I have people ask. How can I have a homestead? My first answer is dream big. Dreams come true. Ok first off I just didn't wake up one day and said hey I want a homestead. Personally it took some thinking and planning. For me it became an obsession, I took every penny I could and began buying the tools I needed some new some from pawn shops. Then the land. Heck I camped on it for 3 years before I finally was able to make the move. Keep in mind you do not need 231 acres. You can do it with 1/2 acre or 1 acre.
You can find land for sale by owner, or you can find land small tracks for a good price and make payments until it is paid for in full. Make no mistake you make sacrifices, you may have to change cars, or live in a smaller place, forfeit vacations whatever it takes to make your dream come true, but rest assured it does. After the land you need water if not already their, septic if not their. You take one step at a time staying focused on your goal or dream. It took me 5 years, but in the end I own it all.
I found out a little more history about my homestead when I purchased it
their was a small cemetery on the property well their still is. I
started looking around in their and found head stones as far back as
1819. I also found a small cabin or house that had just fallen in it is
across from a spring I have down in the hollow easy going down but a
chore getting back up. Anyway the property next to my at the top of the
ridge belongs to Mr Brown one day his goats got out and my back field
had about 40 of them loose, so I got in the truck and drove down to his
farm that is when I found a little more history. Their was a family of 7
living in that small house. I'll upload pictures asap. They had to walk
down into the hollow to get water and carry it back up. I also found
out they used to farm tobacco. I've found old horse down in the hollow
along with another what used to be a shed right next to the creek. That
is where the ole still used to be. After talking to Mr brown he told me
he was born in the very house he now lives in. I told him my barns fell
in before I had a chance to put new roofs on , he told me they we're
used to hang tobacco and do blacksmith work.
Ok now you have the land, water, septic now you need housing for some they buy an RV others cabins, mobile homes, whatever you can do and own it. The key is ownership, freedom, peace of mind. At least it was for me.
So the first thing is to make a decision.
Now let's talk about how you can earn from your homestead. You can raise and sell worms for fishing. Don't laugh it's an extra $12,000 a year. Figure it out you sell a dozen worms for $2.50 that is 4800 containers a year divided by 12 that is 400 a month or 100 a week. How about raising fresh herbs for the restaurants or placing a ad in your local classified ad site and sell extra corn, beans, beets, tomatoes etc. You got the idea!!
Here is what you need to do START PLANNING. Make it happen. You can do it.
Now if you have the land you can plant melons, squash, pumpkins. if you do not stay with the fishing worms, herbs, extra produce, eggs whatever. I've done all that and still do some, but I also have a home business I run in addition to working the homestead.
Like now it's harvest time so I'm putting things up for the winter, in Nov I'll put 2 hogs in the freezer along with chicken and rabbit. I'm in the process of fencing so I can but the good ole beef in their also. It's not rocket science. It all starts with a desire, and a will to make it happen. Trust me when it does you'll love it. Here are some new pictures. Later I'll share how I do things here on the ole homestead.
Hey before I forget visit my new classified ad site. It is for Middle Tn. HERE
I'll be back with more. Ok it is now Aug 12th and I want to share some up-dated pictures.
Please share comments.
- I simply love back to basics living. It is truly a self-sufficient life.
I now work from home, marketing online and sharing my story and telling others how they to can escape the stress and beat the inflation rates.
Finally moved to my 231 acres in TN. God is good. Now I just market online and keep the ole homestead working.