Homesteading is strictly defined as “life as a settler on a homestead.” Wikipedia has a definition I like: a lifestyle of self-sufficiency.
I like being as self-sufficient as I can. I have learned to knit and crochet my handspun wool. I learned how to spin wool on two different spinning wheels, how to hand card the wool into rolags, or use the drum carder to make batts. I can dye that wool using commercial dyes, food colouring or Kool Aide. I have even used leftover hair dye with moderate success.
I learned how to water bath can my fruits, and pressure can my vegetables and meats, although I haven’t done any in the last year. I have made dry soup mixes which I “dry can” in mason jars which are ready to add water and cook for a couple of hours. I have even tried my hand at dehydrating foods, including some hamburger “rocks.”
I have done a lot, and have a lot more I still want to do. All I can say is — it’s an adventure!