Should You Build Your Own Homestead?


Bobbi Peterson 

Have you ever wanted to escape reality entirely, head off to an exclusive enclave somewhere and hope it will solve all your problems? Most of us have, but also realize running away doesn’t solve much!

Homesteading can be equally enticing at first glance, and while it does prove to be an idyllic existence for those so inclined to that lifestyle, the road there is not an easy one.

If you have been toying with the idea of building a homestead, you could be scratching the surface of something fantastic, or something not so suited to you. Let’s take a look at what you should know before making such a significant decision.

1) What’s Your Goal?

Homesteading is indeed a liberating concept, but take a step back and assess your longer-term goals before committing yourself and your nearest and dearest to the unknown.

1/22/2018 10:45:27 AM

Bobbi, great advice. My Dad loved the country and always lived on a small farm. The two different farms he owned were never more than 100 acres with perhaps half in tillable crops. It satisfied his desire to be able keep a hand in raising animals, growing crops, and living in the country. It allowed Mom to grow a garden, raise chickens, and enjoy country living. Never did Dad ever depend entirely on the farm to supply the living income for the family. He had his own truck mechanic business. I suspect the income from the farm only maintained the cost of living on the farm. As you indicated that some times living off the grid is a bit romanticized. Dad was born in 1924 so he grew up off the grid and really never wanted to return to that life. We always had the conveniences of electricity and running hot water from the time I was eight years old. I always wanted to follow in those footsteps with a foot in both worlds but it just never came to pass because of life situations that prevented it. Now I have satisfied that country desire by farming purchased vacant lots in the city. it's a great plan for me but for those that want more, I wish them the best of luck. As Bobbi says it's a never ending relentless life style but has enormous rewards as well. It's not a boring cubicle life, that's for sure. Thanks for always giving insightful information packed blog posts. Nebraska Dave

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