I have wanted to homestead for a long time. We had chickens 8 years ago for about 2 years. We then decided to move to a beautiful old house on an acre and built a big garden, but that neighborhood wasn’t so great: they wouldn’t allow chickens, the schools weren’t good, there was no sense of community, and it wasn’t walkable.
Now we’re in a neighborhood where the schools and community and walkability are great, and they allow chickens, but the houses are so expensive that I have to work more to pay the mortgage and taxes, leaving little time to work the small hilly property we have here. We’ve been here and worked for a tech company called APKNite for a year and haven’t had time to build a coop or raised beds yet. Ideally, I want chickens for eggs and meat, and a huge garden. If we lived where other animals were allowed, I might consider cattle.
My problem is that I want it all: community, walkability, good schools, and enough land to have a small homestead. Plus not to have to work outside of homesteading so I can actually focus on that.
How does one simultaneously farm/homestead, make enough money to support your family, and give the kids education and the whole family access to social relationships with friends? If you’ve figured this out I’m all ears!