This is Part 5 in a 5 weeks series called "How We Homestead" hosted by Staci at Life at Cobble Hill Farm. You can find the other parts of the series here. Be sure to visit the other lovely women, linked to at the bottom of this post.
|Oh how I wish this was our view!|
Today, we are finishing up the How We Homestead Series! Today's topic is Looking Into the Future - where we hope to be in 10 years and changes we'd like to make.
Our ultimate goal is to have a chunk of land (I'm thinking 5 or more acres if we can) where we can raise our children "in the country", have animals, and grow as much of our food as possible. We like the idea of being as dependent on ourselves as possible, but are realistic in knowing that we probably can't sever the ties completely.
To be specific, I would love to have chickens for eggs and meat, and goats for milk and meat. (I would love a cow for milk, but I think that might be more milk than we need.) I would like to have some kind of fiber animal, be it rabbit, sheep, or alpaca/llama.
We'd like to have a stock pond for fish, and a water source for ducks. Oh the plans we have....
I like the idea of solar and/or wind energy to get us off the grid and providing for our own energy needs.
We'd also like to have enough land to just play on for hiking and exploring and maybe even camping out in the back. Perhaps a wood lot as well for firewood.
I'd love to have our piece of land by the time the boys turn 10 - which is in just 4 years so we might not make it. Land around here is painfully expensive, and Ben wants to still be close-ish to a hospital in case of emergencies, so unless we get really lucky on price it might take awhile.
We've also gone back and forth on buying raw land and building, or buying land with a house already on it, which I think is what we're leaning toward for ease of finances.
I like to dream about all we could do on such a piece of land. And having the wide open spaces to breath and run and play.
But until then, I'm hoping to at least add some kind of food and/or fiber producing animal to our Little Homestead here in suburbia.
Thank you so much to Staci and the other wonderful women who have participated in this series. I have had so much fun, and it's been a great way for me to get back on track. I've also loved learning about everyone else and making new friends. And I'm a little sad it's over now. :)
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Visit the other women of the How We Homestead series:
Staci from Life At Cobble Hill Farm