How to Start Your Own Farm or Homestead: Setting Priorities

The dream of a low-budget homestead is obtainable — after you consider your priorities and ability to keep your life simple.

Collecting water
Water is our biggest inconvenience. In the summer we use collected rainwater for washing and watering the garden. In the winter we melt snow. In the late fall and early spring we collect water in buckets as the snow melts from the roof. Often it freezes during the night, so we melt super-sized ice cubes like this one.
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