What is your definition of "homesteading"? I am so confused by where it is used now. My definition is obtaining land from the gov't by residing on it and adding value to it under the Homestead Act inacted back in the 1800's, or by filing a legal addition to your deed of trust to block small leins. What's yours?
It seems like the popular use of the word now encompasses all facets of self reliant farm life. we remember the days when you could file for and reside on a piece of land and eventually get title to it from the gov't. but not sure if there are many of those opportunities left. Also the lein protection paperwork is called a homestead filing. when we use the word we mean rural, farming, gardening and self-reliant living. your question actually gives us a reason to define it more clearly. so here is a list of words that would be associated with our lifestyle and proposed group.
small scale farming, gardening, hunting, fishing, trapping, canning,drying and preserving foods, alternative energy, animal husbandry (chickens,ducks, geese, rabbits,goats,etc.) herbal medicine, aquaculture, handcrafts, home design and construction, enviromental responsibility, natural living (living in accordance with the laws of nature.), self reliance, intentional simplicity and frugality, preparedness, healthy living.
Basically, we use the word "homesteading" as it was used in the back to the land movement in the 70's. that movement has resurfaced and is becoming quite popular again especially with the state of the world as it is. In our case we are hoping to put that into an intentional community or communal setting.
thanks for the opportunity to clarify Zeke!!