Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting a Homestead
Have you ever said, ‘I’m moving to the country?’ Has the stress of city life got to you? Are you envious of people living a more ‘simpler’ lifestyle? Well, Homesteading may not be for everyone, but it may be for YOU!
Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you make the big switch.
It is not cheap to start a Homestead. Whether you are purchasing farming equipment or seeds for your garden, you should start saving for your new adventure months to years prior. Yes, you can make money on your Homestead; however, this does not happen overnight. It is best to have one reliable source of income, especially at the beginning, as you build your new future.
Do you enjoy hard work? Are you dedicated to making your dreams come true? Homesteading is a never ending job that you love (hopefully). If you cannot say you are passionate about your work then Homesteading may not be for you. When you hear a Homesteader say, ‘there is never a dull moment’, or ‘I never sit still,’ that is completely literal. A Homesteaders job is never complete.
What are Your Needs
I am sure you have been thinking about Homesteading for awhile now. Do you want to raise chickens, cattle, goats, pigs, produce etc.? Be realistic when you are planning out your Homesteading dream. Everything cost money, and everything takes time to establish. Be sure you gain some knowledge or experience before you go out and buy a flock of chickens without a coop (highly not recommended). This leads me to Zoning and Bi-laws....
Before you purchase that amazing property, you may want to check with your Municipal office to find out what the zoning and bi-laws are regarding Homesteading in the neighbourhood. You may not be able to raise those chickens that you wanted or build that huge workshop that HE’S always wanted.
Ask yourself, ‘Am I able to live in the middle of no-where with little to no neighbours?” Are you an intra or extravert? Being isolated with limited human contact can be a real challenge. No more quick trips to Walmart, or drop-ins from friends or family for an afternoon lunch date. The adjustment to country living is very real for some people.
Do you have a family? Are there children involved? Have you sat your loved ones down and had a discussion about what life will look like down the road? New town, new careers, and new schools! Be sure to have some in-depth conversations with the people you love. Making the switch to a Homesteading life affects everyone (even for those who are not moving with you).
It takes a certain kind of person to leave city or suburban life to pursue a simpler life in the country. It is hard work, challenging, chaotic, expensive but it can be rewarding in so many ways. Learn how to become self-sufficient. Educate your children with more outdoor play instead of electronics. Become your own Boss. Be a better Environmentalist. And learn how to enjoy the pure silence at the end of the day.
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About Couch to Homestead
Couch to Homestead was inspired by the popular Couch to 5k movement and was created as a means to simplify homesteading. With the goal to become the most comprehensive guide to starting a homestead, Couch to Homestead focuses on a strategic and bite-sized approach to build the skills you need to start your self-sufficient lifestyle. To plant now and grow tomorrow.
Started by Tyler Ziton after getting burnt out from chronic illnesses and the corporate rat race, he found that both conditions were reversed with fresh food and a better connection with nature. Two things homesteading excels at.
Inspired by the shockingly simple revelation, Tyler continues to share his experience and help others achieve the positive effects that come along with homesteading.
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We recently discovered a very large mulberry tree on our property and devised the ultimate low-spoons mulberry trap.
Instead of picking the berries one by one (time consuming, daily task, most of the mulberries fall on the ground anyway if you do any kind of branch shaking) we put bedsheets out on the ground to passively “trap” the falling mulberries.
Once per day or so we just pick up the edges of the sheets and have the ripe berries roll to the middle, then scoop them into our collection container. We’re getting close to a pound a day by the method (about enough for a pie) for very little effort!
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