How to Start A Homestead
Are you thinking about how to start to homestead? It can be overwhelming to think about, especially if you don't have a lot of land of your own. The idea of starting a homestead can definitely feel overwhelming. There is so much to consider, so many things to do!
How to Start A Homestead
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What steps do I take? What should I do first? Let me try to answer that complex question as best I can. Just start. Just start homesteading.
Homesteading activities typically include growing and preserving food crops, cooking meals from scratch, raising animals, making homemade medicines, personal care products, perhaps even clothing, and an overall goal to “live off the land”.
Homesteaders may also barter and trade for the things they cannot produce themselves.
Land Size for Homesteading
You don't need to have 20 or more acres of land to homestead. You need to sit down and think about what you want, what's important, and then look at the amount of land you do have and what you can do with it.
The size of garden you want, the animals you want, think about your long-term goals for your homestead, to determine how much land you need.
Anyone, anywhere, can garden. You do not have to have a large piece of land or any land. You can grow plants in containers on a patio of an apartment.
You would be amazed at the amount of food you can produce on a small suburban lot. This gives you the advantage of being able to start your homestead with a much larger garden since you are more experienced. This is how we started ourselves.
Homesteading Can Save You Money
Maybe you don't have a lot of money to spend to get started but start small. Save money to put towards something you want, like a chicken coop.
Instead of buying a loaf of bread, you can make bread a heck of a lot cheaper yourself. I make our bread 90% of the year. I do buy loaves here and there because it's just easy.
I also “invested” in a bread machine from Salvation Army for the summer months.
You may be have noticed I have been sharing condiment recipes here because we make them instead of buying them all.
Homesteading is not an all-or-nothing thing. Start small, go slow. Plan out what you want to have in 5 years. What is the first, small step of that plan? Maybe it's learning to garden. That's where we started.
Add an animal here and there as you learn more about them, about their needs, and such.
Things to think about:
- land size
- garden size
- chickens, turkey, goat, maybe a cow?
- what is most important to you?
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