In order to live on a completely self sufficient homestead you have to have skills as well as resources and those skills normally take time to learn.
The good news is, you can learn them a little at a time and the progress from being completely dependent on the grid to becoming self sufficient is possible.
As for the resources, that depends on how savvy you are.
Some things are easy to trade for, work for and then there are other items you either have to make or buy.
Start By Deciding How Self Sufficient You Wish To Be
The degree of self sufficiency you achieve is up to you.
You can choose to be completely self sufficient and live off the grid or you can choose to be self sufficient in just the areas that matter the most to you.
By choosing what you will do for yourself it is possible for anyone, from someone who lives in an apartment to someone who is disabled, to learn how to be at least partially self sufficient.
That is not to say that someone with a disability or someone who lives in an apartment cannot make the changes needed to be completely self sufficient, because they can, depending on what they are willing to do to achieve their goal.
For example, someone who lives in an apartment could save up enough money to buy their own homestead, just like someone who is disabled might have friends or family who are willing to help them achieve their goal of being self sufficient.
Another option is to hire the help they need or even barter for it.
Many people are looking to live on a homestead and help someone else while they save up money to be able to buy their own homestead.
What You Need To Accomplish To Live On A Completely Self Sufficient Homestead
In order to live on a completely self sufficient homestead you need to learn how to do everything yourself without relying on the grid for anything.
This means you must find a way to make money using a skill you have because let’s face it, money is necessary to buy the things you cannot grow or make yourself, such as toilet paper.
You must also learn how to grow your own food and raise animals for meat, eggs and milk.
Another option is to hunt for the meat you eat and forage for wild food.
However having your own garden as well as a few chickens and goats is a much wiser decision than relying on nature to provide all of your needs.
Make A Plan On How To Go From Where You Are Now To A Self Sufficient Homestead
Finally you need a plan!
Let’s break that down, because a plan can sound scary!
Figuring out how to make a plan can even be over whelming for some people!
However when you consider what a plan is, which is simply a goal and the way you are going to accomplish that goal, creating that plan becomes easier.
Start with one goal at a time and go from there so you don’t over whelm yourself or feel like your goal is too hard to accomplish.
Other Resources To Help You Start Living The Homestead Lifestyle
To help you, I have started a Facebook Group called Homesteading And Prepping – Living, Loving, Learning Self-Sufficiency!
You are all welcome to join!
There is also a FREE homesteading eCourse when you sign up for my weekly newsletter.
In addition to all of this, part of my goal to become more self-sufficient includes being part of a self reliance challenge.
My goals include saving money by doing things myself and growing more food.
I also intend to challenge myself to learn new skills, which is something I love doing and something we should all do.
I want to invite you to follow the Self Reliance Challenge Pinterest Board so you can see what all of the bloggers who are participating in this challenge are doing to increase their self sufficiency skills.
This is a great opportunity for you to learn a variety of skills, increase your confidence in your own abilities as well as help you become more self sufficient!
Some of the topics you will learn more about include:
- How to save money.
- How to save energy.
- How to prepare for emergencies.
- How to grow your own vegetables, fruits and herbs.
- How to cook healthy meals from scratch.
- How to create your own bath and body products.
- How to preserve the bounty.
- How to forage for wild edibles and medicinal plants.
- How to provide a healthy life for your family.
- How to raise animals for meat, eggs and dairy products.
- How to properly take care of your pets and livestock.
- Of course there will also be DIY and craft projects!
The following bloggers are participating in the self reliance challenge.
I hope you will visit their blogs.
- Lisa Lombardo – The New Homesteader’s Alamanac
- Lisa Lombardo – The Self Sufficient HomeAcre
- Kathi Rodgers – Oak Hill Homestead
- Nancy – Nancy On The Homefront
- Annie Lewellyn – 15 Acre Homestead
- Farmgal – Just another Day on the Farm
- Candy Kage – Candy’s Farm House Pantry
- Kristi Stone – Stone Family Farmstead
- Marla Gates – Organic 4 Greenlivings
- Heidi Villegas – Healing Harvest Homestead
- Victoria Moore – Modern Homestead Mama
- Shawna Lance – Homegrown Self Reliance
- Stephanie McManus Huston – Happily Homegrown
- Bethany Hayes – Family Growing Pains
- Dianne Dixon Hadorn – Hidden Springs Homestead
- Julie Murphree – The Farm Wife
- Lacey Hoyer – Home & Harrow
- Robin Follette – A Life in the Wild
I also have the following blog posts, broken down by topic, so all you have to go is choose a topic that you want to set as your goal and start on your journey to living on a completely self-sufficient homestead.
Here are the various topics.
