If you dream of a simpler kind of life, you may have considered homesteading. Homesteading is the practice of living off the land as much as possible, using agricultural and animal husbandry practices. This type of lifestyle often appeals to people with a do-it-yourself ethos. If you think homesteading would be a good fit for you, here are three tips you can use to get started:
1. Do your research.
Homesteading involves a lot of skills that most people don't automatically possess. If you've never gardened, raised animals, or canned your own produce before, you'll want to learn to do all those things before you dive into homesteading. You may be able to find classes in your area, where you can learn from someone who is more experienced than you. You should also take advantage of your local library, which likely has a lot of books on these subjects. The internet is also a vast wealth of knowledge full of informational articles and instructional videos.
2. Start small right now.
You should make sure you enjoy the reality of homesteading and not just the fantasy. Find small ways you can incorporate homesteading practices into your daily life right now. If you have a backyard, you can start a garden. Depending on the local laws in your area, you may even be able to keep a few chickens in a coop. Start saving your kitchen scraps and create a compost pile. Find as many ways to start transitioning toward self-sufficiency as you can, so the transition to full-time homesteading will be easier.
3. Purchase land.
In order to make your dreams a reality, you'll need a piece of land suitable for farming. Start looking at real estate listings for land for sale in your ideal area. Make sure to thoroughly investigate each prospective piece of land before making any final purchasing decisions. You'll want to make sure there is water available on the land you want to buy. If the property doesn't receive water from municipal sources, you should ensure there is a well available; you may want to have the well water tested before buying the land.
You'll also need to decide how much land you want to purchase. The acreage you choose will depend on the size of your family, whether you want to keep larger animals, and whether you intend to grow food to sell as well as eat. According to Primal Survivor, most families will be able to sustain themselves on five to ten acres of land.