Benjamin Franklin famously said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” This quote really sums up a couple of points I’d like to make. 1) Begin preparing for a difficult future now. 2) Come up with a game plan for how you are going to prepare.
If you haven’t already begun preparing for a difficult future, you need to start. The history of the world is full of hardships and just because we’ve had it good for a really long time, doesn’t mean it will always be that way. The hardships could be brought on by nature or acts of man but there’s a 100% possibility of things getting hard in the future. It might not be in the near future or even in our lifetimes but my family’s livelihood and security are not worth the risk of not preparing. If you haven’t started preparing then at least start thinking about it!
Our plan for preparing for the inevitable hard times is to become as self-sufficient as possible. The best way we figured we could do that is by homesteading.
The second point of this post is to briefly touch on our plan of attack to make this home our homestead. As we’ve said before, we are 100% new to this so mistakes are going to happen but we can minimize mistakes by proper planning. Our first step was to layout the land and how each piece of it will be utilized. For this, we relied heavily on some very close friends that were almost 100% self-sustaining on their own 5 acres.
We had our list of things that we’d like to have on the land so our friends could help us lay it all out in an efficient manner. With their help, we now have our land laid out.
Here’s the list of future land usage:
- Gardens – lots of them and with a variety of vegetation (vegetables, fruits, herbs)
- Orchard – 1/2 being dwarf trees and 1/2 normal trees (apple, peach, pear, cherry)
- Chickens – mostly for eggs (great source of protein and fat)
- Livestock – probably sheep and goats (don’t have enough land for cattle)
- Bees – honey is delicious and has great health benefits (bees also help pollinate trees and other vegetation)
One of the important things about a plan is that you have to be willing to make adjustments if it doesn’t worked out the way you envisioned. This is our current list but that might change as time goes on. We have the land laid out but that might change as we progress. Proverbs 16:9 says, “A man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.” We have a plan but God might direct our steps down a different path.
In any case, our plan is set and we are ready to get to work!