Define Your Own Homesteading Experience

If you're intimidated by the thought of communes and rural homesteading; follow these tips for a happy, easy life.

| January/February 1970

  • Driving down Highway
    Learn how to be the master of your own ship with these easy-living tips.
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  • Driving down Highway

So the air is full of crud, the water tastes funny and the nine-to-five is a drag. You're tired of the subway, dog crap in the streets, bumper-to-bumper traffic and plastic TV dinners. Maybe the communes — with all that fresh air, sunshine, love and home-baked bread — are really into something.

But how the hell can you do it? T. Leary's "Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out" is a noble sentiment ... but it doesn't lay down much of a blueprint. Is it actually possible to tell the boss to shove it, square your shoulders, and step out a free man ... without starving to death?

Sure. It's easy. The global electronic village is now! Just like McLuhan and Theobald and Bucky Fuller keep telling us. Nobody has to live second-hand anymore. The material scarcity world is dead. Long live free energy. Time and space are now plastic and life is exactly what you make it.

Stated most simply, there are two ways of living: Either play the "game." Go for the money first and — assuming you get it — buy the kind of life you want. Or, kick out the jams, make your scene right in front, and let the bread take care of itself.

Find Your Land

If you've got some money, fine. Your initial choice can be just that much wider. If you don't have bread, don't sweat it. That doesn't cramp your style at all. Besides, you can easily get paid for doing exactly what you want to do anyway. It doesn't matter if good times to you is a back-to-the-land thing or whether you have eyes for, say, touring with a name rock group. Either one is cool and either one is possible. I've done both and other numbers in between. You can, too.

For example, this back-to-nature bit is very big right now and getting bigger. Let's say you want to get in on the action, but you have little or no money. Well, no matter what "they" say, it can be done. The land is not all taken.

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