Broadly defined, homesteading
is a lifestyle of simple, agrarian self-sufficiency
Currently the term homesteading
applies to anyone who is a part of the back-to-the-land movement
and who chooses to live a sustainable, self-sufficient lifestyle. While land is no longer freely available in most areas of the world, homesteading remains as a way of life. A new movement, called "urban homesteading
," can be viewed as a simple living
lifestyle, incorporating small-scale agriculture, sustainable
gardening, and home food production and storage into suburban or city living.
Homesteading may also refer to the practice of squatting — occupying an abandoned or unoccupied space or building that the squatter does not own, rent or otherwise have permission to use.