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Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. It is characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of foodstuffs, and it may or may not also involve the small scale production of textiles, clothing, and craftwork for household use or sale.

Modern homesteaders often use renewable energy options including solar electricity and wind power and some even invent DIY products. Many also choose to plant and grow heirloom vegetables and to raise heritage livestock. Homesteading is not defined by where someone lives, such as the city or the country, but by the lifestyle choices they make.

In homesteading, social and government support systems are frequently abandoned in favor of self-reliance in order to maximize independence and self-determination. The degree of independence occurs along a spectrum, with many homesteaders creating foodstuffs or crafts to appeal to high-end niche markets in order to meet financial needs. Other homesteaders come to the lifestyle following successful careers which provide the funding for land, housing, taxes, and specialized equipment such as solar panels, farm equipment and electricity generators.

However you come to these lifestyle changes is a personal choice. We encourage you to read and contribute here. You can find more info at the Family Redoubt, here: http://family.redoubtnews.com/

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Why We Prepare – The Pioneer Fire 2016

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Why We Prepare *Editor’s Note:  This is the first of a series we hope will be informative and beneficial to the community. If you have a story that explains why you prepare for emergencies please […]

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Tips For Canning Soups, Stews, and Chili

July 31, 2016 0

Tips For Canning Homemade Soups, Stews, and Chili A Pressure Canner is a MUST!  When canning anything other than fruits, pickles, or plain tomatoes, you absolutely need to use a pressure canner (not the same […]

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Food Contamination by Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy

June 17, 2016 0

Food Contamination by Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy We’ve talked a lot about sterilizing water to make it safe for drinking, but a few things in the news lately got me thinking about food safety, […]

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Seasoning Your Dutch Oven

June 11, 2016 0

Seasoning Your Dutch Oven The Dutch Oven Dude has some great advice on using your dutch oven. Seasoning a dutch oven does two things: Prevents rust and corrosion Creates a non-stick cooking surface for easier […]

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One Year Supply of Food

June 11, 2016 0

One Year Supply of Food How to accumulate a one year supply of food without breaking the bank As fuel prices increase, droughts and water contaminations occur and economic irresponsibilities increase, food prices accelerate at […]

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Water Purification Tips Everyone Needs to Know

June 8, 2016 0

Water Purification Tips Everyone Needs to Know Water purification is important whether you’re planning a family camping trip or your municipal water supply to your house has been tainted. Understanding how to properly and safely […]

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