How To Sensibly Start To Live The Off-Grid Survivalist Lifestyle
Learn how to sensibly start to live the off grid survivalist lifestyle you dream of and find out if it is the right choice for you before you make the move.Continue Reading
The Essential Guide To A Completely Self Sufficient Homestead
Learn how to start living on a completely self sufficient homestead today with this essential guide plus sign up for our FREE eCourse!Continue Reading
7 Ways To Start On The Path To A Self Sustaining Homestead
A self sustaining homestead is a lot of work but you do get a lot of satisfaction knowing you are living the self sufficient life you've dreamed of.Continue Reading
A Beginner's Guide To A Self Sufficient Homestead Plan
Making a self sufficient homestead plan is the first step to accomplishing your goal of living on a self sufficient homestead.Continue Reading
Living The Homestead Lifestyle
Embarking on the homestead lifestyle is not easy. This is why I love Homegrown and Handmade by Deborah Niemann. The homestead tips are great!Continue Reading
Weapons To Include In Your Homesteading Self Sufficiency Survival Kit
Learn what weapons - both lethal and non-lethal - to include in your homesteading self sufficiency survival kit. Also learn why you need to include them.Continue Reading
Mockmill Flour Grinding Mill Makes It Easy To Grind Your Own Grain
The Mockmill flour grinding mill quickly and easily turns wheat berries into flour that is perfect for making freshly baked bread.Continue Reading
How Much Land For A Homestead
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What Homestead Living Is Really Like
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The Ultimate Collection Of Green And Organic Living Tips
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Amazing Environmental House Cleaning Tools To Try Right Now
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Amazing Homemade Household Cleaner Recipes To Try Right Now
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Give Your Home A True Green Cleaning This Spring
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Tips For Cleaning And Organizing Your Home
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How To Start Cleaning And Organizing Your Kitchen
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Growing Food On A Self Sustaining Homestead
You will find numerous ideas for growing your own food in the Rural And Urban Gardening Ideas For Homesteaders blog post.
I also have a post on Food Security Preparedness – What To Do Before Disaster Strikes.
I also offer a FREE gardening basics eCourse when you sign up for my Exotic Gardening Newsletter.
In addition I have several books and eCourses on gardening available.
- 101 Organic Gardening Tips eBook
- Getting Started With Organic Gardening eCourse
- Edible And Useful Plants You Can Grow eCourse
- Preserving Herbs For Winter Use eCourse
Tips For Cooking On A Wood Stove
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How To Cook In Cast Iron Pans
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Benefits Of Using Cast Iron For Cooking
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Easy Cast Iron Dutch Oven London Broil Recipe
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My Easy One Pot Cast Iron Pot Roast Recipe
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Delicious Ribeye Steak Recipe Plus Campfire Meal Ideas
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The Ultimate Collection Of Best Ever Chicken Recipes
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Five 30 Minute Or Less Dinner Ideas For Tonight
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Delicious Dinner Ideas Your Family Is Sure To Love
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Easy Veggie Dinner Ideas
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Vegetarian Dinner Ideas
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Best Cast Iron Skillet Recipes
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Delicious Cast Iron Pot Recipes Your Family Will Love
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What Can You Cook In A Cast Iron Dutch Oven?
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Instant Pot Recipes
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Easy Wood Stove Recipe For A Grilled Cheese Sandwich
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How To Make Homemade Tomato Soup In A Dutch Oven
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Cast Iron Dutch Oven Garlicky Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
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Sauteed Pea Recipe With Basil, Parmesan And Sesame
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Bow Tie Pasta In A Creamy Sage Recipe Sauce
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Cast Iron Potatoes Au Gratin
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How To Make Bird Shaped Bread Tutorial
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Homemade Dinner Rolls Recipe Baked In A Wood Stove
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Gluten-Free Brownie Wood Stove Recipe
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Goat Milk Butter Recipe
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How To Make Your Own Seasoning
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Make Your Own C-Spice Seasoning Blend
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Honey Marinade For All Kinds Of Meat
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How To Make Homemade Vanilla Extract
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How To Make Stevia Extract At Home
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The Ultimate Guide To Keeping Chickens At Home
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How To Hatch Eggs In An Incubator
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My Experience With A Chicken Coop From A Box
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Homestead Chicken Coop Tips
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5 Tips For Keeping Chickens At Home
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6 Things You Need To Know Before Raising Backyard Chickens
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Raise Happy, Healthy Backyard Chickens With Purina® Organic Poultry Feed
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What Is The Best Method For Preserving Eggs? Find Out Now
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Goat Hoof Trimming Guide
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Goat Homemade Teat Dip Recipe
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Mastitis Udder Balm Essential Oil Salve Recipe
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Leader Accessories Big Game Hunter Cart
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Leader Accessories Compound Camo Bow Review
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The Ultimate List Of Home Canning Recipes
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Homemade Beef Stew Recipe For Canning
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Red Hot Apple Wedges Canning Recipe
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Cinnamon Chocolate Mint Fruit Cocktail Recipe
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How To Make Raspberry Vinegar
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Orange-Cranberry Vinegar And Marinade Recipe
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How To Make Homemade Ketchup
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How To Make Cajeta Goat Milk Caramel
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How To Make Homemade Honey
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How To Make Rose Petal Jelly
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How To Make Raisins In A Dehydrator
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How To Dehydrate Garlic Scapes
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How To Dehydrate Cherries
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How To Determine The Best Fruits And Vegetables To Store
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Save Time By Using Freeze-Ahead Sauces And Meals For Tonight
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Freezing Goats Meat
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How To Start Freezing Goat Milk
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What Is The Best Method For Preserving Eggs? Find Out Now
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Prepping And Survival Tips For The Homesteader
You can see all of the prepping and survival posts in The Ultimate Guide To Emergency Planning And Preparedness.
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