Homestead-A homestead is a house and surrounding land owned by a family — often, it includes a farmhouse.
Farm-A farm is a plot of land that's used for growing food crops or raising livestock.
Now that we have that out of the way, what does it actually mean?
Well, we happen to have a house and surrounding land, though it's a small piece, so I guess we qualify under this definition of "homestead". We also happen to raise crops and livestock. That makes us a farm too.
I am going to re-define the two terms to how I view them.
Homestead- a place to become more sustainable. Your goal is to provide for yourself, your family, your livestock, off the property you have.
Farm- lands with which you raise livestock or crops with the intention of making a profit.
Here at Three Chickadees Farm, our first intention is to provide for ourselves. I have a small family of 5 people. Three growing children who I homeschool, share adventures, and feed all the delicious organic grown foods we produce here. We put up most of our surplus for the winter months. This makes us first a homestead.
We also try to sell some of our surplus, but not in production quantities yet. It is however in our 5 year goal. To put in production beds with which to provide a modest income. So we are also a farm-ish.
I would put us in the modern homestead category with farmy aspiration. Property may never be in our cards, and I am content to continue in growing for my family, my pantry, and my community. A modern urban homestead inspiring resilience and sustainability.
Which are you?