When most of us think of homesteading, we think of our great-grandparents toughing it out in the country with a small garden and some chickens. These days, though, homesteading is making a comeback. More and more people are choosing to make a move towards self-sufficiency
, whether for financial, environmental, or entertainment reasons. Even older adults are beginning to embrace the trend, especially seniors who aren’t sure that they’ll be able to survive comfortably off of social security.
According to Rural Living Today, “Stemming from the development of the now-dissolved Homestead Act of 1862, there are still states and provinces in North America that provide entirely free land to homesteaders.” But this is just one of the reasons why many are drawn to this lifestyle. Here are a few other benefits that you may want to consider when retiring to a homestead instead of an assisted living home or senior community.
One of the best parts about living on a homestead is access to fresh fruits and vegetables each day. Growing your own food
is not only rewarding, but also healthy. The produce that you see in supermarkets has often been sitting for at least a couple of weeks, with some goods stored for over a year before hitting the shelves. Growing your own food ensures that everything you eat is fresh, natural, and free of dangerous chemicals and pesticides.
Traditional assisted living homes
and retirement communities often cost seniors a small fortune to join. It can cost tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars each year, which is more than most older adults can afford. As a result, many are forced to return or continue working during their later years in life. Living by yourself on a homestead is a far cheaper option thanks to lower rent and affordable utilities. You’ll also be saving on your weekly shopping by growing your own food. You can even sell excess produce at local farmer’s markets to help pad your bank account.
If you’re able to afford the initial investment, going off the grid can also help you to save each month on your energy bill. Depending on where you live, you may be able to take advantage of wind or hydroelectric power. If you don’t live next to a wind farm, you can always install solar panels on your roof or in your yard to enjoy cheap, green, and reliable solar energy. As experts at EcoWatch note
, this is one of the most convenient ways to cut your energy bill and enjoy the benefits that solar power provides.
After you stop working a full-time job, it can be tough to keep yourself occupied during the day. Moving to a homestead is not only a fulfilling way to spend your retirement but also affordable. Working outside in the sun and fresh air is a great way to keep both your mind and body healthy well into retirement age.