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!  

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.

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.

4/15/2010 4:46:22 PM

My dream home and I guess life would be simple in a complicated way. My homestead would be a two story house in which about 50% was built back into these Kentucky hills. Catching rain water and reusing Grey water would be a biggy. As well as using existing streams, and springs. I would own about a 100 acres as these hills can make large land seem small. My house would be energy efficient as I depend it. I would have a three stage cellar built into the hill, made up to be a walk in freezer/refrigerator, smokehouse, and normal storage cellar. This is where i would cure,dry, work up and store most of my food. I would have a underground holding tank very large to store water and an above ground water tower painted black for those hot showers. On the roof of the house I would have solar panels and small deck for me to star gaze from. The center of the house would have a stress garden with light filtered down from the roof. Aquaponics would help grow a big portion of my supply of veggies. And as for animals I would have chickens of course for eggs and meat, cattle for meat and milk, goats for meat and milk, and sheep for their wool. I would cure my own meats, make my own cheeses, grow fields of hay and cover crops so I would have emergency food in winter. Rabbits for furs and food. Horse for transportation and working. I would render fats for torch fuel and build a motorcycle that ran on hydrogen to get me back and forth to work. Work would be a green construction business.

4/15/2010 9:44:09 AM

Our homestead would be many, many acres to keep things rural. We would have fruit and nut trees, acreage for the pigs, goats, horses, cows, and wildlife. Berry bushes would be abundant as well. A large garden with fence so that the varmints would be good neighbors. Would grow almost all we would need to feed the family. Would hope to grow all we would need to feed the animals too. Off the grid would be a blessing, well water and hoping for a spring on the grounds too. Larger farmhouse very well insulated would be appreciated. Set back off the rural road, hoping it would not be paved, gravel is fine. A green house would be a big item would hope for. A library in the house is a hope. Kitchen would be designed for the drying, canning and other processing of flowers, food and animals. If anyone has something like this and hope to move to a smaller house in the future, contact me since we have 2 acres that we are turning into a cornucopia of goodies to eat and the house is just the right size for living. Good neighbors and fine walking roads. We collect cans and get some extra money that way. We would be looking to start anew in about 5 years or so. Meanwhile we dream.

cyndi green_1
4/14/2010 6:00:59 PM

A dream "self sufficient" homestead/farm according to Cyndi Green: Built within the near core of a hillside, only a sleeping area and a room large enough to serve as a living area. Heated by wood, and lit up by the curtesy of self constructed solar panels which are strategically placed so as not to disturb the surrounding landscape; wouldn't need cooling because of the earthen temperatures ranging from 45 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. A composting toilet and animal dung used to created manure soup for a hydroponic farm to prevent soil erosion. Water brought in from a neighboring stream/river and rain collected into a cistern. A simple flock of chickens and various wild game for sustenance. Finally the pièce de résistance, working from home by teaching hands-on ethno-botany courses and "civilized" survival camps. So much to share so few that care :/

george rowe_3
4/14/2010 5:28:22 PM

We Did It! We are one of the lucky ones. We bought 11 acres in the Tennessee mountains about 15 years ago. Ten years ago, I took a year off and built our house. A loghouse built from white pine 6 x 10s cut by a local saw mill. The house is 28' by 42' with a half basement and a half loft. We also have a guest cabin and sheds and barns of various sizes. We keep goats, chickens and an asssortment of other animals. I do construction and am 70 now. My wife is an accountant and plans on retiring next year. Good fortune has done us right!

the dream builder
4/14/2010 4:18:40 PM

My idea of a dream homestead is what I am working on. I fell and became disabled working for a man 6 years ago this past Jan. and he agreed to allow me to live in a house I had just remodeled on 60 plus acres of land until I got back on my feet. There is a 20 + acre field that tobacco used to be grown on plus the 4 acres the house is on and about 38 acres of woods that no logger will fool with, yet it has some oak trees better that 5' wide and many other good trees on it. So far I have built my health back up somewhat, have a saw mill I buil;d that will run with gas poured into the carb, and just needs a new $162 carb to start cutting wood with. I have built three 10 x 10 chicken tractors using 1/2" elect. conduit and chicken wire with a tarp on top that has closeto 100 chickens between them. I have a 2' x 16 foot rabbit cage, and 2 of the 2' x 4' that has 24 rabbits in them. As soon as they begin to get into the green instead of the red I will buy two goats and they will clear out an electric fence line for pigs and after they start really making a profit I will start buying the bottom land everyone knows isn't worth anything, LOL. It is about 4 miles to the river and all I need to do is buy the land one plot at a time. Now that is my dream. Plus a log home and water wheel for our electricity in the middle of the 4 to 5 sq. miles. Then I will sleep good.

