I was disappointed to read the responses to the other woman who wants to be self-sufficient with the other family..... First off, we have five children, ages 11 down to 1..... So that makes us pretty unique, but would love to hear from others with large families who are homesteading..... We have been living very simply for several years now, have very little debt, and living in a small apartment in suburbia, while my husband is off working his butt off 60 plus hours a week (including his hour commute each way)..... Our plan is to buy land in central Maine (hopefully this Sunday), and put an old 27' silver bullet camper on it (which we are buying today) - We will be paying cash for the land (probably will be just 3 - 5 acres of raw land) - and cash for the camper. Then traveling up to Maine on weekends to clear, build a small cabin (28' x 16' with two lofts)..... We hope to be there full time the Saturday after Thanksgiving.... We have a very growing online business, (could use advice about satellite internet connections... we are planning to have a generator for the computer)and expect that my husband will work outside at least part-time - although he hopes to get a few organic lawn care accounts (probably not easy in central Maine but he should be able to find a few we think)... we will of course add more gardens each year, chickens, fire wood and have to purchase propane.... WE would like to add sheep to do some of our own wool growing and probably add a studio some day.. Water - well we hope to find a property with a brook to start and then add a well as needed. We will only have about $10,000 after we buy the camper and land so we are doing this on a very small budget!! We are ready to have a more home based lifestyle, leave a smaller footprint on the earth, be with one another (depsite the constant work!), live simply and close to nature... Warm wishes, Tonya Home Educating, Simple Living, WAHM of 5 http://www.naturalearthfarm.com Ok, I am ready to hear the good, the bad and the ugly.