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Old 02/13/04, 11:15 AM
 
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Started homesteading in the last 5 years?

I'm curious about this..............how many of you were early participants on the old Countryside forum or were subscribers to CS or TMEN for several years while living a city life, and actually made your dream come true in the last few years? There were a lot of us on the CS forum who talked, planned, dreamed and gathered knowledge while we got our courage (and finances) ready to take the plunge.

I remember that as a wild twenty year old girl, I wanted to drop out of society and live self-sufficiently; way out in the boonies. I bought books on chickens, goats, growing vegetables, and my personal favorite "Practical Homesteading" by John Vivian. It wasn't until about 5 years ago that I sat at this computer and typed in the word "homesteading" that I saw it as a possible reality for me. All of the sudden I'd found lots of folks who really lived this way, and even more who wanted to! That may have been one of the happiest days of my life. It certainly was a turning point, because I spent every waking moment for the next few years planning my escape from the city.

Fast forward, and here I am on my little homestead. I bought 5 acres of raw land, and started living. I have peace and quiet, starry nights, fresh eggs, clean water, and the promise of homegrown apples and blueberries. I have a deposit down on 3 goat kids for this spring. So many wonderful things to look forward to. Sure, I still work fulltime in the city, but when I'm home, the city seems a million miles away.

So, are you where you want to be? I want to know if other forum folks inspired you and gave you the courage to live your dream. It worked for me!

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Old 02/13/04, 11:33 AM
 
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For me, it was about 10 years ago. I was living in a tract home in Riverside California when the dream began to live for me. I began looking for all I could on raising animals. That was when I came across CS and TMEN. It was like a window opening and fresh air entering my life. Before this I had been having a few rough years. I lost two children to premature birth. I had a post-partum depression with the next one. However, the sun came on and with it, my dream to homestead. A couple of years went by while we moved to an acre, then 5 acres of rented land, and I found the CS forum. Homesteading is not only something I believe in, it is something I have seen the fruit of in my life. I have seen the fruit of it, in my children's and husband's life as well. Thank you for reminding me of the early days


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Old 02/13/04, 02:44 PM
 
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Well, I'm still just a wannabe homesteader. I own 17 acrs & a small cabin, but I can't move there YET because I'm still tied up in the corporate thing. Doing my time untill retirement.A few more years. My family & I have enjoyed the land for 15 yrs, but no one has been able to actually LIVE on it.

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Old 02/13/04, 02:45 PM
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I have always dreamed of homesteading. But it is still a dream! Glad to read someone has made that dream come true!!
Many blessings for a beautiful satisfying future!

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Old 02/13/04, 03:17 PM
 
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I wanted to live in the country all my life - had given up on the idea a couple of years ago - then "poof" an opportunity presented itself and I took it! I moved in in September and began wondering - now what? :haha:

In November I was searching Amazon for how to books- found out that what I wanted to do was called homesteading!!! Put homesteading in google and here I am.

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Old 02/13/04, 04:40 PM
 
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I use to post on the old forum and the wife and I are moving tomorrow from Southern California to Evergreen, Colorado. We won't be on a homestead per se but we will have 1-3 acres, once we buy a home, and get to live up in the foothills of the rocky mountains and still be close enough to commute to Denver. It is a compromise but a good one between the wife and I. Once we get settled in I am going to look for some rural land to build a small cabin on etc..........

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Old 02/13/04, 06:32 PM
 
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We started off about like most people, just dreaming. DH and I were both raised in the country but met and married in southern Ca. When our 3rd bot arrived we decided it was TIME. A friend gave us a copy of Countryside and we were hooked. Rented a place with 4 acres and began to learn. Moved to our own place with 5 acres an d have been here ever since. That was in the early 70's, not much different than todays dreamers. Our next move is to our retirement place, 105 acres on the other side of the state. Can't wait.

