So You Want to Start a Homestead? Resources and Insights to Get You Started

The Druid's Garden

I’ve had a few people in the last few months ask me about starting a homestead or a small organic farm. A « homestead » or, if you are in the UK « smallholding » refers to a personal or family plot of land where food is grown, animals are tended, and the household economy encouraged (e.g. home crafts and food preservation) with the goal of increased resiliency and self-sufficiency. I thought I’d take the time today to talk about the resources and considerations one needs to do so using permaculture design principles and what I’ve learned from the 5 year process of converting my 3 acre piece of land into a small homestead. I’m also going to talk through what I learned and some of the mistakes that I’ve made in the hopes you don’t have to make the same ones.

Working on the homestead! Working on the homestead!

Your Motivation for Homesteading

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