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    • We bought 7 acres a few years ago and are in the process of building our house. I have started with chickens for meat and eggs. Next year we will get a goat and are thi king about a beef cow. I also ha e started a small garden but plan on a much bigger on next year. It’s a start and I have huge dreams for the future.

    • I come from a farming background! This article is very informative! I live in a 1930s bungalow with quite a large garden! Looking to grow more home produce!

  1. Excellent article… right now I’m doing gardens and chickens but hope to get a scrap of land at some point and and go big on the garden and maybe maybe maybe be able to establish a small creamery with goats.. if nothing else maybe a roadside stand with fresh veggies, cheese, eggs, milk, bird houses from pallet wood, etc… just a bit of diversity to the income stream and I can live really really cheap… Good read – thanks!

  2. Very helpful information. We were just starting our homestead in the south when we had to relocate to the frozen tundra of Alaska for a government contract. We will never give up on our homesteading dreams but for now we are doing little bits from our tiny apartment. We have a patio garden and I am learning to make several things from scratch in the food department and learning to make my own soaps and oils. It is reassuring to see posts like this. Thanks.

  3. I like how you emphasize the skills part of homesteading like learning to make your own bread (something I’ve been putting off lol)
    I’m in the slow start process of starting homesteading in my yard in town. I am gathering as much info as I can and saving up to have things built, while working on expanding my veggie gardens 🙂
    I found this a helpful read in the sense that it really makes it seem like I’m doing a good job even though my progress is slow. It gets you in the mind set for it all 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. I’m so glad I found your blog. I find it encouraging. I have a half a acre & already upper age with a major health problem. However I know I can still do some things & learn to do other things a different way. Thank you for all the idea’s.

    • You’re welcome. I’m sorry to hear about your health problem, I’m trying to write more about homesteading with health issues (I have a couple myself), and would love to chat sometime about your experience. 🙂

  5. Good, solid advice. Thanks for sharing. I currently ‘homestead’ in a Florida subdivision home on 1/8 acre with one of the strictest HOA’s ever known to man. So, you can say I started from scratch, too. 🙂 I have such tight restrictions here that I can do very little outside, but I have it going on inside! Outside I have a lemon tree that produces abundantly, which I use to make pies, juice, lemon pepper, cleaners, etc. I’m trying Shitake mushrooms in logs and I grow citronella, lemongrass, parsley and chives year round. That’s the only plants I have because the entire lot is covered with shade trees. I literally chase sunlight in the winter by moving the potted plants around. Inside, I have a ridiculously successful worm compost bin I can barely keep up with. I make my own: laundry soap, bath soap, bread crumbs, household cleaners, candles, gravy, wrapping paper, gifts, party favors, holiday decorations, pest repellent, compost tea and more. I will can almost anything in season from the farmers market – I adore canning and my family adores my strawberry jam. Junk mail (minus the plastic windows in envelopes and glossy paper) goes through the shredder and into the worm bin. I save anything and everything that can be reused within reason. My family of three puts out less than one full bag of trash and 1 recycling bin per week. When the time is right to be able to expand onto enough land to have a real garden and a few animals, I’ll have a jumpstart on my homesteading education. I work a 9-5 job, so anyone working can do it too – you just have to bite off tasks in sizes you can chew. Don’t bring home 40 pounds of tomatoes for canning at one time or try to keep up with more than 3 or 4 edible potted plants to start. If you fail at some things you might throw in the towel. It is true – it’s work – but it can be done if you really want to do it. I agree wholeheartedly.

    • Hi Katie – the house was here, but we’re having to redo the interior and some of the exterior walls, and a lot of the flooring.

  6. Great read, My family and I are about to embark on this same journey, we are blessed to be able to move next month onto 10 acres and will slowly begin creating our homestead. I will be back to learn and green s much info as I can.

  7. Love your posts. We started a homestead 5years ago on a run down property in the county in Missouri and have loved it. But unfortunately this week we found out the company that we have been buying it from is a scam and now I am desperately looking for even 1 acre to buy to start all over in northern Missouri. Moving from Missouri isn’t a option sense my son is a senior and I won’t mess up his future. Any ideas on how to find an acre for sale or two? I have to make payments and like I said i’m desperate.

  8. I really enjoyed your article! We’re working on 40 acres. Received free 7 white guinea chickens then 6 free rabbits. Since the beginning I have dreamed of life off the grid, we purchased our property a little over a year ago. Just purchased a tractor and we’re ready to get a garden going. Due to the fact of living in the National Forest we have wild animals like deer, bear, coyote, bobcat, etc. So far the bear broke into the chicken pen and stole a bag of scratch feed. Now we have a shed to shed for feed and hay. We want goats and I want at least one horse, one calf, and and one pig later. You have inspired me to keep working toward my goal! Thank you!

