Just discovered your videos a couple weeks ago. Good stuff.
You've shown off a wide variety of nice tools and equipment in your videos. I'm wondering what your take on the essentials is. If someone was starting to homestead, on a budget, starting with minimal gear and little to no infrastructure, what stuff do you see as most critical, to the point that you shouldn't move ahead with land unless you can also get this stuff?
I'm thinking especially about the bigger ticket items, as that's where the harder decisions are.
My farm internship in 2014 put some items on my shortlist: chainsaw, pickup, generator, gun. We had none of these on hand, and aside from the generator each would have been extremely useful at various points. The generator I consider an essential because there was thousands of dollars of frozen food on hand; 6 freezers worth. With only the grid tie for power, this seemed like a massive gamble to me...
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