It offers numerous benefits including a rewarding lifestyle, but before you get start rural homesteading you need to answer five questions.
Before you get started there are five questions you need to answer.
1. Space. Rural homesteading doesn’t have to take up much space. Many urban homesteaders garden on their patio, roof or in a small back yard. Take a look around you and evaluate how much space you have. Do you have enough room for what you want to grow?
2. Are animals allowed? If you’re interested in raising or keeping animals, it’s important to check your local zoning and ordinances first, unless you don’t have to. Some rural communities don’t allow livestock to be kept. And some cities restrict the number or type of animal that you can keep. Even if you’re only interested in beekeeping, it’s important.
3. Sustainability and systems. How will you make the most of your resources? For example, you might install a rain barrel to collect water for your garden. Can you use lumber and items you already have to build container gardens or a chicken coop?
4. What will you grow? The best advice is to grow what you eat. Make a list of the produce you buy most often at the supermarket. Cross off the items that don’t grow well in your area and review the list. Prioritize the list according to your available space.
5. Start small. There’s no need to run out and buy a hundred acres. You can start small with a few containers or a backyard garden. You can start a small bee colony or get a few chickens. Think about where you want to start and how quickly you want to grow your rural homesteading lifestyle. Think about what’s important to you, and what you can reasonably manage.
Starting rural homesteading is a fun and exciting project.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed, particularly if you’re working with a small space.
Next time, we’ll take a look at urban homesteading, and offer tips and ideas for bringing rural homesteading into your neighborhood.