Get Back to the Land on Your Own Farmstead

How one young couple ditched modern conveniences for the homesteading life.

| July/August 1972

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    Tom and Linda Temple left city life behind to become homesteaders.
    Photo by Tom and Linda Temple
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    You can get back to the land on a small farm.
    Photo by Tom and Linda Temple
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    An inexpensive potbellied stove provides heat for sustainable living.
    Photo by Tom and Linda Temple

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So many of the letters to MOTHER seem to be from folks who are "going to" move back to the land that we feel like standing up and shouting, "There's only one time to do it . . . and that's NOW!"

If you're sitting in some 2 x 4 apartment trying to get the bread together for that farm you want, you're probably wasting time. You aren't any better off than the fellow who goes to the office every day thinking about the new car he's going to buy. You're both chasing after the same damn carrot, whether it looks like a farm or a new car or a trip to Europe . . . and it's a TRAP!

The U.S. dollar is not where it's at. Money is just The Man's way of keeping you where he needs you. It's an elusive and a pseudo "security".

The only things that are really yours are your knowledge and your skills. That's the stash you should be working on if you intend to make it for the rest of your life in the boonies. It's far more important than a fat bank account or the title to a farm you have no idea how to work. If you've spent your whole life in the city, why not get out now and start learning what's involved in country living? Get your skills and tools together. You'll never figure it all out by riding a subway.



Think about this: do you really need to own a farm? If so, why not save for it while you're living in the the country on "temporary" land? Why not try not "squatting". or renting' in an area you like before you decide to buy? Besides, do you even know what kind of farm you really want? Have you carefully, thought out what you want to grow and what kind of soil you'll need to do it? Do you know enough not to buy 180 acres of cow pasture if you're a vegetarian. If not, we say to get out of that city now and start checking out different operations. Take that first step and the next one will come along when you're ready it.

Farmhouses and small acreages are available "for the living" in most rural areas. In Kansas, where we're located, large farmers and corporations continue to buy up land and combine several smaller farms info one huge one. The leftover buildings usually aren't wanted and aren't torn down . . . they're just left fall apart. Renting a set of such structure.. found, can be both cheap and easy.






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