4/14/2010 2:53:24 PM

We are currently planning our dream. We have been looking for the perfect property, about three acres, for our new house built from straw bales and old barn timbers. Our architect Sigi Koko (www.buildnaturally.com) specializes in natural homes with passive solar heat and solar electric, hot water etc. Our home will be small but plenty big for my wife and I. We will have a garden for a good portion of our food as well as chickens for eggs and meat. Our homestead will include a barn/garage that will house a wood shop for me to tinker. We'll harvest rain water into a cistern for use in the house and gardens while also using a composting toilet for waste and grey water. The entire homestead will be built with efficiency in mind and if all done correctly will cost us very little from the utility side of things. No better way to enjoy a retirement!

4/14/2010 2:23:57 PM

Last fall we were very blessed to move into a newer country home with 5 acres in western NY. My husband built a garage, and this year we will add a small chicken coop and dairy goat barn for the animals I can hardly wait to purchase! I'm also getting ready to put in a raised bed organic garden (made with free straw bales), and eventually we will plant some cherry and peach trees. DH's other project is to put up the small windmill which he purchased used, and possibly build some solar panels. God is SO good!!! ;-)

4/14/2010 1:55:14 PM

We may not have our dream yet (being enough land to grow feed for our animals and also for us), but we are working toward it. We are successful urban homesteaders, living on 1/2acre, which contains chickens, guineas, goats, and a dog. We will be adding tilapia this year, and rabbits next. We grow enough food to provide much of our needs and also pull in an income of around $200 a summer. We are raising nigerian dwarf goats for milk, and using grassy parts of the yard for hay. We also have a home-built in-ground pool for recreation, and plans to add solar panels on the roof when it's time to repair it. All in all, we are content, but would be much happier if we could get our home paid for and have a few more acres of land. One thing I know is that if we ever do get our "dream home" we will appreciate it all the more for the hard work that went into getting there!

linda a
4/14/2010 1:07:58 PM

We are living in our dream homestead. We have 2 acres in the carolina mountains on a bold stream that we built our long time dreamed about log cabin on. We have a fairly large garden that we can for the winter from. My husband hunts deer, rabbit, turkey and we have trout fishing available in the area. Be patient and your dreams will come true with hard work and a plan. We did it, any body can. Still planning on hydro power, solar and wind power. The home is very efficient which was our plan. Our electric bills are only 60 dollars a month no matter what. We have radiant heat and wood heat. Still have plans to build our own trout pond.

4/14/2010 12:58:16 PM

I am living my dream come true on 20 acres off the grid within the west central mountains of Montana ! It all began with a tent for a home,then a 28 foot self contained old travel trailer.For seven years this home was built little by little,with some new and some reused wood,etc.We now have not only our home up on this mountain top,but a huge storage shed,generator shed,chicken coop,and a large garden.All done with our own hands and abilities! It has been alot of hard work,but it is almost complete and hopefully after next year we will be able to look out our window across the other mountain tops and say---This is ALL OURS!We still have to cut rough cut lumber for board and batten siding.We haul all our water,cannot afford to put a well in even if possible up here.Have a generator for when our solar is not able to work too well due to cloudy days and just put up a wind generator. We have Buff Orphington hens,four new ones to add to the flock soon that I am raising inside our home at this time,and a little Bronze turkey. This summer we are going to embark on something we have never done before and that's building a 32'x32' log cabin down on our lower 10 acres.Back in 2006 there was a forest fire in this area,thankfully didn't get our home,and the man who owns the adjoining 40 acres has given me all of his still standing flash burnt trees to build with.Dreams DO come true !!!!!

