Homesteading is a lifestyle that involves personal independence and self-sufficiency. While the ultimate goal is to go entirely off-grid and raise your own food, there are some simple things you can do to prepare yourself for this type of independence.
Start a Food Garden
Even if you live in an apartment, you can grow some type of food crop. You can always set up a pot garden on a patio or even grow indoors under grow lights. If you live in a house with a yard, that’s even better. The point is, to familiarize yourself with growing and harvesting things to eat, no matter how simple.
Start Saving Money
Getting started in homesteading isn’t cheap, it will take some upfront money. Likewise, even if you are raising your own food and own your land outright, there will still be things that cost money, such as taxes. Finding a skill you can use to make money outside of your “day job” will come in handy when homesteading; that could be working remotely online, or making craft items to sell. In any case, you’ll need an independent income to live an independent homesteading lifestyle.
Get a Used Trailer
A used travel trailer is not very expensive, and can be the beginning of your homestead, whether you have land or not. Equip your trailer with solar panels and an aluminum trailer storage box for extra batteries or tools. Keep the trailer stocked with freeze-dried survival food, and keep the fresh water tank topped off. You might want to install a self-composting toilet in the trailer too.
Buy a 4×4 Truck
You’ll need a truck, and be sure to get one big enough to haul your trailer. It’s recommended to keep the weight of the fully-loaded trailer at 80% of the towing capacity of your truck. The truck will not only tow your trailer, but it will also be very useful around your future homestead for hauling supplies and doing work.
You’ll eventually need to buy some land to begin your homestead. You can begin your search on the internet; look for locations with low taxes, low prices, as well as lax zoning regulations. You’ll need to find a location that will allow you to park your trailer long term. Even if you plan on building a home, that will take time.
These are just five suggestions to get you started on homesteading. Be sure to educate yourself the best you can before you make the transition to full independence.
About the Author: Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.