We are about to move from San Diego to central Ohio due to a job transfer. I've found acreage 10-15 miles away from DH's job. Our intentions are to live more simply - we wnat to have 2 dairy goats, some chickens, and a garden big enough to feed our family. I was raised in the city, haven't done many of things (never canned, gardened! Yikes! ) but we're ready to start and learn!!! I found a house with 5 acres. What does one need to look for in a homestead? Geothermal heating? Fencing? Quality soil? Is there a good book or website that can help me buy the house that will meet our needs? I'm nervous because I don't feel educated enough to make this purchase but this so happens to be the timing. THe other option is to buy in the city in a subdivision, research for a few years, and then buy but that would be more costly. I'd appreciate any advice!