To provide the knowledge and resources needed to live in a more self-sufficient way.
Homesteading and Self-Sufficiency
are on 1/10
th of an acre or 100 acres there are numerous ways to be self-sufficient
and establish your own homestead. Homesteading by definition is a lifestyle of
self-sufficiency. It is characterized by subsistence agriculture, home food preservation,
and may also involve the small-scale production of textiles, clothing, and
craftwork for household use or sale. Being more self-sufficient means living
within your economic means which may require a new mindset regarding your
definition of success.
raised beds to fields of crops, there are so many ways and styles of providing
food for yourself and your community. Preserving that food through canning,
freezing, drying and fermenting will allow you to sustain your family through
the winter and spring. The cultivation and preservation of food is an idea and
practice we have become removed from, and it is something worth finding our way
relying on commercial agriculture, raising livestock on a smaller scale can be
personally and financially fulfilling. Raising live stock for meat, eggs, dairy
or fiber can provide you with the necessary resources for moving one step closer
to becoming self-sufficient.
as hunters and gathers, and one of the best ways to provide ourselves with meat
is hunting and fishing. Utilizing the woods and the bountiful trove of resources,
there are numerous ways to increase your self-sufficiency using what nature
provides, whether you hunt for meat or trap for furs.
homesteader requires getting back to the basics to provide wholesome food and a
sustainable way of life for your family and community. We hope you’ll join
Cornell Cooperative Extension on our Homesteading and Self-Sufficiency journey.
Click on each of the photos to explore the different areas of homesteading:
Food Preservation & Preparation
Hunting & Gathering
Livestock and Animal Husbandry
Planting and Growing
Last updated March 4, 2021