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terri sullivan
7/15/2007 12:00:00 AM

How necessary is it to be self sufficent and is it really possible? We want to, however, we have not had good luck growing even tomatoes in pots, and certainly do not have a green thumb. I love to freeze veggies, etc. Also, are generators something that is a good investment for these times. I have spoken with some people about being prepared, homesteading, etc. they are not at all worried, they said that they prepared for Y2K and nothing happened and they actually wasted stuff. I am for sure wanting all of the info I can get on the above questions. Thanks Terri

mike plitnick
6/16/2007 12:00:00 AM

hi,just taking a chance.looking for a few acres to live on and bowhunt out of the way,in ia or anywhere i can make a living?

bobbie fowler
5/24/2007 12:00:00 AM

no comment really. just looking for information on how to get started homesteading. need all info, from where to find land to what i need to do to get it. anything at all is helpful.

carrie ann hebert
4/25/2007 12:00:00 AM

Hello,We are a military family who has decided to homestead somewhere in the Smokey Mountain foothills. Tennessee is currently our 1st choice. We would like to farm organically and raise several types of livestock (sheep, a few cows, pigs, chicken and couple of horses). We want to have organic, grass fed animals for our own consumption and to be able to sell a bit to our community. We would love to have any information at all about possible farms that may be looking to sell in a few years. My husband plans on retiring in 2013. So I have 6 years to study, practice what I can and hopefully find a great place. If you have any advice or know of a possible location, please let me know. Thanks so much!

linda robinson
8/15/2006 12:00:00 AM

Been there, done that. The beachfront home, the 50+ acre farm/forest preservation home. I would like to relocate in the mountains within 150-250 miles from where I live now - less than 10 minutes walk to the Chesapeake Bay in Southern MD. I would like to get some input from those who live in Western MD, PA, WV, northern VA. How do I connect and find reasonably price acreage? Wouldn't mind even only an acre or 5 backed up to a Nat'l Park.

walter jeffries
6/28/2006 12:00:00 AM

We have been gradually adding a few new skills, a new animal, a couple of new veggies, etc each year. This slow approach gets us there without being overwhelmed by too many new things all at once. You can visit our homestead blog at where I write about things we've learned 'on the farm'.One thing that threatens that is the USDA's National Animal Identification System (NAIS) which will make it harder for people to buy and sell animals. Most people don't breed their own stock but instead buy piglets or chickens, etc. NAIS is going to add significant costs (e.g., $30 to $50) per animal. That amounts to a hidden tax on our food of about $500 per year. When you're low income and living sustainably on a homestead that is a big chunk of change. Visit for more information about this program.