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New To Homesteading
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Lori    Posted 08-25-2004 at 14:44:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi, Everyone. I'm recently divorced and planning to move to my own little homestead soon. I would appreciate any and all info/tips from those of you already doing it, specifically those on relatively small acreages and how to make the most of it. I have my eye on a cute little 2.5 acre place here in Oregon. Thanks to any and all that reply!

Bkeepr    Posted 08-26-2004 at 05:04:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lori, welcome.

The possibilities are almost endless. 2.5 acres is a fair piece of land, so you can consider a lot of things, depending on how much you want to spend to get started and how much time you want to kill.

I'd get animals of some type. Chickens are a nice start. A small flock will give you eggs at least, meat if you want, and are a lot of fun. They're not a big investment, and you can spend a lot of time with them, or not much at all depending on what you like.

Gardening is fun, and you've got enough land to actually make some spare change off of it. An orchard takes awhile to establish, but same thing there. You can fit it all together like a jigsaw...some chickens, a couple of sheep to clip the grass under the orchard trees and eat fallen fruit and fertilize, a "market garden" to bring in some income.

You should read a few magazines (Countryside is a decent one, with a lot of ideas) or books to get ideas. Enjoy, though, and welcome!

Tom A

Burrhead    Posted 08-25-2004 at 18:06:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lori I think the best part of homesteading is the time to putter around. 2.5 acres is plenty of space to hobby farm.

To me animals or a garden (or both) can be very relaxing and you can turn a few coins with small animals or fresh veggies if you'll be close to town.

I really enjoy fresh veggies and there is nothing more relaxing to me than watching the goat kids or newbie calves run and play.

Archie    Posted 08-25-2004 at 17:10:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Lori.
I am from southwest Missouri. Do like toolman said. Ask as you go. I bet the ones that have been at it for a spell will be glad to help. Main thing don't get all up set if something dosen't work. You will learn a lot as you go. Good luck. Archie

Gunner    Posted 08-25-2004 at 17:09:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Howdy from Coos County - I don't post much, but have gotton some great help from this board, welcome
Make sure you get your water tested and it's pretty desirable to have two sources even if one source is from the city
Good luck

toolman    Posted 08-25-2004 at 16:20:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
welcome lori, im in british columbia, nice to see somebody from the west hope you stay up a little later than 8, as for your impending move , best of luck , ask specific questions as you go and will probably get lots of help.stick around im sure you,ll enjoy the fine folks here .

Burrhead    Posted 08-25-2004 at 18:13:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
uh-oh. I hope she don't end up like the last dear Lady that run thru here.

Lori the last lady that came around here and said she was divorced ended up with some meter reader feller riding by her house honking. He never said what he was honking. We all just hope he meant his horn.

toolman    Posted 08-25-2004 at 20:10:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
well looky what crawled out from under the woodshed , bet this sure ruined that meter reader boys night he was a hoping he seen the last of ya, but you know what brudders are like , jumpin to conclusions all the time haha, yup lori look out for a fast honkin brudder from n.h .lol shes from the west she,ll be smarty enough to read that meterboy real quick.

Aprille    Posted 08-25-2004 at 20:27:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi!! I am from New Hampshire as well as whomever they are refering to(I don't wanna know!!) I wish you all the luck in the world!! A garden can be very relaxing ..Animals are alot of work but you can find out about anything on the 'Net so cruise away!! Have fun and luck and please keep us posted..we're rootin' for ya!!

toolman    Posted 08-25-2004 at 20:30:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
your a smart lady Aprille, not knowing is best sometimes haha

Burrhead    Posted 08-25-2004 at 20:26:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
I bet he wont look the boss in the eyes when he turns in them gas tickets. can you imagine how many half pints of tater juice that trip is?? bet that stRanger short bed would be half full.

Burrhead    Posted 08-25-2004 at 20:45:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
something happened an it deleted about half what I sed. that never happened before.

Looks like Al Gore musta gored me. He may get this innertubenet worked out one day.

I been around. I was on neighborhood watch today. This hot weather they sho is a lot of good looking neighborhood around here.

toolman    Posted 08-25-2004 at 20:48:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
been pourin rain here all day and still is now , i started out the back door to grain the horses and turned right back around, been pourin like this for a week or so now, everythings nice an green anyway.

Burrhead    Posted 08-25-2004 at 20:56:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
I bet them hosses get hungry when it rains too now come on toolman.

It has rained at least enough to keep me out of the hay patch for a month. It misses maybe 2 days tops then just enough to be too wet.

If it don't stop this I may just bushhog the pastures and put the cows on tater tickets.

toolman    Posted 08-25-2004 at 21:31:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
well they are grained and i even gave them some hay in their barn, thats where i found them , they are smart enough to get out of the rain and make me come to them .see there is water in the creek beside the house now it has been dry for over a month, gotta go to town to work yet tonight best check on the river with all this rain i,ll bet it has come up some high, it was the other day, haven,t seen aug. rain like this in a long time, we had alot of flooding about ten years ago in the fall when it got like this, oh well besides the muck i don,t see how it can hurt , will bring the wells back up.

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