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Old 02/13/04, 06:42 PM
 
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Started reading TMEN when in my teens, lived in the city. Joined the Navy and kept reading and dreaming. Found Backwoods Home magazine shortly after becoming discouraged with the direction TMEN was headed. I also started reading Countysides. Got married (for the second time), to a woman with no interest in homesteading. Last fall, we were in the process of getting a mortgage to build on a lot which we bought several years ago, when we found a cute little house in the country just a mile down the road from her parents. It came with 7.5 acres, a polebarn, a garage, and two outbuildings. Most of the stuff from the previous owners came with the house as it was an estate sale. We moved in october 15th.
Now, my wife doesn't think of it as homesteading but we will be getting chickens in about a month and starting a garden in the spring. Yes she is actually looking forward to the garden. This morning she looked at me and out of the blue said "We can do this chicken thing, and if we have to go up north my dad will probably watch them for us." It took no prompting from me. Hmmm maybe its time to mention that I wouldn't mind having a couple hogs to feed this summer.
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Old 02/13/04, 10:10 PM
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My ex wife subscribed to CS in 1998 just after the computer engineering dept I was a part of began questioning the integrity of the dedicated code line number protocol of snap link canned software, and year 2000 transition. After the spring of 2000, she lost interest after the Y2k non-event. I on the other hand , continued to use parts of the direction of our rushed y2k preparedness to develop an agronomic parachute to combine with my silver parachute in the event of layoff. After my layoff, I softly landed in the life I live today and she and her son went off in pursuit of the ratrace security she prefered.

Am I where I want to be? For today I am. I prefer waiting until I wake up to decide what my day will hold for me and my new lifestyle provides me with the flexibility I value.

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Old 02/14/04, 03:08 AM
 
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Read ya on the old CS forum...lost ya, then found ya again here. Can't remember names...you know who you are.
I'd say I've been a Farmer for all my life...working it...leasing it...losing $ in it.
Understand the want in homesteading...admit it's the life...long days...sweat...tears...and then doing it all over again when the sun rises.
It's not for everyone. I've seen many folks come & go. It's the ones on this type of forum that outlast them all.
I'm glad to be w/you. I learn alot just hanging around.



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Old 02/14/04, 09:09 AM
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I was a wannabe when I first came here - but shortly thereafter was able to buy the "dream" place. We love it, but sometimes there's so much to do around here that it doesn't leave much time for discussing it!

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Old 02/14/04, 09:52 AM
 
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I still remember the old country living email lists, I tried for years to make the move it didn't happen, ended up divorced and then finally moved out of SoCal to Texas. :yeeha:
I Am now on 5 overpriced acers, with a nice new home. I will probably sell this in a few years and go get me 10 acers of raw land farther east and build my own house.
Then I get to be a true homesteader.


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Old 02/13/13, 05:57 PM
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I wanted to start living on the old family farm in the mid 1980s .I had a good union job in Chicago but like most construction jobs it was feast and famin on a good road project you work lots and make lots but upon compleation your unemployed .my grand parents were small farmers in Virginia and my parents held onto the old farm it being in the hills when the neabours farm came up for sale I bought it mt. land being cheep at that time and I was steadly moving up at my job I even tried to get work in Virginia but no luck .so I read every thing I could on homesteading I recived countryside from 1981 and backwoods home from the first issue on .but responsabilitys family citified trophy wife all kept me ancored in the city but always going back to the farm was my stalled dream I had the troy built tiller big incubator a cabin and barn an old truck on the farm .then a much needed devorse and now working for a large contractor as a supervisor there was no more advanceing with the economy crashing a great break came to me in 2008 my wonderful union made it possible to take early retirement with a pencion, health incurance,and dept free I resined from my job and headed to the farm .now im totally self sefechint as far as food water .i'm milking a cow raiseing chickens and rabbits hog all with great success as well as gardening making hay .my root cellar is full of canned goods I haven't bought meat from a store in years I can run a tractor like an old pro even got a work -buggy horse honey bees on n on .I even sell eggs and veggies at the farmers market .thank goodness as a teen fresh out of high school I had to join the union and work twards getting a penceion though it does get lonely away from family with no neabours for a mile, i'v become a member of this community where there are lots of part time farmers and I,v never regreted a moment

