I was wondering if any of you had recommendations on how to make a living from a homestead. We have both worked professionally until the company we worked at closed down and I've "retired" early, LOL. DH has found another job, but I am a homemaker (exclusively) for the first time ever. YIPPEE. Of course, our income dropped substantially with my job loss and his income dropped slightly with the job change. We were able to pay the homestead off, praise God. We only have chickens but hope to have beef cattle and pigs for butchering this year (just for us)... and I hope to have dairy goats soon too. We have alfalfa in our fields, but a good share of our land is heavy timber and there are a lot of ravines and creek beds thru the land. It's hilly except for a couple of pastures. We probably have (I'm guestimating) around 55-65 acres of tillable ground. We own a small Case diesel tractor with a blade, potato plow and bale lift. We've planted 2 fruit trees per year and have 16 total so far. We have raspberry bushes, some gooseberry, grape vines, etc. You get the picture. We're probably too far away from the city to get people interested to rent garden space. We've considered the possibility of building a couple of cabins to rent out but truthfully we like our privacy and I'd rather not draw people out here when we like the seclusion so much. We don't want to allow hunting on our property due to the dangers (and again the privacy). It's late and I'm tired... so I'm probably forgetting a lot, but can add more later if anyone has any suggestions. Appreciate your input. We really need to get something going to help compensate our income.