I have already been offered pipe and a good price on a chainsaw. And we feel so blessed.
We have prepared to the best of our ability. This is the only way I know how to keep our costs as low as we can, I f people are going to throw stuff away, I am giving them the option to give it a good home instead.
Make the decision if you will subsistence farm or market garden or a combo of both. This is very important. We read about market gardening and we thought it might be something we would like to do. It is not a good plan for someone who wants to practice permaculture methods. Market gardening requires an intensive rotation schedule so as not to strip the land of nutrients. I do not want to intensively farm our land like that. So it is not a good fit for us. But I have to say that I would like to have a farm stand and sell extras. It will always change from day to day and it will be what we are not able to use for ourselves. We come first.
So make your decision , what kind of farmer do you want to be? Now plot and plan for that goal. Design. Every. Aspect.
Study Permaculture Zones. Create the areas for your kitchen gardens, your orchards, your pasture areas for your free range pasture hens and meat bird flocks, They need a lot of space. If you want a dairy cow or dairy goats, plan for it, If you want meat rabbits or pigs, plan it all out.
Greenhouse or poly tunnels? Heated or not heated? There are so many things to decide.
We had dreams, but not a lot of firm decisions. We have changed our minds many times, sometimes half way through construction.
So my next point....
7. Be flexible.
S%*t happens. So now what?
The plumbing inspector came by out of the blue one day, and because of his "visit" we changed all our bathroom plans halfway through the build.
We decided to do a detached bathroom instead and now the shell of a room we built onto the garage will not be used as a traditional bathroom. We may have a sink for washing hands and our bucket composting toilet system in there but no shower. and no Water wasting toilet.
But it is now going to be awesome storage area, and closet space where we have no closet right now.
Learn to take punches and keep on getting up.
There will be losses.
There will be tears.
There will be times when you just don't want to get up in the morning to deal with it all.
Just remember that this is the life that you chose to lead.
You want security and safety and joy beyond compare.
You are a Homesteader and you are all in!
So yeah.... I posted an add on Craigslist to materials....
You know what I got?
Replies, and I have met some new and wonderful people because of it. They wanted to help us. Because people here like to help each other. They like to be neighborly and chat for a bit. They are genuinely friendly, and care about what you are trying to do.
I think I was right to ask for help. If you don't you may never leave your property, and you may not make it.
”No Man Is an Island” by John Donne
No man is an island, entire of itself;
every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were,
as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were.
Any man’s death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind;
and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
it tolls for thee.
In this poem, John Donne explores the idea of the connectedness of people. People are not isolated islands. We are all a part of a larger thing, and if one person dies, everyone is affected.
If one person tries to do it all on their own, they will fail.
I feel like we should all strive to help one another, because of this connectedness. We share this human life. We are not alone. We are not an island.
With Love from the homestead,