Any homestead-ers out there?

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

We are a blend. We have 5 acres, which we can hunt from (there’s a large herd of deer living in the forested river preserve land that is adjacent to our lot and they come on our property all the time), we are starting our orchard, have a large food garden, and have chickens. I’m still convincing Mr. LK that he should let me get a few goats. But we also still have well-paying full time careers. I cannot imagine giving up the security of my income.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

There is a name for it?! I had no idea. 

We’ve been looking for land for three years. Finding exactly what we want isn’t easy, but we’re willing to wait. Can’t wait to tell DH that there’s a name for it now, lol. 

 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

We aren’t currently, but it is our end goal to be pretty self sufficient. Right now we just bought our first home, but will be looking to purchase a piece of land in the next 3-5 years to build on in the future. Good luck! There’s a FB group I follow that follows Homesteading, it always puts out interesting articles and ideas on how to do things. 

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Mrs_Amanda:  Could you please link the facebook page?  This is our goal in the future too.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I would love to have chickens, I know some cities allow them in backyards.  When we finally end up somewhere permanent (at least 3 more years) it will probably be in nothern US or Canada, so not sure if you could have adequate shelter for chickens in bad winters in a backyard.

Love goats too, but doubt we would live far enough out from a city to have goats.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper

@MichiganGirl24:  it is called Homesteading Sufficiency Survival. If you search it, I think it is the first one that pops up

Post # 13
Hostess
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@MichiganGirl24:  My family lives there, has since the 70s, so they pretty much live that way (which I’ve always been jealous of). My cousin even had her own show from the on NatGeo called Alaskan Pickers. We’ve always wanted to be off the grid people (except I’m not giving up my internet), fingers crossed, looking at several more properties in two weeks. I’m so sick of living in town, I miss the solitude of the country. 

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

@MichiganGirl24:  Running everything is like working a second job. Our home and property are our hobby, and there really isn’t a lot of time for other stuff. I don’t say that as a deterrent, but more as a “make sure it’s what you both REALLY want” before you start your adventure. Our friends don’t quite “get it.” While they are planning vacations we are planning rainwater catchment systems. While they are going to a ballgame we are saving for a wind turbine. Our priorities are… different. I wouldn’t trade this lifestyle for the world. It’s so nice to eat the food we’ve grown, to watch our baby apple trees grow, and to know that we are growing to be more self-sufficient. The chickens are our newest adventure. We just got 8 week old chicks last weekend, and they are so friggin cool. We’re starting with egg layers, but the plan is to expand to raising meat birds next year as well.

 

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