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What's Your Idea of a Dream Homestead?


| 10/12/2009 6:05:24 PM



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We’ve said before that our magazine specializes in both the here-and-now and the later-and-wow. With no limitations, what would your ideal future homestead look like? What would you grow? What animals would grace your pastures? Close your eyes, plan it out, and tell us all about it. If you are lucky enough to be living your dream, go ahead and brag about it!  



Cheryl
10/7/2010 1:25:29 PM

I am looking for the perfect homestead. I have been looking for two years and still have not found it. I want at least 100 acres. It has to have a spring for good water. I want a mix of trees and pasture, so I can have a few cows and a couple of horses. I want a milk cow so I can make cheese and butter. The house we can fix or build, it is not important, but it must be off grid and remote. We have saved $200,000 to buy a place but they all seem to be in the 1/2 a million or into the million dollar range, and I don't want to go into debt. I want northwest, maybe as east as Montana or as south as New Mexico. I want to be self-sufficient and live off the land as much as possible. I can dress out a deer or make my own beer. I could live now for 6 mos and not have to go to the store, and that is living in town. But, I want to make my own soap and grow a garden. I don't want to hear the neighbors crappy music anymore, or hear trucks going down the road. I want to see stars at night.... Does anyone know of such a place?


Lady Nilstria
9/21/2010 9:06:04 PM

Firstly, a place with rain. So that grass actually grows. A 60 acre pastured farm, (not in a valley with good loamy soil), laced with clover, alfalfa, and oak trees, (maybe even a nice creek somewhere), with the acreage broken broken down into thirty 2-acre pastures. One lot would have a three bedroom, three bathroom house with wood burning stoves and a big cellar. The house would be surrounded by oak trees and have enough raised garden beds to feed an army. A 400 square foot area would be fenced off for some sixty or so chickens with their own coop. Maybe a few ducks to keep the garden pests down. Another lot would have a horse barn with a twenty foot wide aisle and on each side, five 12x12 horse stalls. There would be a tack room on one side, and a feed room on the other. Don't forget a big loft for hay. All of it would have stall mats. Two 70 foot round pens for the horses and a covered arena for rainy days. Another lot would house the goats, with a smaller aisle style barn with ten 6x6 stalls with mats. Off it would be a milking room, and off of that, a dairy room to store the milk, make cheese, and whatnot. Ideally, I'd have ten meat does and two or three milk does, along with a meat buck and a milk buck. Sixteen lots would be for pasture rotation. Of course, for the goats, I'd want some tall browse in there for the goats. The eleven remaining would be for grain and hay production. Lastly, a private well with a windmill. AND A REALLY BIG TRACTOR.


Fran_8
4/16/2010 11:14:39 AM

My dream home would be on 75-100 wooded acres. I would have chickens, goats, cows, horses, a donkey, dogs and a pig. I would have a large vegetable garden and an orchard full of my favorite fruit and nut trees. I would be off grid with solar, hydro and wind power. I would have a modest 2 story house with a deck on the 2nd floor over looking a 1-2 acre pond. I would have a swimming pool in the back of the house with an outdoor kitchen. I would have a huge indoor kitchen for all my baking and creating. I would have a huge pantry for all my food preps. I would have a water catchment systems for back. I would have several greenhouses. One for hydroponics, another for acquaponics and another just for seed starting. I would have a huge barn for my animals to get out of the heat and bad weather. I would be debt free and able to share what I learned here with others and sell what I do not eat, dry and store at the local farmers market.




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