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Old 02/13/13, 08:17 PM
 
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I (and my siblings) grew up farming/homesteading, and it was such hard work we all left home as quickly as we could. Four of us have now returned to "our homeplace" to garden, raise livestock, mill lumber, and just live in general. There have been some improvements from our previous circumstances however. We heated our old home with four fireplaces, and it was still cold on chilly nights. I heat my house with one efficient wood stove, and there are two furnaces that kick in if I don't feel like fueling the stove. There were eight of us fighting for one bathroom growing up. The four of us have twelve bathrooms between us now...so no waiting in line (or going outside) to take care of important business.

So, I/we didn't learn about homesteading from a magazine, but rather we lived it growing up. It took leaving that life to appreciate how much it meant to me/us...and it's even a little better with some of the technology we have today.

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Old 02/13/13, 09:42 PM
 
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DH and I both grew up in the country, not on farms, but on acreage, and I think we've both always on some level wanted to head back out to somewhere that the neighbors can't see in your windows without binoculars! He and I met 10 years ago, got married 8 years ago, and have been working through our plans to move back out and start doing some casual farming/homesteading ever since we realized that we really didn't want to live in town anymore. We've had a Countryside subscription for quite a while, though I was only allowed to restart my Backyard Poultry (what DH called my "chicken porn" when we still lived in the city) since we got out onto our property and actually got some chickens. We're just getting this place started, but have some solid plans about what we're going to do with it, as well as plans for how to use the land my mother deeded to us last year . . .

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Old 02/14/13, 06:36 AM
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I started here and on BWH back in the 90's. I grew up in the country on a homestead where we grew food, had cows, chickens, hogs and horses. I moved to a small town at 14 for a couple years then spent about 3 years living in Chicago as a teenager. Thank the Lord I got back to the country at 17 and have been here ever since. I would go through withdrawal without BWH, Countryside and Backhome. I am 61 now and wondering about how much I want to do going forward. May start a new thread about that soon.

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I was let go from a good truck driving job in Toronto in Feb. 2008 with a nice package that let me take my time finding a new job. I had already arranged to buy some rabbits prior to being let go so I picked up the rabbits and that was my introduction to animals. I had already moved out of the city three years earlier so I was already on a 1/4 acre in the country so in 2011 I got my first chickens. I found HT through a link on the web site of the place I bought my rabbits (Moonkitten) and have been trying as hard as I can since then to soak up as much homesteading information as I can.

It's just me here so it would be nice to meet a nice lady who was into the simple life, homesteading, gardening and animals. If I ever move again it will be one more time to the exact property I"m looking for, otherwise i"m planted here and will make the best of what I have here until the end of my days. I always wanted to be a farmer since I was a little kid and HT was like a big breath of fresh air to me, finally finding a community of people who were trying to follow the same path I wanted to.

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Old 02/14/13, 01:27 PM
 
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I do go back to the earlier CS days. I had divorced and met DH in the city. He had been semi-rural So. California, and moved to my city to hang out with his dad. He always jokes that he had to move to the city to find a woman who wanted to move to the country! By the way, I had very very specific requirements in my mind as to who I would marry if I ever married again. The desire to live the homesteading life was No. 1. I would not have even gone to a 2nd date with anyone unless they were of that mindset.

Funny how, once I had made up my mind about that, he appeared!

We planned originally to move to our 40 acres in Missouri. Matter of fact, we honeymooned there (well, in a little motel). The land has been in his family for 75 years or so. He had never been there. He didn't want to move there as he felt the soil wasn't good enough to grow any hay, etc. So, with Y2K rapidly approaching, we bought our 2.5 acres 60 miles outside the big city.

