How to Homestead When You Rent Part Five

How to Homestead When You Rent - Part 5

Homesteaders wear coats of many colors these days.  Beyond the traditional land owner working their spread, there are homesteaders that live in cities, suburbia, condos, and apartments.  Many rent their homes and do not own them.

In their own way, each homesteader does what he or she can.  They “homestead in place” and make the best of it.  Their universal goal is to be self-sufficient and to live a simpler life, as difficult as that might be.  A simpler life, although not necessarily an easier life. 

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How to Homestead When You Rent: Part Four

How to Homestead When You Rent Part 4 - Backdoor Survival

When someone talks about desire to homestead, it is easy to conjure up a vision of cows out at pasture, a flock of chickens in the backyard, and an acre of organic crops in the field.  At the same time, it is easy to confuse homesteading with living off-grid.  Sometimes the two do meet, but more often that not, they are separate and unique lifestyles of their own.

Something I have been learning in this series, How to Homestead When You Rent, is that homesteading, as much as anything else, is a mindset where you transcend from being a consumer of things, to a creator and fixer of things. 

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How to Homestead When You Rent: Part Three

How to Homestead When Your Rent Part Three - Backdoor Survival

Most prepper-types are also homesteaders but do not know it.  I say that because we “Homestead in Place” which is a term I defined back in January 2014.  Perhaps others are now using that term; I have not checked.  None the less, it still applies.

By my own definition, to “homestead in place” means that you take what you have – be it a downtown condo, an urban apartment, a suburban tract home or a cottage home in a seaside community – and choose an assortment of traditional homesteading activities to apply to your unique environment.

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How to Homestead When You Rent: Part Two

How to Homestead When You Rent Part 2 - Backdoor Survival

According to my research, the term “Homestead” was first used in the United States in the 1860’s.  More specifically, in 1862 a law was passed that offered for free up to 160 acres to any family who paid a registration fee, lived on the land for five years, and cultivated it as a farm.  A similar act was passed in Canada in 1872.

According to Wikipedia, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 ended homesteading with the exception of Alaska, where homesteading on public lands was allowed until 1986.

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How to Homestead When You Rent: Part One


Homesteading is the buzz word of the year within the preparedness community, and rightfully so. The desire to be self-sufficient and self-reliant has never been stronger.  Folks of all ages and all walks of life are beginning to look back to pioneer days as they seek skills to learn how to grow food, cook from scratch, raise farm animals, and repair and repurpose what is old and tired into something that is new and useful.

Although I have written about homesteading, and especially how to homestead in place, there is so much more to write about. 

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How to Bake Bread: Easy English Muffin Bread

How to Bake English Muffin Bread - Backdoor Survival

I have a confession to make.  I am a bread addict.  Give me a chunk of crunchy chewy whole grain bread or a slice of fresh artisan bread and I am in heaven.

The good news is that quality breads are readily available for purchase almost everywhere these days.  The bad news is that they are super expensive.  The answer to this good news bad news situation is easy: bake your own bread!  Okay, I get it but who has the time for that?

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Baking from Scratch is a Skill You Need: A to Z Bread

More and more these days I find myself baking from scratch.  There are the artisan breads, the automatic bread maker breads and more recently artisan pizza.  All of these hand baked items are far superior to store bought – no sneaky ingredients or preservatives that I can not pronounce – plus, they cost pennies to make.  (Actually, about 50 cents which is still far less than $4 or more for store bought in my my neck of the woods.)

And then there are quick breads. 

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