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1. A house, especially a farmhouse, with adjoining buildings and land.
2. Law Property qualifying as a person's home under certain laws, such as laws providing tax abatements and exemptions, survivorship rights for spouse and children, and immunity from claims of creditors.
3. Land claimed by a settler or squatter, especially under the Homestead Act.
4. The place where one's home is.
v. home·stead·ed, home·stead·ing, home·steads
To settle and farm land, especially under the Homestead Act.
To claim and settle (land) as a homestead.

home′stead′er n.


(in Britain) n
(Social Welfare)
a. a scheme whereby council tenants are enabled to buy derelict property from the council and renovate it with the aid of Government grants
b. (as modifier): a homesteading scheme.
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We've gained a lot of information that has helped us through homeschooling and homesteading. I have thought many times to write, but never took the time to do so.
To help you bring this same spirit to your hometown, we've launched a new project to foster "Neighbors Helping Neighbors--Building More Self-Reliant Communities." MOTHER EARTH NEWS and our sister magazine GRIT invite you to celebrate International Homesteading Education Month this September.
Homestead Heritage is a working farm that annually attracts more than 40,000 people through various programs: a school of homesteading, a school of woodworking, a traditional crafts village, a handworked-furniture company, organic gardens, orchards and livestock, a general store, and the famous Homestead Farms Dell & Bakery serving fresh-baked bread, fresh butter, grassfed beef, artisan cheeses, homemade ice cream and other treats from the farm.
With that goal in mind, MOTHER EARTH NEWS and our sister magazine GRIT invite you to participate as we host International Homesteading Education Month this September.
Although it's possible to homestead solo, and there are many o can and do, I suspect for the majority of homesteaders it is by necessity a shared enterprise of many hands and complimentary skill sets that most efficiently provides the benefits of a homesteading life.
He leans forward and speaks a little faster, his 20-year passion for the homesteading era shining through, as he describes how just-right circumstances brought homesteaders flooding into Montana for a decade.
Historically, homesteading has been a rural enterprise, but the version that is emerging in the 21st century is not exclusive to the country.
Because I believe that homesteading is important, that it fosters the creativity and freedom that America needs to meet the challenges of our uncertain future, I spend time thinking about ways to make homesteading more successful.
I have observed the modern homesteading movement from primarily the perspective of a planning consultant and builder.
And this new wave of homesteading is not just about learning to make do with less.
Besides the work required in homesteading, we see two major obstacles for many people who would like to be doing what we're doing.