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Monday, March 15, 2010

You have made the decision to chuck the “regular” life and pursue a homestead/farmstead life…but you still have one dilemma.  How does a person or family survive financially while homesteading if they want to go “all the way” and include giving up a regular job for the necessary finances?

In other words, how do you make a small landholding support a family?

Well, it CAN be done…and with some lifestyle changes from your former life, it actually isn’t too difficult, with one exception…and by “lifestyle changes” I don’t mean giving up every conceivable pleasurable thing and living a totally deprived life.  I DO mean simplifying and reducing consumption and finding pleasures in some old fashioned ways.  I mean doing what a lot of us have forgotten how to do…use our imagination.

The huge stumbling block in living off a homestead is paying for health care.  Folks solve this problem in a variety of ways, and I’ll cover some of them in a later post in the series, but the first posts will cover some imaginative ways to make your homestead pay.  Besides reading these articles falling under “Profiting From Your Homestead”, other sections, like “Farmstead Animals” will give you ideas as well.

These are ideas that either have worked for me or that I have seen work for others.  The legal climate where you live will have some effect on what will work for you, as will what your potential customer base is.

I’m no expert on homesteading, and these articles aren’t intended to be the “be all and end all” of profitable homesteading.  They are intended to be ideas that have worked for me and/or others and that provoke your thinking.

These articles are NOT lectures.  They are discussion starters.  Please…leave a comment and/or ask questions at the bottom of each article.  Let’s learn from each other.

Bob Hayles

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