Homesteading is not a new concept. Living a simple, self reliant lifestyle has been going on since... well, forever. My favorite historical time period for a peek at this "self-sustaining lifestyle" of course would be during the 1940's when planting a victory garden and making do and mending became an important role of every freedom loving American. Below are some wonderful early 1940s pictures from LIFE magazine depicting life on a farm.
If only I could look as glamorous working around our homestead this Summer.