Best Beginner Tools for the Burgeoning Homesteader


Megan Wild

When you and your family decide to move to the country from the big city or a suburb, you want to be as prepared as possible. Living off-grid saves a lot of money and reduces your carbon footprint in the long term, but the initial investment you make on your land and supplies must be significant enough to reach self-sustainability.

What to Look For In a Homestead Location

When going for the full off-the-grid lifestyle, the first thing to consider will be location, location, location! If you're reading this article, then you've probably already checked out the property you intend to use for your off-the-grid life. But just in case, here's a reminder of the things to check and consider regarding your property:

  • Real Estate: You need enough land for two crucial elements — arable land and grazing pasture.
  • Access: You do not necessarily need to be completely cut off from the outside world, but you'll want a certain amount of privacy from potential poachers and thieves.
  • Water: Whether it's above or below ground, you want to make sure you have a reliable water source available at all times.
  • Soil: Rich soil is essential for the best crop production. Make sure yours is dark and crumbles in your hands.
  • Timber: A depth of woodland has many uses. From a source of building material to a natural boundary for your land, you want to keep a source of natural timber around and growing continually.

Now with the location and natural resources sorted out, we can consider the things you'll need on a daily basis for your self-sustainable lifestyle.

You are going to need tools. This is a given, but there's a difference between a well-established farm and an up-and-coming homestead. Sometimes the simplest tools are the best, while other times an industrial tool can save time and money.

Tools for Your Off-Grid Homestead

Self-sustainability means just that. You cannot go off-grid and then call a repair company anytime things break down. You may not be a professional carpenter or electrician, but if you're going to live off the land, you better learn how to make repairs and manipulate the resources around you.

6/10/2020 2:35:55 PM

Along with the firearm a good set of skinning knives is necessary, and of course a bone saw depending on how much you harvest.

4/29/2019 2:22:04 PM

The one basic "tool" left out of your good article is GLOVES. Good heavy duty and a nice quality winter pair are best to have included. Love the article. Thanks.

1/3/2019 6:53:24 AM

very good information.We have been stocking up on hand tools for a long time to use on our homestead. In a grid down scenario when you need to continue your work you will appreciate having hand tools. We have videos pertaining to this on youtube.check us out. Hideaway homestead

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