Homesteading on a Budget: Broke Like Me



The last year I've been going through so many “homesteading” sites. I've even checked out a number of "prepper" sites because some of the concepts apply to homesteading as well. After all, the goal of both is to be self-sufficient.

By the old ranch
Beautiful dirt roads, and electric lines, even though on-grid power is not available in this area.

Let's reverse a bit.

I moved to this area six years ago, the White Mountains of Arizona — a place where Arizona really does have all four seasons. In any case, I thought my research was sufficient, and a few months after my move I started gathering goats and chickens and ducks and turkeys (Oh my!). However, I was NOT ready after all. I sold some off before I moved to my new location two years ago. Others, unfortunately, became coyote and owl food as they wouldn't stay penned in. (Did you know chickens, ducks and turkeys can be escape artists?)

When I moved into my ranch at the end of 2015, I had big plans as a "regrouped" first-year homesteader. I went back to research and found some amazing sites. What was my hang-up with these amazing sites? It seems no homesteader is a broke as I am. They have huge homes and vast kitchens. Beautiful chicken coops and barns. They have acres and acres of land.

11/9/2017 4:02:03 PM

Denise, homesteading is a bit more complex than books and videos lead one to believe. The degree of nature harshness, cost, and time spent just keeping things together is always under estimated. I chose inner city vacant lot gardening to entertain me in my retirement. The spot I chose happen to be a wild habitat with many species of animals even though being surrounded by city. It's not uncommon to see deer and wild turkeys. The unseen raccoons, possums, and ground hogs are the most detrimental. Now a neighbor in the area says she spotted a fox. But the most destructive are the two legged vandals that like to test the soundness of fences and equipment. Living outside the norm of wild life, weather, and other destructive elements can be challenging. I certainly do admire you for not giving up and continuing to press into homesteading especially with teenagers. I'm looking forward to the future adventures that will be generated from your homesteading determination. Thank you for sharing your story. Nebraska Dave

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