What’s Better: Prepping or Homesteading?

It seems that some preppers and some homesteaders have it in for each other. They insult and look down their nose at the other based upon their perceptions of who is more mature and more likely to survive. And some get really hot under the collar about it.

For example, one homesteader wrote,

“Whoa! As someone who has homesteaded for the past 17 years and actually walked the walk, I can assure you that there is so much more to it that any prepper will ever comprehend. I hate for this to sound so self-righteous, but it is just simply true.”

Others had a more measured tone in their replies about the issue:

“Both are about being more self sufficient. I think they intertwine. Lot of homesteaders prep, and lot of preppers practice some form of homesteading”

It’s pretty clear that both are looking to survive in what they see coming in the future.

What do you think: Prepping or homesteading and why? Comment below.

 
 

  • Alan Schwartz

    Many of us who have been prepping for social disorder, natural disaster etc would love to homestead but land is not cheap or readily available in many cases. Against all common sense we are tangled up in our homes and neighborhood and making the transition seems too daunting a task. I respect homesteaders and peppers alike. Both stand a better chance when the SHTF.

    • David Oswalt

      Who says you have to have land to homestead? I have recently moved to the country but until then I was on <14 acre. On that tiny lot I had 4 hens 1 rooster heritage breed Australorp, 9 ducks Pekins, 20+ heritage breed American Blue rabbits, 15+ Quail, 4 Guinneas, and 3 dogs. Not to mention the random roosters I would free score from craigslist and "store on the hoof" until I was ready to send to freezer camp. Nice garden in the front yard to go along with it. It wasn't even my house. I rented the yard and driveway from a friend. Lived in solar powered camper in the driveway. My water was the only thing "on grid". All of the livesto water was rain catchment. *The duck pools got filled from grid water but that water then went to water the garden. Might not be your typical homestead but its urban homesteading. Also proves it can be done. Right in the middle of a pretty large city and metropolitan area. Could have done more if it was actually my house and not renting the yard but my goal was to get things rolling while I devised my way out of the big city.

  • Andy Daniels

    I don’t really think one is necessarily BETTER than the other, but I DO think that there are certain limiting mentalities to both points of view that deserve being looked at. I think that preppers, by and large, still view food/water prepping as buying a bunch of surplus freeze-dried or MRE-type stuff, which WILL eventually run out and overall neglect homesteader skills which would provide them with what they need. By the same token, I think that homesteaders tend to have a mentality similar to “I’ve been here x years in this remote place and I’ve never bothered no one…just minded my own.” This is also dangerous and will catch homesteaders flat-footed and possibly in a world of trouble if they don’t “prep” for the unexpected things during SHTF/TEOTWAWKI.

  • Carol Bartlett

    Both have their points, but a good homesteader is prepping. A prepper, per say, may not have the capabilities of a homesteader as with raising stock or gardening. Each individual, if looking out for what the future may have in store, will have to decide how much they can do. I don’t think one is better than the other, as long as both are learning so they can take care of their families. I started out with prepper mindset, but was able to extend that into a homestead.

  • Clete Tacker

    The last thing we need to be doing as preppers or homesteaders is to be fighting amongst ourselves. Both are doing what they can to be prepared for the disasters the government is bringing to us all. We are on the same team so to speak. And we might need each other in the future more than we know right now. Just try and encourage one another and pass along tips and ideas you may have to help make us all better more prepared preppers and homesteaders.

    • Brian Young

      Power in numbers

  • Tammy Foor

    I believe if prepping to you means buying stuff and storing it that’s not going to get you through. Practicing with it refining what you really will use and need and supplementing with skills in woodsman ship, homesteading, and mechanical skills is needed.
    If you are a serious homesteader who also is a serious prepped wow cane you go wrong.

  • phylm

    We’re in our 80’s, retired dairy farmers. Started emergency prepping in 1969, but always tried to raise almost all of our food. We’ve had to readjust to sub-tropical bugs and fungi in Northern Florida, but are still prepping and gardening…and bugging anyone who will listen to follow suit. I’ve helped people who didn’t thnk they had the means to prep get prepped, and I’ll keep trying!