What To Do First To Turn A New Home Into A Homestead

The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 99 – July 19, 2018 – What To Do First To Turn A New Home Into A Homestead

In this podcast episode I answer a question from a listener about what I would suggest they do first at their soon to be new home to turn it into a functioning homestead.

Homestead Updates:


Drying herbs

Making more pickles

Making baby food

Question For Today’s Podcast Episode:

James asks: What would you suggest a person do first when buying a house? 

Details: I’m potentially about to buy a house with 1.6 acres, relatively flat with a few trees but lots of open space. I currently raise quail, have a garden, and an aquaponics system. I’d like to expand all three of those things plus get into farming part time with some pasture poultry and possibly some meat rabbits and quail eggs. Thanks for the show. 

My Response: I covered some of what I’m going to talk about here in more detail back in episode 93, “Laying Down A Strong Foundation For A New Homestead” Evaluation of your new homestead.

Education through reputable sources.

Emulating great examples of those who are doing what you want to do.

Establish the right infrastructure for your homestead.

Evolve gradually, because you won’t get everything right the first time.

Enjoy the journey as much as the destination.

Evaluating the layout for permanent infrastructure and trees.

The expansion of what James is already doing with quail, gardening and aquaponics.

Getting the pasture raised poultry operation started with chicken tractors.

Resources:FARM MARKETING SOLUTIONS – Stress Free Chicken Tractor Plans – https://farmmarketingsolutions.com/stress-free-chicken-tractor-plans/

Red Tool House – Ep 31: We review the Suscovich Chicken Tractor design

Jack Spirko Quail Aviary and Aquaponics Combo Build – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpHUZsnFSzdKOW2XfPTycLOKX9rLF7C4L

Pastured Poultry Profit$ Paperback by Joel Salatin – https://amzn.to/2LlY84d

You Can Farm: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Start & Succeed in a Farming Enterprise 1st Edition by Joel Salatin – https://amzn.to/2NtmKFA

The Homestead Life:

A segment where each episode I share something that’s better in my life because of homesteading.

Growing salad mix year round! I take this for granted and don’t consider how awesome this is most of the time because it is such a simple thing to do but my life is so much better because of this. Before I even had a greenhouse I grew a lettuce mix in my house in the winter under grow lights and grew a variety of sprouts but now that I have a greenhouse I grow a few lettuce varieties, spinach, kale and chard all year long. Having a few salads a week may not seem like a big deal but when you grow it yourself and understand the difference between that and store or restaurant purchased salad you realize how much better the homestead life is.


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