Homesteading is a broad concept. Often, it refers to completely self-sufficient households that grow their own food or use solar energy.  Homesteading is a way of living characterized by self-sufficiency. Modern homesteaders practice living in a sustainable, generally natural way, utilizing the resources they have at hand. This lifestyle can range from traditional farmstead to urban roof gardens and compost bins. This land is usually located in small towns, who are giving away land in hopes of bringing more people, and eventually jobs to their communities. States in particular who have a large number of homesteading opportunities are Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan, and Minnesota.

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The Frugal Homesteader: Living the Good Life on Less

The Frugal Homesteader is the DIY manual to help you succeed whether you’re a first-time homesteader looking for new, affordable, and sustainable ideas, approaches, and techniques, or a small-scale farm in sustainable agriculture.

The Frugal Homesteader is a fun, inspirational, and educational guide that explores a lifetime of learning that comes with being a homesteader. This book covers such topics as outfitting your garden after following dozens of successful families who have been motivated to save money and live off the land. How to build a barn and outbuildings, harvest rainwater, use wood to heat, and more. 

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