02-06-2013, 09:50 AM
Join Date: Feb 2007
Re: New to Homesteading idea...
I agree with the PP. Do you and your DH work full time? I agree to start small, if you first start with chickens, and maybe a garden, concentrate on the plants that produce things your family will eat a lot of. Like for us that means a lot of tomatoes, we go through tons of spaghetti sauce and salsa. There's a ton of maintenance that goes into a farmplace alone, before adding animals and garden, ect in. For me it easily takes 6 hours to mow, using a riding lawnmower, just around our farmplace(our driveway is .5 mile long so that's part of it), around our barns and yard. During the summer depending on rain I might have to mow 1-2 times a week. My DH works in the barn/field work so I try to keep the kids busy outside so I can get things done. They're both 6 so luckily they play well together and can be pretty helpful but I still can never mow more then 1-2 hours straight before I need to stop for something.
You could also see if you could lease an animal from someone. Like for 4H our kids are going to lease sheep, they'll stay on our friends farm who has sheep, but we'll go once or twice a week and help care for them. That way you get an idea about the level of care they need without the full time commitment. Another thing about animals is you need to have someone you trust to care for them, or you cant go on vacation. Ever.
My kids LOVE our farm, and although I'm a city girl I LOVE living on a farm. It's an amazing life. And if you are prepared for the work and committed to it I'd say go for it, just be prepared
Denise, building a life with B
my farmer, Mom to W
12.2006, and A 04.2013
Bonus Mom to L
09.2006 and one angel 10.24.2013
Expecting someone new 09/2014