rich taber
4/14/2010 10:33:08 AM

I live on a 165 acre former old hilly dairy farm in Central New York State, in a very rural area. It has about 100 acres of woods, about 20 acres of pasture, and about 40 acres of hayland that I rotationally graze beef cattle on. There are no ponds on the property and that is about the only thing I could would want to add. I have been fortunate because over the years I have never paid much more in property taxes than people do for a house in the suburbs. I have an old farmhouse, an old dairy barn, and a newer pole barn. I can have all the animals that I want, space to grow whatever I want, and I can hunt, hike, cut wood and timber, and do lots of things that many people pay to go other places to do. It is a brutal and long winter climate, but I moved here many years ago from Eastern Connecticut which had a wet coastal winter climate. If you're gonna have winter, may as well have the snow to enjoy it.

beth beatrice
3/10/2010 8:19:28 AM

Our dream homestead would be on about 150 acres of woods and pasture, with a large garden, a workshop for my husband, and a comfortable home where children and grandchildren could gather. There would be access to a lake for recreation, too. The kitchen and hearth would be the center of our home. We would love to have a couple of cows and goats for raw milk and cheesemaking, a few heads of cattle for beef and some chickens for eggs and for eating, too. My boys want to play paintball in the woods. We'd really like to tap maple trees for syrup, too. Our problem is that we can't decide where in the USA we'd like to have this homestead. My children all like to ski and snowboard, so it might be nice to be near to skiing. Finally, we have a lot of debt after some job losses and some job disappointments, so we are praying for a miracle to make this dream a reality. St. Isadore, pray for us.

frank mcvitty_1
2/13/2010 9:28:07 PM

I'd like about 25 acres in the Carolina foothills. Must have free flowing water for year round power generation (I'd also use solar). I'd fix up one of those abandoned 60's era trailers (outhouse no prob), have a barn which would also collect water for cistern. Small pond stocked with fish but also big enough to swim in, some chickens, kunekune pigs (eats grass), dexter cows, and a garden just big enough to feed me during the summer and put up for the winter. About an 1 to 1 1/2 hour from big city to run into from time to time would be great. I'd do it tomorrow but the wife aint buyin' in!

10/24/2009 8:04:30 AM

I would want 2-300 acres here in middle, south Texas. My house would be about 2000 square feet with a single level and a walk around porch. A water catchment for the roof as well as much solar panels that can fit on the roof. I would put 3 or 4 2-5 kw wind turbines in the field. For stock I would raise spanish goats. 50-60 of them for meat sale. I would have 5-6 acres under cultivation for farmers market sale plus one or two for us. A small flock of free range chickens and guineas. Maybe one or two steers for eating. Of course I have yet to hit the lottery yet so it remains a dream. Even then with all the government regulation on growing produce and raising livestock it would be impossible. Ken Lowder

maine blueberries
10/20/2009 4:05:44 PM

My home is on 30 acres of blueberry barrens and less than 2 miles from the beautiful coast of Maine. It is a super insulated, passive solar, hand cut timberframe. I am just as snug as can be with the woodstove and passive solar, as it does not take much to keep my little house toasty! I am off grid with a wind turbine and solar panels for power. No plywood or press board to taint the air either! There is a spring and two wells with tasty water. Did I mention blueberries?? And 240° view as far as the eye can see and the stars at night... Perfect... But I have to move closer to where I work. sigh...

urban survival podcast_4
10/17/2009 6:42:21 PM

Well, I think we all have ideas/hopes/dreams of moving out on 160 picturesque acres and building a rural homestead. Unfortunately that is just an a reachable goal for many of us, so I think that an urban homestead is probably my dream homestead, a place where we can live self-sufficiently, sustainably, and as socially responsibally as possible. You can hear more about it on my podcast, www.UrbanSurvivalPodcast.com. The Urban Survival Podcast www.urbansurvivalpodcast.com Now featured on iTunes.

10/17/2009 5:21:30 PM

My homestead 500 acres of wooded and grassy field. My Home is 10,000 square feet on 3 levels The fireplace is central to the home and the rooms are around it. I have heritage variety livestock and practice koser slaughter. I have an herb and vegetable garden. I have fruit trees and berry bushes. I have grapevines. A river provides my hydro power as well as my irrigation. Life is good

10/17/2009 3:03:45 PM

We are retired, and have a 70 acres of woodlot and pasture as well as several more acres of garden space, on a lake and a creek. There's an old house (well-insulated) and lots of good outbuildings including a wired shop. Our climate is good except for about 3 months when we go to Mexico or Turkey. The only problem is that we'd like to have some farm animals and what to do with the dog? Pretty cool problems compared to living in town and working for the man.