It was a compromise but I am glad we did it as it kept us close to both our families and his work has been steady.

Health issues kicked me severely, still struggle daily but meds have helped. Then to add to that I had to have surgery on both shoulders 4 years apart.

I have Swartzenneger sized dreams and an Olive Oil body. I am not a strong gal, 54 now, and at 5'3" and barely 120 lbs on a good day, I can't do much physical stuff. Matter of fact, those shoulders mentioned above I know in my heart I wore them out.

But we own this land and our beloved 1965 trailer. We have had chickens the whole time save for this last bout w/a bobcat who took them all out. Did lots of quail for meat. Lots of meat chickens thru the years. Did the dairy goat thing, Nubians, who due to one of my health issues (no dairy any more) are fat happy spoiled pets!

Gardening galore, the first big garden we did was 5,000 sq. feet. Oh what a garden that was!

I learned as much as I could while dreaming in the city. When DH came along, we gardened every sq. inch of that little city yard. I never was too impressed with TMEN, and CS has always been my favorite.

I enjoy the stars, the fact that we actually get some cold here, as opposed to the city an hour away, but no real snow to speak of. I like our sand (we are literally parked on a sand dune, flattened out) because I can grow stuff like mad on it. I am more the prepper/homesteader when it comes to a lot of stuff than DH is. He just doesn't seem all that interested in wind or solar power (both of which we have in abundance here), but maybe he will be when he retires. He works full time in the city, I am at home w/a nice small online business.

I remember feeling a great sense of family w/CS forums and of course, the ability to get help with animal or gardening trouble so quickly is nice too!

I hope anyone who really wants to do it, will go for it!

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I'm curious about this..............how many of you were early participants on the old Countryside forum or were subscribers to CS or TMEN for several years while living a city life, and actually made your dream come true in the last few years? There were a lot of us on the CS forum who talked, planned, dreamed and gathered knowledge while we got our courage (and finances) ready to take the plunge.

I remember that as a wild twenty year old girl, I wanted to drop out of society and live self-sufficiently; way out in the boonies. I bought books on chickens, goats, growing vegetables, and my personal favorite "Practical Homesteading" by John Vivian. It wasn't until about 5 years ago that I sat at this computer and typed in the word "homesteading" that I saw it as a possible reality for me. All of the sudden I'd found lots of folks who really lived this way, and even more who wanted to! That may have been one of the happiest days of my life. It certainly was a turning point, because I spent every waking moment for the next few years planning my escape from the city.

Fast forward, and here I am on my little homestead. I bought 5 acres of raw land, and started living. I have peace and quiet, starry nights, fresh eggs, clean water, and the promise of homegrown apples and blueberries. I have a deposit down on 3 goat kids for this spring. So many wonderful things to look forward to. Sure, I still work fulltime in the city, but when I'm home, the city seems a million miles away.

So, are you where you want to be? I want to know if other forum folks inspired you and gave you the courage to live your dream. It worked for me!
WOW! I started this thread 9 years ago, talk about a blast from the past! The thing that jumped out at me is the mention of the 3 goat kids ~ I still have all three ~ Kip, Dillon and Noah, so that means they just turned 9 years old!
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i dont care if this is 9 years old, i didnt revive it. so ill add to it

i never wanted to be a farm boy. i tryed the whole computer route, got a few associates degrees, and that was no fun. then i had a child, started thinking of the "big picture" the "what ifs" n whatnot, and relized that i needed to provide for my son even if money fails. so i bought a small house and 1/2 an acre in june 2012. moved in in nov. going to put in a mini mini orchard with maybe a dozen trees, got wild rasberries everywhere, some blackberries, gonna have a huge garden. maybe eventurn a spring into a pond. got a creek near by. my house is paid off. theres alot of work to do, gotta figure out alot. but i live below my means and my wife is a great saver! my son will always be able to have a roof over his head and food in his stomach, nothing else matters

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