A couple of weeks after the discussions of whether or not I would be transporting goats in our Outback, I picked up
this copy of Mother Earth News. Joel asked what I was reading and when I showed him he said,”Oooh good grief”.
Anyway, while perusing it’s pages, I came across this sentence, “Planting multiple food gardens and hauling sheep in your car may mean you’re a homesteader”. I assume that includes goats…and if it does…I just may be a homesteader. But, more than likely, it would probably just classify me as a redneck.
According to my current understanding, a homesteader is someone who is self sufficient…and you can take that as far as you like.
Somewhere I read that there are four levels of homesteading.
- Level 1 – you have a year round garden.
- Level 2 – you have a year round garden plus hens for eggs.
- Level 3 – you have a year round garden, hens for eggs and livestock for meat.
- Level 4 – you have all of the above plus a couple of goats or a cow for dairy.
Kinda like working your way up through the marshal arts.
I do have a few herbs and winter vegetables
scattered throughout my flower beds.
And, I have hens for eggs, not to mention those that I butchered this summer.
So I guess that means that with a little more work, I could be a third degree homesteader.
I will admit I have allowed the homesteading idea to roll around in my head for some time now. And…it’s mostly been a romantic idea. But if it would keep me from having to go to the grocery store…becoming a fourth degree homesteader…just might be worth my while.