  9. One of the best, most realistic articles I’ve read.
    I live in the City, and land where I live is extremely expensive and restrictive; but’ still I dream of 2-3 acres of my own some day.
    In the meantime I grow a garden; can as much food as I can; bake my own bread; and have established a cottage craft for myself that will not only help me save money towards a small piece of land, but will continue to be a small source of income if I do.
    Hope eternal and baby steps; one way or another, I’ll get there.

  10. Thanks for the read!

    And what I love is that it’s real!
    Real people,real stories, real outcomes.

    I myself have started homesteading and it all started when I started asking questions so I had to find an answer eg; I wonder what animal a “Luffa” is?
    Yep I thought it come from the ocean… but found out it was a cucumber lol
    Now learning more everyday about everything and this has made me even more enthusiastic Thank you!

  11. Reading this just after coming inside from planting my seedlings that arrived this morning. My husband, 3 children, and I live on a small suburban lot in Virginia, but have been building up to our homestead for years. I learned to garden and can as a child, started baking my own bread as a college student more than 30 years ago, and started making my own pasta about 5 years ago. 4 years ago, backyard chickens became legal in our town, so we now have 6 hens. I am also a textile artist/weaver/knitter/spinner and have recently gotten my first angora rabbit. My husband and I recently bought 5.6 acres in a nearby County, nothing but trees at the moment. As we clear out the old pines and poplar, we are replacing them with fruit and nut trees. I found that we can order 1yr old seedlings from our state forestry department for about $3 each, buying by the 10pk. Because of the deer on our country property, we plant them in 5 gallon buckets for a couple of years until they are big enough the deer won’t easily kill them. That’s what I was doing this morning, with dogwood and pear seedlings. Last year, I got elderberry, the year before, sugar maple. Slowly but surely, we will have the place ready when my husband retires in 10 years.

  12. Good advice & encouragement for those who want to homestead & do not have much land. It does not take lots of land to grow lots of food! 18 years ago husband & I bought a little house in an older neighborhood on 7/10 of an acre. It took years to establish, but we now have a nice 50′ x 30′ garden in the front yard & a smaller one in the back yard. I can/freeze/dehydrate herbs & veggies & the garden produces almost everything we eat for the entire year. We also planted 3 grapevines along the side of the house & 13 fruit trees (peach, pear, 2 cherries & 8 apples & a plum). In addition this year we’re renting more space at a community garden. We have no animals but buy all our eggs & meat from a farmer at a local farmers’ market who raises animals organically. At the moment I’m trying to make a decision about investing in a small piece of land, not for us, but to have & leave to my children & grandchildren. I believe more than ever it will be important to know how to grow & preserve one’s own food.

  13. My husband and I are finally seriously looking into purchasing land. While we compost and have a tremendous garden where we are, and we can/dehydrate what we don’t use fresh (along with grabbing up items we don’t/can’t grow at a local farmers market), our dream is to get out of suburbia and begin raising some small livestock!

    Our biggest hurdle right now is finding affordable land with as few restrictions as possible. Which in Colorado, it turns out is not easy at all! We’ve recently even discovered one county where people are being kicked off their land! That situation is looking downright illegal!

    Any suggestions for possibilities in Colorado are welcome! As much as I love my home state, we’re beginning to look into a much more significant change…read: Montana!

    As always, thank you for sharing your wisdom! Reading your adventures and learning from you and your readers makes me feel like a part of a community, and I’m grateful for that!

    Blessings ❤

  14. wow this is great. this is exactly what i am loking for. we got a very small lot here in north of France. so far ive got 4 hen and a rooster and my hen didnt sit on it so i try to make my DIY Incubator and hopefully hatch it in about a week. im not that worried about not sitting on it, bec i got 4 eggs a day which i gaveaway some to relatives. ive got some quails too which i bought 3euro each and start collecting eggs. i planted brocolli and leeks and when my in laws saw our garden, they gave me seedlings of cabbage, cheery tomatoes, leeks, squash, melon and eggplant. Got some pickles, red bell pepper, esy growing red radish, spinach and some corn which i get from the chicken feeds lol. i admire how you started your homestead and looking forward to mine. thank you very much it was very inspiring! keep it up.

  15. My husband and I just about 11.79 acres in march in Tennessee! We are able to start building 3 weeks ago!! The land has wild black berries already, they have been there for 30+ years so I’m excited to get some next month and make some jam!! I have planted 2 apple trees and 2 cherry trees. 3 tomato plants and 2 pepper plants !
    My goal is to have chickens and 1 meat cow by next spring !
    I do my own bread, biscuits and jams!