joyce stratton_2
10/16/2009 4:18:42 PM

160 acres of which 100 are hardwoods,walnut,hicory and sugar maple trees where morels grow abundantly. A home which is earth covered with a huge kitchen-dining-living area built on to the front of it with a large covered porch running the length of that. There wood be beef cattle, pigs, chickens and two jersey milk cows. I would also have a grape arbor, different orchards and blackberries in abundance. There would be an acre lake filled with fish and at least two ponds for the livestock. I would have a beautiful stream running year round and a very deep-well that was spring-fed. Lastly, I would have a perfect heart and perfect health in this Eden on Earth Farm.

russell meyers
10/16/2009 11:01:11 AM

I've been largely a nomad most of my life. I can count 30 places I have lived long enough to change my address. Can't count how many places I lived for shorter periods. Recently bought a house in Albuquerque. Not my first choice but my young daughter is here, so here I remain. Everything happens for a reason. I'm in the process of making my home my dream homestead. I've built a garden. I'm taking energy saving steps but some are further down the road, like adding solar panels, wind generators, a large covered patio, a waterfall and a pond. Right now, I'm building a greenhouse. If I dreamed of anything different, the house would be a bit larger by maybe 500 sq ft, mostly for storage. I have about 1/3 acre now but more would be nice for gardening and related purposes, a horse for my daughter and a chicken coop. And it would have natural running water. Though I have been in my house for only six months, I am experimenting with ways to turn the desert greener. Finding some insight and success and plan on acting on it in large scale in the next 12 years, until my daughter grows up. Then I think I may move back to the Texas Hill Country.

tom fafard
10/16/2009 10:08:56 AM

A long time ago in TMEN #2, I began a dream of being able to live a sustainable life. Times have changed a lot since then. But my dream never has. I want to be able to produce a substantial portion of my food. I want the ability to experiment with different types of alternate energy. But most of all I want to get up and know that whatever I choose to do that day is dictated by my choices not government. TMEN #2 showed that it does not take a lot of land if you properly plan it out. In my mind 3-5 acres would probably suffice for me. Plenty of good water, a gentle breeze, four (not overly harsh) seasons, and you have me in heaven.

pam smyth
10/15/2009 7:55:42 PM

I dream about it all the time! about 80 rolling acres, some woods, some pasture and fields for hay. A nice big barn with room for all my animals. I would have 6-8 milk goats(I have 6 now, on one acre)a few icelandic sheep so I could milk them and spin. A few old spot hogs, a nice mixed flock of laying hens and ducks, maybe 20 or so, (I have 8 now) some royal palm turkeys! a horse, a couple beef steers.A nice big organic garden,a mix of fruit trees and bramble fruits for pies jam and wine. Some big maple trees for maple syrup. I have to have my honey bees of course, I don't go anywhere without them. A nice pond or stream, for fishing.A small house, with a summer kitchen and sauna (I am of finnish descent, we need to sauna!) and a big front porch that I can sit on in the summer and watch the baby goaties jump around...that would be heaven for me.

10/15/2009 2:53:19 PM

My homestead 500 acres of wooded and grassy field. My Home is 10,000 square feet on 3 levels The fireplace is central to the home and the rooms are around it. I have heritage variety livestock and practice koser slaughter. I have an herb and vegetable garden. I have fruit trees and berry bushes. I have grapevines. A river provides my hydro power as well as my irrigation. Life is good

10/15/2009 10:47:23 AM

My dream homestead is (will be) located in a temperate area with plenty of rainfall. My home is mostly off the grid (passive and active solar and wind turbine), with a rain catchment system for water and a well or spring to back it up. My house is of natural materials, maybe straw bale, and reclaimed materials (as little "new" as possible). I have a deep soaking tub(maybe not super 'green' but I really want one!) as well as a shower, hard surface floors, and wood heating. My kitchen is large and well-equipped for cooking and preserving, and accommodates several cooks at once. It is important to me to have access to the internet for my business (teaching and writing about sustainable living and healthy eating habits). I have chickens, goats, and at least one milk cow. My garden is large enough to feed me year round with extra to share and sell at the local farmers' market. An orchard of fruit trees (apple, pear, plum, peach, at the minimum) provides me with fresh fruit and jams. Others live with me in an intentional community, and we all work together to maintain the homestead. Their presence allows me to travel to teach and do research for my books. Mostly the homestead pays for itself, and my business covers the rest. This is the homestead I dream of and intend to have.

