Why Homesteading is on the Rise in 2024

By LandCentral
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In the noisy digital age, there’s a quiet revolution taking root: Homesteading. Now this isn’t your pioneer days homesteading where only the lucky survive. No, this is an upgraded version with a focus on sustainability and simpler living. A return to our roots, if you will. So let’s learn Why Homesteading is on the Rise in 2024:

First Up, What is Homesteading?

At its core, homesteading is about self-sufficiency and a deep connection to the land. It’s often living off-grid, growing your own food, raising livestock, and embracing the ultimate DIY projects like canning, woodworking, and sewing. It’s a lifestyle rooted in independence, resilience, and a desire to live in harmony with nature, not against it.

Pros to Homesteading

  • Quality over quantity – Instead of purchasing mass produced, cheaply made items, homesteaders often opt for handmade goods and only things they find truly useful. This means that care and time goes into each product in a homesteader’s life.
  • Slower pace living – Without the race to keep up with the Jones’, the homesteading way of life often comes with more time in the day to focus on living your lifestyle working on your own dream instead of working on someone else’s.
  • Sense of Purpose – With homesteading, you often see the benefit of your labor. This often provides a sense of pride and purpose, something that’s usually lacking in the modern urban world. Who really cares about that expense report, anyway?
  • Real Estate Investment – Gone are the days of unusable lots. Purchasing a piece of raw land can now be turned into your own slice of paradise. Plus, with the advancements in off-grid technology and sustainable farming practices, even the most remote parcels of land can be transformed into thriving homesteads, complete with solar panels, rainwater collection systems, and permaculture gardens. *More on this later.

Top 3 Reasons Homesteading is on the Rise

  1. Remote Work – Thanks to the digital age, people can have their land and work it too (without having to give up their careers). Because we get it, homesteading’s not free, and come people even like their outside careers. Thanks to remote work options, many Americans are pursuing the best of both worlds, a career and property.
  2. Environmental Values – The growing awareness of the environmental impacts our current rat race society has on the planet is pushing a lot of Americans toward a homesteading way of life. By reducing reliance on industrial agriculture and consumer culture, homesteaders are minimizing their ecological footprint and promoting greater resilience in the face of climate change.
  3. Freedom from the man – Let’s face it, American’s love their freedom. Homesteading offers that final piece of the freedom pie, which is less reliance on the grid. If poo hits the fan, a homesteader will take it on the chin.

Basically, homesteading represents a return to roots—a rejection of excess in favor of a simpler, more sustainable way of life. It’s a movement driven by a desire for authenticity, connection, and self-reliance. And we’re here for it. LandCentral’s been providing raw land for all your homesteading needs for more than two decades. Whether you’re looking to start your own homestead or simply seeking a place to escape the hustle and bustle, we’re here to help.

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