Glossary of Homesteading Terms

Homesteader: a settler

Modern-Day Homesteader: modern-day homesteader as someone who seeks a lifestyle of self-sufficiency.

Modern-Day Homesteading: Modern Homesteading is a lifestyle and working toward self-sufficiency. It is a process and can be done in the city, country, or on the side of a mountain where some live. It also can mean being more environmentally conscious and trying to lessen your impact on the environment. It is characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of food, and may also involve the small scale production of textiles, clothing, and craftwork for household use or sale.

Heritage Breed: Traditional livestock breeds that were raised by our forefathers. These are the breeds of a bygone era, before industrial agriculture became a mainstream practice. … Heritage animals once roamed the pastures of America’s pastoral landscape, but today these breeds are in danger of extinction.

Heirloom Variety (or Seed or Plant) : An heirloom plant, heirloom variety, heritage fruit, or heirloom vegetable is an old cultivar of a plant used for food that is grown and maintained by gardeners and farmers, particularly in isolated or ethnic minority communities of the Western world.

Urban homestead: Homesteaders located in a city

Suburban homestead: Homesteaders located in the suburbs