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Where do I start?

So we're finally moving to our little plot of land (an acre in suburbia) at the end of the month. Now my head is spinning and I don't know where to start. Any chance you'd do a lunch time series on where to start when you finally get that homestead rolling?

--- Naomi

Building the fordThat's a wonderful question, Naomi!  The truth is that when I bought our farm, my head was in a similar state.  As a result, it took us years to actually move here.  After that we wasted a lot of time running around like chickens with our heads cut off, trying to figure out where to start.  Hopefully we can save you from making the same mistakes.

Before we dive right into the specifics, I'd like to point you to a previous lunchtime series on the top qualities you'll need to be a successful homesteader.  I'm going to stick to the nitty gritty in this week's lunchtime series, but it's worth cultivating the qualities I recommend there too --- moderate strength, frugality, ties in the community, and pacing.

This post is part of our Starting Out on the Homestead lunchtime series.  Read all of the entries:

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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