roy fritz
10/14/2009 9:56:04 PM

I have close to what I want it is just retiring there is the problem. Mountianous Timbered 60a 3bdr 1800 sq ft house creek 20 ft in front of house that runs year round. Cool summers cold winters. good hunting, 2 miles from fishing, deer (whitail and muley), elk, bear, grouse, and some turkeys, eagles that hunt the valley every couple of days. During the summer the flowers change color every couple of weeks. At night you can see the stars and in the morning, It doesn't get any better to me than sitting outside watching the day start around you with a hot cup of coffee and maybe an early morning fire to chase the frost away. The snow is around 24 inchs during the winter I heat with wood and cook with wood. At night you can hear the creek talking as it flows over the rocks. I have 6 trees 2 plum 4 apple next year there will be a couple of nut trees. Small 1/2 a. garden area, no close nieghbors, maybe 3/4 of a mile away when they are there, no cell phone reception, no TV, 2 radio stations, very little traffic if any. 56 miles to town. No lights to see just stars at night. A little solar and a micro hydro system for power. 823 days and counting

10/14/2009 7:52:35 PM

I hope to someday have 10 acres of land, live in an earthen home or cabin. Wood heat, solar panels, rain catchment. Natural pool (water supplied by my gray water, filtered by the plants) Raised vegetable garden. Chickens and goats. out house (composting). I am constantly thinking of this...it's my day-dream home.

10/14/2009 7:46:41 PM

I would have only ten acres. A small, earth-sheltered house with a woodstove and attached greenhouse. It would rain every 3-4 days to water everything for me. 5 acres would be wooded and available to heat my house. 3 acres would be pasture for my cow. I will move my chickens around in a eggmobile like joel saladin. I will have one acre for a garden and one for my house and a barn. I would have grapes on fences surrounding the garden and have grape juice with every meal. Strawberries and raspberries would produce for months and provide jam and fresh fruit. Maybe a quarter or half the garden would be wheat so I can have fresh bread every day. Bees to provide honey and pollenate my garden full of vegetables for nice soups and salads. Weeds would have a hard time growing there. That would be the place.

peg mahaffy
10/14/2009 5:25:30 PM

We have 20 acres and a hill facing south will be the site of our earthwood - house Earth Bermed to the North and the south is facing the pond. I have 10 banties but want some Aracunas and orpington's and a milk goat. I also want a donkey . We already heat with wood because the property is 90% woods. And where we live now we can use it as a wood lot. I know we have about 10 years left to do our homesteading - before we run out of life :-) We belong to Bioneers and they have awesome ideas and people to give advice on all sorts of stuff. We want to be off the grid and I think we can manage it with a generator and the passive solar . We want a living roof and some how keep the deer and the squirrels from eating everything we plant :-) maybe we should turn back into meat eaters:-) We will be close to our kids and grandchildren and have a place where they can cross country ski and walk. We are going to start building next Spring ... we do all thework ourselves so it will take a little longer than most people. 40 years ago we moved a lot faster :-)

jim johnson_1
10/14/2009 3:58:32 PM

We have 8 acres about a 1/2 acre of garden, 6 raised beds, 12' x 30' hot house, 28 laying hens, raspberries, blueberries, currants, high bush cranberries, 4 apple, 2 plum and 2 pear trees we also raise butcher chickens, hogs and next year 6 - 8 butcher lambs, being a retired custom kill butcher I do all our processing, sausage making, curing and smoking A small Massey Ferguson tractor takes care of a lot of choirs around the place, I have a large wood shop and Wood Mizar sawmill, I bought the mill when I built the house and it has more then paid for it self in material savings for the house now it gives me wood for all my other building projects plus I do a little custom sawing, that pays for the mill maintenance, blades, gas, ect. The way I look at things is that they have to help pay for them selves, we raise enough produce to do a little farmers market selling, that pays for all the seed and upgrades to the garden, this year we were able to put in an automatic irrigation system for the whole garden. The laying hens do the same thing, we sell what we don't need and at close to 2 dozen a day we sell a bunch, they pay for all the feed and about 1/2 of our property tax, we raise 100 butcher chicken keep 50 sell 50 the 50 we sell more then covers the expenses of the 100, same with hogs raise 6 keep 2 sell 4 Lots of work? you bet but oh so worth it,

