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I am planning to expand my homestead, and I am looking for inspiration from like-minded people

 
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Hello all, I have been living off grid in a yurt with my wife for the last 7 years, and we just welcomed our first daughter to our little adventure last fall. We have been gardening and tending to the trees on an 80 acre property my family owns- but mostly as a hobby. The uncertainty of this last year has left me feeling motivated to start working on getting a resilient food system in place, and really doubling down on a simpler, healthier, more sustainable lifestyle. I am interested in trying to raise some animals, and ultimately I would like to get to a point where I could produce meat without buying feed. I am thinking of starting with rabbits next year.

I am excited to meet people who have some real-world experience, and I hope that by sharing some of the projects I have worked on, I might be of some help to others. I am supplying our household electrical usage off solar and hydro, although I am still buying in half a dozen or so 20lb propane cylinders a year to provide hot water in the winter, and to run a little propane cooktop. I have been working on taming about a quarter of an acre of the jungle that passes for forest around here, with the hope of someday turning it into a productive vegetable garden. I dug a pond, (that leaks), and built a ram pump (that broke), but I did manage to get enough water to get me through this season. I have played around a bit with making charcoal, both to use as biochar, and to run a generator. I have been tinkering on a little pickup that I am planning to convert to electric, but between the pandemic and the garden I have fallen a bit behind schedule on that. I tend to get really excited about new projects, so, I maybe dont get top marks on finishing everything I start in a timely manner. Eventually though, I come back around to those things that have fallen by the wayside. It only took me like a year to finally put those gutters up... :)
 
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Welcome Carl and congrats on new baby and all the cool stuff you've got going. Sounds like a rocket stove/oven/boiler may be next? I look forward to seeing your garden and hearing about how your rabbit endeavors go.
 
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Carl, welcome to Permies! You have absolutely come to the right place to meet like-minded people. Without a doubt, this is one of the most helpful and encouraging permaculture and homesteading forums I know of. We'd love to see the projects you're working on. Have you had a chance to explore the forums yet? You'll find a lot of different categories, each one filled with others' projects, questions, and suggestions from folks with similar goals as yours. Please ask if you have any questions about getting around. We're here to help!
 
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Time is our biggest factor.  So I would say try to analyze how much time it will take verses costs savings.  My garden for example used a lot of grass clippings from my yard and has made weeding easy since it is so well under control.  Try to do things within reason and do the best ya can with what's available. Can you raise chickens without bought en feed? Maybe, but other options might be better like ducks or geese that are herbivores. Rabbits are a good choice but don't give us much fat, needed more than most realize.
 
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It would help to have some sense of where you're located (climate, ecosystem ) to give relevant advice. My wife and I are in SW MI on 20 acres of woodlands. It's well worth looking at perennial fruits and vegetables. Today people tend to think of annual vegetable gardens and annual vegetables as if they were all there are,but perennials save us so much work once they are established.  There are loads of resources both on "forest gardens" and on forest management that are invaluable for plant recommendations and design.
Designing for water management is always a priority.
If you do get animals, have plans for utilizing all the fertility they produce ;)
We have rabbits in tractors on pasture (sort of, we don't have real pasture yet) and chickens and ducks in poultry fence so we can move them around. I'm using the chickens and ducks to really tear up some space, heavily beating down plants we don't particularly want while fertilizing heavily as well, preparing space for planting things we Do want.
In the future, we want goats and pigs, in part for what they will do clearing underbrush.
 
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