The Plan

June 03, 2013

Welcome to our dream and how we plan to accomplish it! I thought I would take some time to fill what our actual plan is, and to give you a little details on how we plan to accomplish our goals towards our self-sufficient off-grid minimalist tiny homestead (boy, that's a mouthful!). This post will be ever changing meaning once we have accomplished something, it will be checked off!

Our goal is to buy a piece of land completely debt free and build a small home and start homesteading. We want to 'live off the land' or become as self reliant as we can. And although this seem extreme, we are rustic minimalists and don't require much to feel fulfilled in our lives.

Before purchasing the land, we have become discouraged because life happens, and seems to keep happening. Between job loss, family illnesses, deaths in the family and car trouble, we have had much difficulty diving in and looking for the ideal land to purchase. But we aren't sitting on our hands!We are using this time to build an urban homestead, gather woodworking skills, grow our own food as beginner gardeners, learning to save money in peculiar ways so when we are ready to make the move, financially and mentally, we won't fall on our face in failure.

We are also taking time to build our essential oil business and are spending time and exploring with our young children!

Here are a few things we have done already:

✔ Sell our second car and learn to live with one car! {Easier than you think!}
✔ Pay off our car! {That felt amazing!}
✔ Downsize to a smaller living space! We moved from a 1300 square foot town home to a 700 square foot (approx) rental, leaving us with very little to put in our tiny house.
✔ Switching to, or making our own, biodegradable products like body wash, shampoo, soaps, toothpaste, cleaners and laundry soaps because we are going to have a grey-water system and chemically filled products are a no no.
✔ Learn to live without a second car, satellite or cable, a brand new fancy car and three different kinds of blenders. We want to live off the land and make enough money from it, eventually we will not have to seek outside employment, so not having these items help us lower our power consumption and to live with out excess, the simple life!
✔ Learn to make the staples we need like bread, bagels, mayo, yogurt and more!
✔ Learn to cook with cast iron so we are able to cook on the wood stove or outdoor grill because we won't have a conventional, energy consuming stove.
✔ Master handicrafts such as sewing, and crocheting to earn income and to help clothe the children. Why? I want to have something to do on stormy winter days and it is an excellent way to earn a little cash from our homestead!
✔ Build and care for a compost pile!
✔ Grow some of our own food to get a good feel of vegetable gardening.
✔ Preserve that food, canning our own sauces, vegetables, pickles and jams.

Once the land is purchased:

  • Bathroom and indoor composting toilet!
  • Build our eco-friendly, classy and welcoming outhouse with recycled and salvage materials, add a small rain-catchment system for hand-washing.
  • Start a building our 16'x20' cabin! We immediately want to start collecting rainwater for bathing, we haven't agreed which should go up first, but if we have collected enough materials, we will begin framing and roofing the house to harvest water.
  • Harvesting water is right up there, in terms of "need" with building an outhouse!
  • Clearing the land and any brush and make way for buildings ie. greenhouse, chicken coop, tiny house, sheds.
  • Amend the soil, tilling, black tarp, whatever is necessary to start to grow in a garden!
  • Create a compost pile.

Our other goals for the homestead include :

  • Rain Harvesting & Filtering our DIY system for our drinking and showering water and...
  • Grey-water system do-it-yourself installation that will take water, used harvested rain water, shower and sink waste outside to be "cleaned" in reed beds for use in the garden and duck pond.
  • Building a greenhouse and cold frames to grow as much of our own food as possible while using our grey-water.
  • Solar power system installation to power our home and remain off-grid.
  • Finishing the Interior of our home with reclaimed materials, this will most likely happen throughout the winter when we have first moved in.
  • Raising Animals for food including chickens and ducks.
  • Start earning money from our homestead which you can read more about here.

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