Just for fun.... Lets say we create a homestead and each of you can bring in your own ideas to make this little place tic-toc like a clock. To start.... a modest one level home of 1800 square feet. 4 bedrooms/1bath on 5 acres of rocky soil in New England where the winters are substantial and growing season is short. You are connected to the power grid but outbuildings are not. The land is comprised of 2 acre lawn a small,tiny pond, small bog(1acre), mixed woods 75% hardwood 25% soft. Money is limited....say $35,000 year for family of 5, one parent working. Strong backs and good work ethics are plentiful. $500 mortgage, no car payments, no credit card debt, no student loans. What animals do you keep? What do you grow in a 20x30 garden? How/what would you do to make seasonal money? What do you do to the house to make it low maintenance? Heat with wood without completely clearing land? Bring on the ideas!