In today's episode we cover the top 5 pitfalls of homesteading/ sustainable living/ off grid living, and how to avoid them.
The 5 pitfalls (and their solutions) are:
1. No financial plan. Lots of folks like the idea of a sustainable homestead but are not prepared for the expense of it. Everything on the homestead has to be either bought or made, and that can get expensive. The way to avoid this pitfall is by having a financial plan. If you know how much you can spend on fencing, animal cages, vegetable seeds, fruit trees, and everything else you have to make or do then you won't go over budget.
2. The second pitfall is trying to do too much too fast. It is good to have a strong work ethic, but if you work yourself to death and there will be anyone left to build your homestead. The way to avoid this pitfall is to recognize your strengths and prioritize. If you have a spot that you want a orchard in, and you know you're not going to be building their, then plant some fruit trees. Don't plant or build things where you will need to take down or tear out in two years time.
3. The third pitfall is being shortsighted. Shortsightedness kind of falls under pitfall two. It's important to plan far into the future so you don't have to do any work twice or three times. Putting your plans down on paper helps in the long-range planning process.
4. The fourth pitfall is not thinking of your family when making plans. Your family is your support group, your free labor, your cheerleaders, and they need to be part of your long-range plans. Think of what your spouse wants to do with the homestead and how the children can be involved, or how you can house your brother while he gives you a free summer of labor.
5. The last pitfall is don't be a hoarder. It's important to reuse and recycle but it's very easy to pile up stuff for "just in case". This is where organization and proper planning come into play. It's also easier to work on the homestead if you're not fighting around piles of junk. When people come by to see what you're doing in this exciting work you don't want to put them off by having an unkempt or disorderly property.
A bonus pitfall I put on here is not being part of your community. When you leave your community out of your homestead plans you lose a great support group physically, emotionally, and financially.
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Chris Hodge is our Radio DJ here at Haven Homestead.