The Benefits of Homesteading: An Introduction to the Have-More Plan

Ed Robinson, author of the "Have-More Plan" shares why his family made the move to the country — and talks about all the joy it's brought his family.

| March/April 1970

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    The Robinsons on their homestead in the 1940s. Ed and Carolyn Robinson wrote the comprehensive homesteading guide called the Have More Plan which is still in print.
    Photo by Ed Robinson
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    The differences between city life and country life are vast.
    Illustration by Ed Robinson

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My wife, Carolyn, our son Jackie, and I haven't any land to sell — we aren't promoting anybody's products. We just want to tell you some things we learned about how to have more fun, more health and more security than 99 percent of the people in this world ever had before.

Back in 1942, we Robinsons lived in a big apartment house in New York. Far from having all the conveniences and easy living you are supposed to leave in a big city, we discovered we had very little.

In the first place, we always felt restricted. Living in the city wasn't easy, it was difficult. And every time we turned around it seemed to cost us money.

For example, just to let the baby walk or play outdoors cost us money and trouble. First, we had to dress the baby nice (because we were going to the park), then get together blankets, diapers, his toys, etc., carry all this and the baby out to the elevator, wait until the elevator came for us, then outside we would have to walk two blocks and wait for a bus, then ride about 15 blocks and get off the bus, carry everything into the park, and find a spot where we could sit down.

One terribly hot Sunday afternoon we had gone all through this procedure and finally found a spot that wasn't crowded, spread a blanket to sit on, unpacked the baby's toys, diapers, etc. and settled down for a few minutes' peace. Just then a policeman came up to us. "Look, you can't stay here," he said.

"Why not?" I asked.


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