Homesteading is finding newfound popularity, and some community colleges are helping students live off the land once again, whether they live in a big city or rural village.
Homesteading began in this country with the Homestead Act that was signed into law by President Lincoln in 1862. According to this legislation, people were allowed to obtain free land in exchange for the development of a homestead farm within a set time frame. If they successfully started their farm, the land it sat upon was theirs to keep.
Although homesteading laws are no longer in effect throughout most of Canada and the United States, the idea of homesteading appears to be catching on once again. We will take a look at the new definition of homesteading and visit some community colleges that are teaching students how to successfully adopt this way of life.
While homesteading in the 19th
century was about staking your claim to a piece of land, today's definition is more about finding self sufficiency in a simpler way of life. According to Modern Homesteading Today
, modern homesteaders grow their own food, make their own clothing and even supply their own electricity to their homes through solar or wind power
. Homesteading allows individuals to abandon the break-neck speed lifestyles common today, in favor of a simpler life living off the land and growing together as a family
Homesteading can be done in any area of the country, including the heart of big cities. In fact, urban homesteading has become a popular concept, as more city dwellers learn to live self sufficiently as much as possible, despite their bustling surroundings.
Other homesteaders find that living