Dillon Nichols wrote:A decent roof is not optional... but other than that it's not like you need to get the whole house shipshape to live in it. Worst case scenario you could do all your living in a kitchen with a woodstove that has enough room for a bed and a bucket toilet... I hope you like cats, I'm guessing you'll need a good rat patrol!
Being in the house would let you work on the house interior in foul weather much easier than if you were living 300' away... and the time/money needed for the cabin could go a long ways on other projects.
300' isn't that far... how often will you need to go out? What about leaving your vehicle(I am assuming you will need one, yes?) just off the road, and maintaining a shoveled or packed walking trail to the house? Haul supplies on a sled?
On the other hand... to me the big upside of the cabin is that it could be portable. If something went sour, you could hopefully get it moved to greener pastures. Maybe the landlord is great, but what are his heirs like? Shit happens...
I kind of think your livestock list is overambitious for year one... around here it seems like the first law of homesteading is 'Everything Takes Forever'.
In my case, I am a terrible marketer so have had a hell of a time selling pork. Seems to be a local glut as well. But, I haven't had much trouble *trading* pork; no need to raise meat birds, beef, or go hunting/fishing. Maybe an extra pig would be less hassle than additional species?
Bryan C Aldeghi wrote:What an interesting challenge you are moving into. I love it.
Tyler Ludens wrote:Could you snowshoe and sled your supplies in from the road? Or buy a small snowmobile?
(sorry if those are dumb suggestions, I've never dealt with much snow)