Episode-2091- The Future of Homesteading in America

Food From Back Yard to Stir Fry in Under 20 Minutes!

Long ago in the first year of TSP, which would be 2008 I said something pretty close to this…

Many are comparing the current interest in homestead to the earlier back to the land movements of the 70s and 30s both which fizzled out.  This time is different though, homestead is returning as simply being an American way of life and current forces will only make it stronger over time.

So how has that worked out?  I would say that today there are more people “homesteading” then ten years ago, that number is growing and the only time there have been more people homesteading, is when almost everyone was doing it because they had to.

Can I prove that?  Nope but based on my observations on and off line and my discussions on and off line, I find it to be a reasonable position to take.  Today we examine this phenomenon and examine its potential evolving future.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Why homesteading has become so popular in the last decade
    • Because it works
    • It improves lives, health and economics of families and individuals
    • Because it is fun and innately human
    • Because of the internet
  • What we can expect to see growth of in the future
    • Green houses and screen houses
    • Aquaponics
    • Aquatics
    • Urban (small scale) homesteading
    • Micro greens and quick return crops
    • Back yard orchards and berry patches
    • Back yard livestock
    • Automation
    • Community development
  • The primary skill sets that will become common again
    • Composting
    • Gardening
    • Food Preservation
    • Animal Husbandry
  • Several Additional Factors to Consider
    • A rapidly changing economy and employment sector
    • The propensity to “double up” (multi generation homes)
    • The growing desire to simplify “pair down” etc.
    • A growing dissatisfaction with “faster, better, cheaper, more”
  • Final Thoughts

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7 Responses to Episode-2091- The Future of Homesteading in America

  1. Hey Jack – what’s that yellow thing under the rag in today’s picture?

  2. Great show Jack. Quick note on “Learning to fly”. This song is absolutely about using Heroin. While there are one or two lines thay can be interpreted to be about flying a plane, most of the song has nothing to do with flying at all.
    The whole song is a description of ling term Heroin use, chasing the original high amd never getting there again. “The rocks might melt and the seeds may burn” is this aboit flying a plane or drug use?
    Not a big deal obviously but I have actually been listening to Tom Petty a lot recently so its been on my mind. Cheers

    • Modern Survival

      So you are saying Tom Petty lied about the song?

    • I wouldn’t call it a lie. I would suggest he didn’t want to reveal his heroin usage to whatever idiot journalist was interviewing him for this particular quote. Most musicians don’t want their drug use to be public especially when it comes to heroin.
      It’s also common (or used to be common) for musicians to mask such topics in allegory.
      It’s a great song either way

  3. Aquaponic Nozzle Clean-out

    May look at the automatic air compressor water drain to use in automating the aquaponic nozzle clean out. It is just a timed solenoid valve. Maybe go around the ball value and tie in the solenoid in with full pressure and it blows out the line once a day. May take a bit of playing with, but may be able to figure a work around or open the community brainpower to use the concept. Good luck.

    • Cheap “normal off” water solenoid valves could be salvaged from old washing machines or the replacement valves and all attached to a lamp timer. Bi-passing the proportioning ball valve and tying the source line to the nozzle on the other side would give a timed, controlled bust of full pressure water like opening the proportioning valve by hand.