10/14/2009 3:28:38 PM

I would like a small home with wood heat, equipped with a solar water heater, clean well water, a rainwater collection system and include the concept of passive solar lighting in every room. If codes allow, my kitchen/bathrooms/laundry room will be in close proximity of each other in order to reduce the amount of piping needing protection from the winter cold. I will need a walk-in pantry and a big country kitchen. I want a big covered porch with a porch swing, facing south overlooking a rolling pasture for my range-fed beef, goats and sheep. There must be a view of vast, open land from the porch on my homestead. It will have an enclosed breezeway from our home to the garage/shop so my husband has plenty of room for his equipment. Possibly over the shop would be a second living space. There will be a greenhouse for winter gardening and a small barn/henhouse (I will have chickens). We will grow two of each: Walnuts, hazelnuts, chestnuts, sweet apples/cooking apples, pears and cherries. I will grow a modest garden as I hope there will be other homesteaders willing to barter their goods with us. I would hope for enough land to be dividable amongst my three adult children so they could also live the dream of self reliance in our homestead.

10/14/2009 3:26:24 PM

Don't know where in the USA my dream homestead would be -- but it would always have NICE weather! LOL!

brenda ceaser_2
10/14/2009 3:19:39 PM

The Gulf Islands between the British Columbia (Canada) mainland and Vancouver Island are the most beautiful and peaceful places in the world to us. We have spent as many vacations there as we have been able, and we keep "trying on" each island to see how they fit! Our homestead will be on one of these rain-blessed and mild temperate zone isles. Close to the ocean's bounty of fish, oysters and seaweed, our five acres will have a stream for running a small flour mill and possibly to run a saw for our sustainably harvested lumber. We will have walnut and hazelnut trees, and also some broadleaf maple to try our hand at tapping. The natural pond will be stocked with edible fish, and the clay from the pond will be used to build a cob oven, and possibly a cob wall for part of the raised-bed vegetable garden with a large greenhouse nearby. One half acre or so will be planted in grains. The remainder of the cleared land will be separated with proper hedgerows to attract pollinators. The top bar bee hives will be nestled among our fruit trees; cherry, pear, heritage apple, peach and fig. At first, we will have chickens and one or two goats. Later, we will add a Jersey cow to our menagerie, as well as a sturdy horse that is capable of pulling a cart or buggy. Our house will be built above a cistern that uses rain water from the roof to supply our needs. We will also have a natural spring or drilled well for drinking water.

kristie westberg_8
10/14/2009 11:59:56 AM

I am trying to have what I want as fast as I can. My husband built us a barn, a beautiful chicken coop, a big greenhouse, and fenced off an area for a goat and a cow. Next is building a simple spacious home. We also want to build an outdoor stone oven for making pizzas and breads.

10/13/2009 11:21:59 AM

Somewhere in the central Appalachians, there are about 30 acres on the south-southeast side of a big ol' hill. It's about 1/2 to 2/3 wooded, and that's good, because I don't dare to fantasize about owning the mineral rights and I'm going to heat with wood. There are deer and squirrels and I can burn a great deal of deadfall. There is a strong potable spring, enough to water us and feed enough of a pond for me to farm bluegill et cetera. The bottom of the hill is clear and gently sloping. The house-- as small a one as I can get away with, built from native materials (stone, straw-bale, or log) is up near the tree line, where I can have a gravity-fed line coming in from the spring. There's a bright east window and a big old cookstove in the kitchen area. There's a little woodstove in the living area. There are chickens in the yard and a couple goats in the pasture. There's a rabbit hutch off the barn, which is long and low and at a right angle to the house. There's a massive grape arbor. Down the bottom there are apple trees, cherry trees, and a big ol' vegetable garden. And one maple tree that I put there just so I can see it out the kitchen window in the fall dawnlight. There are children in the yard, and a shepherd mix bitch. My family is close, and the rest of the world is far, far away. That most of all. I gotta go get a hankie.

dominic ebacher
10/13/2009 9:48:45 AM

TWnety acres on a hillside with good southern exposure and a meandering year-round stream for hydropower. Good dirt so the grass will grow, and good rain so the trees will. Enough older trees to provide shade and build a timber frame home, and enough younger trees that more will be possible in the future. Good pasture for a few goats and a cow, enough grass to free-range chickens and pigs get some mast from the forest. Little children playing in the backyard and a big beautiful workshop for little tinkering projects. That's home.

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