What are your backgrounds? Rural, suburban, urban? Were you raised in a lower, middle, upper class family? What diferences do you think this makes in your approach to homesteading? I am from a rural background. No telephone service available til I was proabably in kindergarden. I guess we were lower middle class as my parents owned (okay the bank owned) 120 acres of land. My father was a boat captain. My mother became a teacher when I was school age. We always had a large garden, 20-30 beef cattle, a hog occasionally, chickens, etc. My parents were both from extremely rural backgrounds. I have to admit I read alot of stuff here and go "huh?" because I guess it seems like people worry about some weird stuff or are trying to reinvent the wheel. But, I also find some insightful stuff and some great things I hadnt thought about too. I am curious to find where everyone "comes from"