How To Be Self- Sufficient With Limited Space

If you live in an apartment building or on a college campus than you have practically no space for homesteading. Many people think that you need acres and acres of land to homestead, but, the truth is you can grow food in your own room. I am already a homesteader, because I am partially self-sufficient already. For every seed and seedling I plant the more self-sufficient I become. But, it’s not just gardening that you can do in a small space.

Here’s a list of things that you could potentially do to be more self-sufficent if you live in a small space:

Sell things at your local farmer’s market

  • Even if you don’t have much to sell from your garden, you can sell other things as well, such as handmade items, baked goods, other types of food, even mealworms. The possibilities are endless at a farmer’s market.

Learn how to cook from scratch

  • By learning this skill you are definitely becoming more self-sufficient. Even if all of or most of your ingredients are coming from the store it’s still a very important skill to have, if one of your goals is self-sufficiency.

Starting a small bug operation

  • I have already showed in you several of my previous posts about how easy it is to start a worm farm, or a mealworm farm. Plus for both of them, they only need a small amount of space.

Learning how to preserve your food

  • By learning how to do things like freezing, canning, dehydrating, and freeze drying you are preserving your harvests, and your leftovers. To be used at another time. This is a very good thing to do if plan on becoming self-sufficient.

Raising quail or backyard chickens

  • Now this one is something you could probably do if you lived in a neighborhood with at least some sort of backyard. I doubt that an apartment would allow you to do anything like this. But, both of these livestock are great for relatively small spaces and they produce eggs and meat.

Learning how to sew

  • Even if you know how to sew just a little bit, this is a great tool to have. As long as you know a few simple stiches you should be able to fix and mend things when they get worn out, which thus prolongs their life.


  • Whether gardening for you is just a small row of herbs in your window sill, or thousands of plants in a huge garden outside. You are still a gardener. You can grow all sorts of things indoors. My mom has a tower garden where she can grow lettuce, eggplant, spinach, cabbage, herbs, and even strawberries, tomatoes, and peppers(however these should be grown on an outdoor tower garden as they require pollination)!

Catch your own rainwater

  • Even if you live 10 stories high in an apartment in a big city, as long as you have a balcony you can put, a rain barrel on it. I will warn you though, some apartments won’t allow you to use a rain barrel because they want you to use their water instead. It sounds strange but, it could happen.

Honey bees

  • Apartments are starting to get more and more okay with people having their own bee hives, because they are great for the environment. If you live in an apartment maybe consider asking about keeping bees. They might just say yes.

Buy used things

  • One great way to be self-sufficient is by shopping at thrift stores, and garage sales so that you can get good prices on things instead of buying them brand new. It’s a great way to save money.

Well, that my friends is my little list. What are you doing to be a self-sufficient homesteader in a small space? I’m growing a garden, learning how to cook, learning how to sew, composting in my backyard, buying a lot of my things used, and raising my own mealworms. Thanks for reading!


3 thoughts on “How To Be Self- Sufficient With Limited Space”

  1. These are all great ideas. My only advice is to check local ordinances before doing bees or birds. For example I live in a suburban area and we are restricted in the number and sex of chickens we are allowed to own by lot size and we have to get a permit to have bees.

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    1. Oh yes, of course 😊where we live I’m only allowed up to 5 hens with a permit. Granted a cheap permit, but one nonetheless. I still don’t have birds at our house though but, it doesn’t stop me from wanting them of course. With certain birds like quail they don’t have laws about how many you can have which is one reason I think quail are just an incredible option for people interested in this type of thing. Thanks for your comment!

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