I recently received an email from a fan of Survival at Home who told me they would no longer be following my Facebook page. They said they were looking for more stuff about prepping, and that a lot of my recent articles had been about homesteading.
I’m not sure they understand how homesteading and prepping are alike. In fact, there may be some general confusion about why some people feel that homesteading and prepping are so similar, so I felt the need to address it in an article.
From a (potentially former) fan/reader:
Hey I just wanted to tell you in an email that I will probably be unliking your Facebook page in the next few days, and I wanted you to know why. When I first started reading your stuff, it was mainly about prepping — which I think is important. Lately all you do is talk about gardening and other “homesteady” types of things. Which is fine, I mean it’s your page. I’m just not into homesteading, so I’ll probably unlike your page soon. I might like it again when summer is over and you’re not talking about gardening and stuff so much.”
How Homesteading and Prepping are Alike
In the hopes that you haven’t unliked my page yet (and that you are still reading my blog), I would like to address you publicly so others who feel the way you do might also benefit from what I have to say.
Let me start by thanking you for being a loyal reader for so long. It is truly humbling to know that people actually want to know what I have to say, and how I feel about certain topics. I appreciate you for as long as you have already been with me, and I hope that after reading this article, you might decide to stick around longer.
You see, my website and social media outlets are geared toward homesteading AND prepping. In fact, the tagline for my site is “Homesteading and survival for the modern family.”
Why? Well, that’s easy to explain. Keep reading.
Why I Feel Like Homesteaders and Preppers are the Same
I honestly feel like homesteaders ARE preppers — at least to a certain degree. They have learned to grow their own food in gardens. They also might be found to raise animals which would also provide food for their family in the form of milk, eggs and meat. They grow as much food as they can in as many ways as is possible for them, and if there are any portions of that food that might spoil or go bad before they can eat it, they learn to preserve it – canning, fermenting, curing, dehydrating, freezing, etc.
There are also those homesteaders that make their own cleaning supplies from common household ingredients (like laundry detergent and dish washing powders), hand wash their clothes and hang them to dry, and harvest rain water to water their gardens.
Now to you, this may seem like a bunch of “homesteady” stuff that doesn’t have anything to do with prepping — I, however, would challenge that line of thought. I think it IS prepping.
You see, most preppers are getting ready for “SHTF” or “TEOTWAWKI”. They’re stocking up on food (which is what homesteaders do), finding new ways to generate their own power (which is what a lot of homesteaders do), and have at least one gun (which most homesteaders already have — and practice shooting on a regular basis).
Let me ask you this — what is the end goal? Survival and self-sufficiency, right? Both of which are important to preppers and homesteaders alike.
How Homesteaders and Preppers are Different
There may be a few differences between homesteaders and preppers, though. For example, preppers may view this as an alternative lifestyle — one their friends and family may not understand (although a few do). Homesteaders view this as “normal life” — one their friends and family totally get (although some don’t).
Another difference is that while most preppers are looking for new ways to bug-out, most homesteaders are fully prepared to bug-in and defend their property to the death.
You see, dear reader, homesteaders and preppers are a LOT alike. In fact, a lot of the homesteaders I know actually consider themselves “preppers” to some degree or another.
So why am I so adamant that preppers and homesteaders are alike?
Preppers feel that when the SHTF, they’ll be ready and able to live off the grid. Lots of them practice bugging-out to a remote location where they have a base camp set up and ready to go. They hang out for the weekend (some stay longer), foraging, hunting, and fishing for their food (or eating homemade MREs), sleeping in a shelter that’s at least semi-primitive, and trying to make life a little better every day.
Homesteaders feel that if the stuff ever hit the fan, they’d already be safe in their homes. They have all the comforts of home — many with extra safety and security measures ready to go at a moments notice. They have lots of homegrown food stored in various ways with means of getting more when needed. They, too, are trying to make life a little better every day — but they do it every single day, it’s how they live.
Don’t get confused, none of what I said was meant to make homesteaders look any better than preppers, just to show why I feel like they’re alike, even through their differences. In fact, there are many areas in which preppers are more advanced than homesteaders. Many preppers take multiple forms of martial arts for close-quarters self defense. They practice stealth, basic operations security, and know their city and surrounding areas like the back of their hands.
The point to all of this, my reader friend, is for you to understand that while I am talking about gardening, food preservation, and other such “homesteady” type topics, those same things can be learning tools applied to prepping.
The key to it all is knowledge. That’s the one thing nobody can ever take from you. Learn, practice, and perfect different skills so you’re prepared for anything that may come your way. If the grid goes down tomorrow, and you get to your bug-out location, why not take a couple thousand seeds with you to start a garden?
I’m not the only one that thinks this way, either.
I would really like this to be an open dialogue on this article. I want to know what you think.
Send it to a friend who may be a prepper or a homesteader and they just don’t know it.
Send it to someone you know that refuses the moniker of either “prepper” or “homesteader” for whatever reason.
Finally, encourage open discussion not only in the comments section below, but on your own social media pages… with your friends and family at your next gathering… with your neighbors when you’re talking across the fence.
I hope this has cleared things up for you and anyone else reading along who may have been confused about my site. I sincerely hope to hear back from you — either in the comments below, or in email.