41 Ways to Start Homesteading Without Land

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Homesteading without LAND?  Yes!!

Homesteading in an apartment? Yes!!

Homesteading is a state of mind – choosing to become more of a creator and less of a consumer.

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Even if you’ll never have a piece of land, there are dozens of ways you can lead a homesteading life to benefit you and your family and enrich your daily life.

Here are 41 ideas, along with resources, to help you live a more intentional lifestyle. Use these recommendations to help you take the next few steps towards embracing a homesteading mentality: skills to learn, projects to research and tackle, cleaning and beauty products or herbal remedies to make, ways to be more local-focused.

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41 Ways to Start Homesteading Without Land

Use these recommendations to help you take the next few steps towards embracing a homesteading mentality: skills to learn, projects to research and tackle, cleaning and beauty products or herbal remedies to make, ways to be more local-focused.

  1. Learn to cook from scratch
  2. Learn to bake sourdough
  3. Grow microgreens 
  4. Brew kombucha
  5. Shop farmers markets
  6. Identify local farms/farmers, form a relationship
  7. Barter farm work for farm products
  8. Stock up on local produce: ask about seconds or extras and learn to preserve them
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  9. Learn to can: water bath + pressure canning
  10. Learn to dehydrate
  11. Learn to ferment
  12. Make soap
  13. Make beeswax candles
  14. Make cleaning supplies
  15. Make body care products
  16. Learn about herbal remedies and make them
  17. Learn about essential oils and use them
  18. Join a community garden
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  19. Make a deal with a friend to start a garden in their yard or on their land
  20. Practice guerilla gardening
  21. Learn to forage for food
  22. Learn to knit or crochet
  23. Learn to sew
  24. Learn to mend
  25. Buy raw milk and make butter
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  26. Make cheese: start with easy one like chevre or mozzarella
  27. Buy beef bones and make broth
  28. Buy chicken backs/necks/feet and make broth
  29. Learn to cook organ meats
  30. Grow lemons (indoors)
  31. Learn woodworking/building/power tools
  32. Learn how to weld
  33. Learn electrical skills
  34. Learn plumbing skills
  35. Tour local farms
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  36. Read gardening books
  37. Read farming memoirs
  38. Read how-to books
  39. Watch documentaries
  40. Pay down debt
  41. Save for land
  42. Educate yourself on best locations and features to look for in a homestead property

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If you have a yard or a little bit of land:

  1. Start a garden (start small!)
  2. Keep bees
  3. Plant a fruit tree
  4. Plant berries
  5. Raise a few laying hens for eggs
  6. Start a compost pile

Our family has made many of the mistakes that are easy to fall into through this process of learning and experimenting, and my goal is to impart the GOOD stuff to YOU, so you can avoid those pitfalls on your homesteading journey!

Perhaps you DO have a path toward your own land, and want this prep list to keep you focused on the dream. I encourage you to be bold and jump into learning and practicing and don’t let this list overwhelm you.

Instead, select one or two new ideas at a time to tackle to take charge of your family’s lifestyle.

Have you decided which of these ideas is the NEXT homesteading skill you are going to start working toward this year?

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