Dillon Nichols wrote:IMO there is no substitution for boots on the ground for finding community. And there are few things that are more important.. though maybe water access is one of them!
Your 'worst case scenario' for funds sounds mildly optimistic to me. For example, I have spent about 13K CDN on my 8KWh solar setup. Chinese LiFePO4 with Victron inverters and an SBMS controller, good stuff but not top of the line by any means... could you do it with cheaper gear? For sure, but what will the reliability/longevity be?
My experience with a small, lower budget solar setup was not encouraging, almost every component right down to the wires failed or exhibited critical flaws in the course of a couple years intermittant use. The only thing still working is the panels themselves, albeit with an alarming amount of crazing.
Nicole Alderman wrote:I only have two kids (2 and 5) and we started this homestead when I was pregnant, 6 years ago. It has been hard work, and it took a long time to gain the skills and happy soil to actually grow food.
This isn't to say it can't be done. I fully admit that other's may have less crazy kids, or higher ability to manage their day and children. But, I wanted to say something to caution you to start slow. You only have so many hours in the day. There are only two of you, and you are outnumbered by kids that need you. And, yes, a LOT can get done with a baby on the back or sitting on a blanket...but it's maybe 1/4th what you could do if you weren't tending a baby.
The first year, I would focus on getting the house built. Plant a few fruit trees and make a garden bed and maybe get chickens. Growing berries and herbs is a great start, as they give you a LOT of nutitional bang for your buck, and they're often low maintenance, too. And, a lot of them multiply. But, if I'd tried to have ducks and chickens and goats in my first few years, I probably would have done them harm
Give your family grace.
Stacy Witscher wrote: And I do so in two different ways, one was a homeschooling charter school that we checks in with once every couple months, the other was establishing ourselves as a private school.
Bill Ayers wrote:Look into Leavenworth County in Kansas. Seems to meet most of your criteria especially, price per acre, homeschooling, vaccinations, and type of land (wooded, pasture/prairie).
David Pritchett wrote:
Hi Nicole, I really appreciate that input especially when many of the more public faces of homesteading are folks who either inherited a functioning farm/homestead or established it while they did not have any children. Honestly I don't expect a ton to get done that first year beyond building a house.