Maybe you live in a rural area or you may live in the city. It does not matter whether you still believe that your homesteading dreams are still a long way from becoming reality, or you may be ready to start, there are some steps you can consider when you are read to learn how to homestead.
It can be overwhelming to try and determine where you should begin. You may not know the first step you should take. This is especially true if you do not own land or know how to farm land or choose off-grid energy options.
Fortunately, the following information will help take some of the mystery and confusion about creating a homestead, and the steps you need to take to begin your homesteading journey.
The good news is that you can begin homesteading right now. Even if you live in a small studio apartment in New York or Boston. So, just remove the thought from your brain that you have to wait until you purchase some land in the country.
Choose a project or two that you can begin working on within the next month. For example, if you live in a suburban area, you may have enough room in your backyard for a few laying hens.
The first thing that you will need to do is research. Not only research how to raise and care for the hens, you will also need to research the local laws in your area regarding raising backyard chickens. If it is legal, you can begin choosing a location in your backyard for the chicken coop and then buy or build one. Be sure to purchase enough baby hens or pullets that will keep you full of eggs for the entire season.
If that is too much of a task, start with some smaller ones instead. Do you already have a fireplace in your home? If so, you can place a wood heat insert inside of it.
Another option is to use a sunny windowsill in your home as a location to start a small container garden. Lettuce and herbs can easily grow in a container.
Research And Learn
In addition to starting your small project, you can also begin reading articles and books about homesteading. Reading will introduce you to the skills and knowledge you will need to be a successful homesteader. There are many books you can purchase and online articles you can read that will be helpful in your journey.
Know Your Priorities
After you have soaked up as much information as possible, you will be anxious to begin homesteading. However, before you put the shovel in the dirt, you will need to know your priorities.
There are a lot of various aspects of homesteading including:
• Growing food
• Preserving food
• Raising animals
• Not raising animals
• Producing off-grid energy
These are some of the larger goals that most homesteaders have. Therefore, you will need to list the goals that are the most important to you, and this will allow you to focus your energies on the most important goals first.
For example, if off-grid energy is more important to you than raising chickens, you may decide to install solar panels instead of building a chicken coop.
There are more people looking to create self-sustainable lifestyles by learning how to homestead. Planning your first homesteading year whether you live in the country or city can make these dreams a reality for you sooner than you think.