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Can I go back to the land by myself?

I am a Unix sysadmin/security guy, so my job tends to be stressful with long hours.  I currently dream of homesteading on 10-20 acres in the Ozarks in northern Arkansas.  How easy do you find it to provide various necessities that can't be earned through sweat equity by freelancing?  Are you able to maintain enough income to provide the store-bought things that you need?

--- Shannon


Wood pileSome homesteaders have gotten their lives simplified to the point where they barely buy anything from the store.  We're in a sort of halfway house --- we do buy flour, cocoa, sugar, dairy, tea, and some meat; keep two cars running; and pay for high speed internet and electricity.  On the other hand, we're extremelly minimal in most respects and can live well on the poverty line income for two people.  If you're obsessed with clothes, sports cars, or all of the latest electronic gadgets, you're obviously going to have to make a lot more money.  Read more....



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Question:

In what ways has the "Walden Effect" life differed from what you originally had envisioned? What was romanticized that turned out to be totally different or more difficult? What unexpected pleasures did you find?

Comment by Everett Tue Feb 17 15:48:21 2009
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That's a great question! I'll have to toss it around and answer it in a real post.
Comment by anna Tue Feb 17 16:29:00 2009

One very unique homestead, $1,500 per acre, the opportunity of a lifetime