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Starting a Homestead: A Few Questions

 
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Hey, Andrew here,

I'm living in the city currently (Southwestern US), and I'm considering some land, about an acre, before I commit to buying it and starting a homestead. The land looks pretty pristine (flat, green grass), but I'm wondering if first
 
1. I should go with a normal homestead layout like the ones I see on Google and reference some images before making my own generic layout I don't want to do too much (just want to provide a happy and fun gardening/animal-raising experience for my family, provide a full human diet that is also healthful, and get back into nature because I don't currently feel good in the city.) on this homestead, just enough for friends and family.
 
2. I should reference permaculture design and go deeper into certain elements while designing it. I also feel I could boost food production through permaculture.

I have a list of what I want to raise and do on my site, and I feel that option 2 would benefit me more. (I haven't visited the site yet, so I hope that'll influence my decision).
 
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Welcome to the forum, Andrew!

Whatever you decide to buy, here are some of the approaches I would take:

First I would need somewhere to live with electricity and water.

Once those are taken care of I would start small and slowly.  Maybe a small garden with a few chickens,

Once the garden is in and the chickens have a home and settled in, then I would decide what I wanted next.

While doing all this I would use my knowledge of permaculture for my Zones and my designs.

Best wishes for your land purchase and getting that homestead going.
 
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I'd highly recommend taking the Wheaton Labs PDC with Alan Booker this summer.  Alan's awesome and it will help you sort out a lot of those things before you put the chicken coop in the wrong place.

I'm really glad the place I bought came with a house.  That saves you a lot of time in getting things rolling.  
 
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