand everything that went into the process of getting your meal on the table.
4. Increased Connection
There are so many things a homesteading lifestyle can increase your connection with. Your food, your animals, your family and friends, and nature – these are all things you might feel an increased connection with if you start homesteading.
Homesteading can mean different things to different people, and some people may want to get much more into the lifestyle than others. While some people may want to go all in on the homesteading lifestyle, for others, small changes to their routine here and there might suffice – like maintaining a garden.
If you choose to incorporate aspects of homesteading into your life, these benefits will keep on giving, from providing food security to increasing your connection with the world and your loved ones. Who knows? It just might change your life for the better.