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Starting a Homestead: A Guide to Finding Property and Moving Toward Self-Sufficiency: How to Homestead, #1

Starting a Homestead: A Guide to Finding Property and Moving Toward Self-Sufficiency: How to Homestead, #1

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Starting a Homestead: A Guide to Finding Property and Moving Toward Self-Sufficiency: How to Homestead, #1

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97 pagine
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Feb 20, 2018
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9781386075813
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Got the homesteading-bug? Are you considering moving to a new location to take your homesteading to the next level? From climate to soil conditions, the options can be daunting. However, this book offers a guide on how to narrow your search by following an initial list of things to consider before you take the leap.

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Feb 20, 2018
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9781386075813
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Self-Reliance -- One Step at a Time Get free e-books at http://byjillb.com Reliance on one job. Reliance on the agri-industrial food system. Are you ready to break free, take control and to rely on yourself? With a no-nonsense style,  Jill Bong draws from her own homesteading experiences and mistakes, and writes books focusing on maximizing output with minimal input to save you time and money. Jill was born and raised in a country with one of highest population densities in the world. Dreaming of chickens and fruit trees, she left the trappings of the big city and is setting up her homestead in an American town with a population of less than 300. Jill writes under the pen name Jill b. She is an author, entrepreneur, homesteader and is the co-inventor and co-founder of Chicken Armor (http://chickenarmor.com), an affordable, low maintenance chicken saddle. She has also written over a dozen books on homesteading and self-reliance. Jill has been mentioned/quoted in various publications including The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Denver Post and ABC News. She has written for various magazines including Countryside and Small Stock Journal, Molly Green, Farm Show Magazine and Backyard Poultry Magazine. She holds an Engineering degree from an Ivy League from a previous life. At its height, her previous homestead included over 100 chickens, geese and ducks, as well as cats, a dog, bees and a donkey named Elvis. She currently learning permaculture techniques to apply to her homestead in rural Oregon. Learn more by visiting her site http://byjillb.com.


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Introduction

If you’re new to the idea of homesteading or the self-sufficient lifestyle and are reading issues of Mother Earth News, dreaming of selling everything and homesteading in the country, stop right there. This book assumes that you have a spouse and/or immediate family that is onboard with the homesteading lifestyle. This lifestyle is not for everyone so if your immediate family is not onboard, you should get on the same page before you go any further.

Hopefully, this book will help you save a lot of money, heartache and most importantly time by posing important questions and things to consider before you invest in a homestead property. I could have saved myself almost a decade of frustration and heartache had I known where I was heading (towards homesteading) and had I known to then, what I know now.

This is not a how-to-homestead book per se. However, it will discuss aspects of homesteading as it pertains to the homestead property search. There are no right or wrong answers when it comes to the land you decide on because everyone is different. That said, that book aims to guide you through the labyrinth of trying to figure out if a piece of property will work or not.

This book will not be comprehensive—the world and even the Continental US alone is a big place. My experience is quite varied but I don’t know everything. Nobody does. However, I will try to make things as understandable as possible by drawing from my own experiences as a lifelong big city-dweller turned accidental, rural homesteader.

I draw from my struggles trying to homestead in a place that we finally realized was so wrong for us—the Rocky Mountains. I also draw from our journey of examining the entire US to find a place that would suit our needs. By narrowing our search step-by-step, we finally sold almost everything and moved to rural Oregon, even though we’d never even been to Oregon before. We are finally working on a new homestead more suited to our needs.

This book is not a memoir but rather, it lays the groundwork for the important questions you need to ask before investing in a homestead property. I have structured the book so that each chapter narrows the things to look out for. While issues like water are a top priority on a homestead, worrying about the water will come after issues like zoning are taken into account.

While this book mostly focuses on rural homestead property in the US, many of the the questions posed can still apply and be adapted to homesteads in other settings as well. Please note that this is NOT an investing or financial advice book. Please consult a licensed professional in that field if you’re looking for professional advice.

So, before you decide to move from the city to buy some desert land in Nevada because it’s very cheap; or a cabin in Alaska in the middle of nowhere to homestead (I hope you don’t do that before at least living in Alaska for some time), read on.

You Can Homestead—Almost Anywhere

The homesteading lifestyle isn’t for everyone and that’s OK. You can homestead anywhere, whether you live in an apartment or in the suburbs. However, the less space you have, the fewer options you will have. Start where you can and slowly figure out what you want and where you want to go from there.

Learn to cook from scratch, bake bread, can and preserve food you buy or produce, live frugally (but not necessarily cheaply), compost, sew, grow some food (even if they’re in planters) and work towards producing multiple income streams. If you have some property and are allowed to keep livestock, you may try your hand at keeping some chickens, rabbits or bees. Learn how to work with tools and wood, and/or grow some trees or larger plants.

If you already have some or most of these homesteading skills under your belt and are looking for more, then it might be time for you to take the plunge and to invest in a homestead.

The Ties that Bind

The first step to narrowing down your options is by location. Usually, the main tie to a location is family ties. However, it could also be a tie to a community or job. If you’ve an unbreakable tie, then figure out the geographic distance you’re willing to travel to be close to those ties. Is it half and hour’s drive away? An hour?

This will be your constraint. The further you’re willing to travel to your tie, the wider the net you’ll be able to cast in terms of potential properties. Remember to factor both time and cost when figuring out how far you’re willing to travel, especially if this is going to be a daily commute. If you’re planning on living in an area with harsh winters, increase your commuting time and budget but as much as twice or three times. Be honest with yourself.

Don’t necessarily constrain yourself to an area because of family ties, because sometimes, family will

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