What is Homesteading and why are you doing it?

Homesteading is a lifestyle that focuses on self-sufficiency located usually on a tract of rural land. Most reference material will point toward the definition of homesteading as being a mostly rural endeavor. Recently the terms Urban Homesteading and Suburban Homesteading have emerged.

In our experience and opinion it is very difficult to attain that lifestyle of self-sufficiency associated to homesteading, in an urban or suburban setting. We have had the pleasure of living, now, in all three types of places.

Some history.

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Tools. What the heck do I need on a homestead?

There are many opinions out there.  We have ours. From growing up on a small homestead,  to being around  those whom have recently started homesteads and also heavy research on the topic, we believe the following are must have tools to get started.  

Notice we said get started.  Your tool needs will continue to grow as your homestead grows.  You can of course add the big dollar items like a tractor or a wire feed welder but we wanted to begin with the basics.  Don't feel overwhelmed about this list of 45 items.  You can gradually collect them. Buy them new, find them at garage sales and estate sales or borrow them from friends to start.  Many of these items can be had for little money and should be easy to obtain.  We want you to be successful in your homestead  endeavors.  

Pruning Shears: Needed for pruning fruit trees and even garden vegetable plants. Watch us prune our citrus here: Pruning Indoor Citrus: DIY Tips

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I want to move and live a quiet life in the country. Where do I start? Debt or?

When we first started down the decision path of making a transition from the city to the country, many things crossed our minds. One of the biggest thoughts at the forefront was "How are we going to pay off our debt?" and "Is it prudent to pay off the debt before leaving?".

Yes, the debt was the big one. We were saddled like most Americans with what we perceived to be mountains of it. We had no problem with the payments. From car notes, to credit cards, to the mortgage, student loans,

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