18 Mar ’19
Myself and my husband are in the Prepping To Prep phase of our lives.
We currently live in Colorado, but are moving to Missouri (for many reasons) to buy land and start up our farm.
We are both City People and Millennials.
I am fighting for disability, he is gainfully employed, I do the stay-at-home thing, some taxidermy work, and vegetable gardening.
While neither of us is "afraid" of hard work, I do have physical limitations that have to be accounted for. Severe shoulder damage, arthritis in my hips, spine, and knees, nerve damage in both legs from my calves to my feet.
Lifting is limited, but can be done (especially with the aid of tools/levers/machinery/critters)
Standing for extended periods of time is problematic, though my doctor is hoping some custom shoe inserts will help extend the time.
Before it starts, yes, losing weight will help, but it's not an instant-fix solution, and weight loss surgery is, unfortunately, not an option at all.
Working the farm will help with all of the above, and that is a mid- to long-term goal.
Working the farm will be predominantly my duty, though I will have my husband's help during non-work hours, and my son during school vacations. He is 13 and able bodied.
We want to get as close to self-sufficiency as humanly possible.
I do understand that this will take time to build up to, as we have limited starting funds.
I will likely have a million and a half questions.
I don't have enough knowledge to just Do This outright, but a (very small scale) homesteader friend says I have just enough knowledge to be dangerous.
I am very much the "Plan For The Worst" type of person, and I can "What-If" with the best of them.
The problem is, I have almost no experience with what types of things can go wrong on a farm, short of what I read online.
Crap weather = livestock dying, crop loss
Certain breeds of critters being more prone to certain diseases
but what else can go wrong?
How to I plan for such contingencies?
I'll probably have oddles more posts with questions
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12 Oct ’12
Welcome to the boards, Candle! Sounds like you guys have some great plans in the works. Missouri is a great state; I'm in Michigan, but if I wasn't, the Show Me State is where I'd probably be. Lots of land, four good seasons, reasonable taxes, and a relatively free state (liberty). The Mrs. and I visit there fairly often.
The best advice I can give you on homesteading is to start small and grow as you accomplish things. Too many times, I've gotten ahead of myself with plans and projects; I've planted too much, bought too much, planned to do too much, and every time, I ended up discouraged in the end when I cannot get it all done. Take small, strategic steps and don't try to boil the ocean in one setting.
What type of animals are you folks thinking of starting with? What's your ETA on a move?
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