Su Ba wrote:I've watched a number of people around me attempt to "live off the land", homestead, small farm, or whatever you wish to call it. The common denominator of those who failed was lack of previous knowledge and experience. Those who survived either had a cash cushion to fall back on while they gained experience, or it wasn't their first time trying to do it. They brought knowledge and skill with them.
I started my own homesteading adventure (having come from crowded New Jersey) I brought what I thought was enough knowledge and skill, which woefully proved to be inadequate. Luckily I had a financial cushion to survive on until I acquired experience. Luckily I am in Hawaii where I wouldn't freeze to death, die of thirst, die from hunger, or roast while I struggled to live. Looking back, I should have practiced my future lifestyle and learned as much as I could for a year before making the plunge. What a shock going from grid electric to zero, piped in water to rain catchment, sewage to cesspool, heat and air conditioning to zero, comfortable housing to 2x4s and a roof, local shopping malls to nothing, friends to nobody, medical hospitals and doctors everywhere to a rural clinic (I was lucky to have even just that), 5 minutes to town for supplies to 2 hours and a poor selection, Internet to none, telephone to none, TV to none, income to none, buying food to .........gee I thought I was really going to be able to live off the land? I lost 50 lbs the first year and almost lost my marriage. Restless but reasonably content to worried, stressed, bouts of depression and despair. It took a good year to make the switch emotionally, psychologically, physically, mentally in general.
I wish you the best adventure, but I would suggest that as a pioneer you should hope to be better prepared than we were. Perhaps a year being one of a Paul's ants would give you the skills to survive Alaska. Or some other practice session somewhere else, ya know, a stepping stone so to speak. May your future be interesting!