If I Could Do It All Again: Lessons Learned Living Off the Land

From planning your home to laying out garden beds, a long-time homesteader offers 20 years of wisdom about living off the land.



living off the land - Steve Maxwell Family
The author’s family, experienced hands all at living off the land.
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Steve Maxwell Victorian Home
The author’s family built this gorgeous home by hand — without a mortgage!
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Fabric Shelter
Covered storage space for equipment is a wise investment for new homesteaders.
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Farmall Super H Tractor
The author purchased this 1953 Farmall Super H in 1986 for $1,000.
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Steve Maxwell’s Workshop
The author’s workshop is one source of his bread and butter.
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Pickup Truck
A reliable pickup truck is a wise investment for new homesteaders.
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Raspberries
If you focus on getting perennials established before planting annual vegetables, you could have fresh berries for years to come.
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Shed
This small shed was the Maxwells’ temporary residence while they built their house.
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Workshop
The author’s workshop during construction.
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