My approach to a self sufficient life style is out of curiosity, love of science, and the adventure of learning & trying new things. I get satisfaction from producing more of what I need with less money. I enjoy having bragging rights to say I've been there, and done that. I may not ever want to do it again, but at least I know how to if I'm ever in the position that I need to. I'm also getting older and retirement is getting closer, so I need to be ready to live on less income. I love to restore & re-purpose old or discarded things. It would be nice to have a home business run from the farm. But doing it alone is really hard.
I've done alot of improvements on my own, but now that my kids are all grown, it would be nice to have someone to share this adventure with. I have a small home, it's a work in progress and I have the land. It's located in northern middle TN, close to the Kentucky line. Ideally I'm looking for a LTR, but I would consider someone with their own mobile/tiny home to live on the land rent free in exchange for labor. I can't afford to pay anything, so you would have to get a side job. Around here, there's alot of opportunity for side work.
Some of the things I am interested in adding to the farm is: root cellar, greenhouse, smoke house, alternative energy such as wind, solar, hydro or geothermal. I currently have an orchard, I add new plants to it every year, I have honey bees and plans to expand my hives this year. I would like to build a shed to store my beekeeping equipment in. I have a small chicken coop, it needs some repairs & also some quail coops. I have a large incubator that I used to do contract incubating for extra income. Currently I have no birds or cattle on the farm. I had to help care for my elderly mom and had to sell all my animals.