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Susan Blankenship    Posted 09-29-2002 at 18:27:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I don't understand. This is the second note I've posted and have not gotten a response yet. Plese help me. I want to learn what true homesteading is and how I live a simpler life. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated


Dennis    Posted 09-30-2002 at 08:30:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
One thing is: start small and grow. Layout a business type plan and stick to it. Make sure you have the animal's quarters built BEFORE you buy any animals.
Dont't be fooled into buying a lot of gagets as the people on this site have some wonderful ideas as to saving money by DIY. Plus if you want to know how to build something just go to SEARCH and type in the name and plans should be available.
Information can be gotten at your library for free.

DO get a GOOD tractor with a three pt hitch and PTO.

There are a thousand more suggestions so I would (and have) read the books and magazines suggested and also individual books on hog ,chicken,sheep.

I have learned that when I want to try a new thing for me I best be writting to this site and ASK,PLEAD,BEG for advice BEFORE sticking my hand into the snake infested wood pile.

Check back with us often and enjoy your life.

PS: Stay away from S____Y, S___Y, and E___L.


Tom A    Posted 09-30-2002 at 05:12:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Susan:

Homesteading is what you want it to be. We have 19 acres, two full time off-farm jobs to support our 'homestead.' Over the last few years we've learned to lots of stuff:

* keep and milk goats, and make various products with milk like yogurt, cheese, butter...
* make hay (didn't really know what hay was 5 years ago) that supports our animals
* build fence
* grow much of our own food and preserve it in various ways
* roof a barn
* fell trees
* run and repair an old tractor, plows, disk, sicklebar mower, rake, baler...

For us it is just generally having fun trying to learn a simpler (but physically much harder) way to live. Eventually we may get too old to do it, but some of our neighbors are in the 70s and 80s and still butcher hogs every fall and make me feel like a kid.

I'd suggest some reading for you:
Countryside magazine
"10 Acres Enough" (book 1st published in 1860s but still very current)
"5 Acres and Independence" (from the 30s, lots of 'how to')
"The Land Remembers" (no 'how to' in this one, but a great great motivating story)

good luck, have fun,
Tom


Donna from Missouri    Posted 09-30-2002 at 03:19:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
When we bought our first 20 acres, I subscribed to Organic Gardening and The Mother Earth News, and had dreams of us producing all our own food and being self-sufficient. I had milk cows from 1969 through 1996. I canned, and made jelly and jam; I made cottage cheese and ice cream and yogurt. We raised our own pork and beef, and had chickens. It was a great life, but along the line something happened: I got older! and as I got older, I got tired. I also got a job. My gardens these days consist mostly of tomatoes and peppers, and we quit raising our own meat because two people just can't eat enough meat to justify it. Besides, we found it's cheaper to watch the sales in the grocery store and buy meat. Also, we like to do a little traveling, and you cannot travel if you have livestock, especially milk cows. Still, I cherish the dream I had of homesteading and being self-sufficient. If you have that kind of stamina (the kind all our grandparents and great-grandparents had )I say, more power to you!


ger    Posted 09-30-2002 at 08:58:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
yup we had the same dreams an did much the same then we got older back problems etc. finally realized that it was getting to a point where we couldn,t keep up the same pace , so we started cutting back gradally till we found a place that we can still manage, great life though . later ger


Burrhead    Posted 09-29-2002 at 19:15:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
I apologize but I must not have been around when you posted before or I'd have said something.

Whatever you need to know fire away there's over 2-300 years of farm and homestead type experience here on this board and 100 at my house and we'd all be glad to share.

If that aint enuff we'll round up Hogman fer tough questions. He's got nearly 100 years by hisself.


agent 99    Posted 09-29-2002 at 20:00:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
hogman is just a youn un


Burrhead    Posted 09-29-2002 at 20:13:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Come to think about it, I think Hoggie was Moses' camel valet for awhile.


Sid    Posted 09-29-2002 at 19:02:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am not sure what modern day homesteading is. Is it the thought of living pretty much a self sustaing life style. If this is what you mean you might try some of the links at the left of the page, for example gardening under channels. I typed Home steading into my search engine and got a bunch of stuff on where to buy stuff. Mother Earth would be an example of a magazine that might be helpful. Hope this helps having been raised on a dairy farm and living on a farm I never gave this much thought. This probably isn't any help but it might be a start.


jamo    Posted 09-29-2002 at 19:00:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Susan, nice of you to post here. I guess for starters, you need to tell us what kind of lifestyle you currently have. Write back and tell us more about yourself, and we'll go from there.


JoeK    Posted 09-29-2002 at 18:59:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
What are you actually looking for?"Homesteading" in this day and age would take volumes to explain.
Originally homesteading consisted of government land being opened for developement,a citizen posting a gov't claim for an amount of land,and making certain inprovements and following guidelines to recieve private title to the property.Nowadays such opportunities are rare and laws are no longer geared to developing the country's land but to making the almighty dollar.Perhaps you're interested in rural living?Country ways?Off the grid living(w/o public utilities such as water/electric/phone/gas unless you supply your own.
Figure out the topics(of many) you wish to know about and plug them into a search engine such as found at www.google.com www.mamma.com or dozens of others and you will recieve more information than you can possibly ever read/study/digest.
Beszt of Luck,hope this helps.


Susan Blankenship    Posted 09-29-2002 at 19:21:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks so much for responding so quickly. I am living in the country, rural America if you will. I guess I'm interested in different ways of doing things. The old school way. I have printed out several great things off of this wev site such as soap making, candle making, things like that. But I would like to learn so much more. Thanks again


kraig WY    Posted 09-29-2002 at 20:05:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Try WWW.smallfarmersjournal.com. Its mostly about horse farming but have lots of information on homesteading life styles, hints and story's.


Sid    Posted 09-29-2002 at 19:37:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Susan if you can find some "Foxfire" books at the loal library I think you will really enjoy reading them. If I rember right these books were the result of a high school assignment,about thirty years or so ago. The students were to visit with older family members and write reports.The thing grew from there. This was in the VA or Carolina area, I think. They visited with people who lived in some pretty rough mountain country and wrote stories and ways of doing things as these people told them. Everything from butchering,gardening building log cabins hunting trapping skinning furs recipes you name it.


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