At the end of August 2022, we moved our family of five (soon to be six) out of the city suburbs and out to a 16 acre homestead in the Ozarks. This thread is meant to help follow along with general progress as we build out our homestead, but I’ll create separate threads for things like building cabins and other specific changes we’re making.
A little background:
In 2021, we bought some raw land up in northern Washington state with the intention of getting up there with a trailer, digging a well, and then bootstrapping ourselves up from zero using our savings. But the economy started to take a nosedive, and we realized it wasn’t practical to start with 100% raw land at the time. If we waited too much longer, we’d be working with a deflated dollar and less of it to work with overall due to increasing expenses. That’s played out pretty much like I expected it to since I originally posted this on the old forums this past August.
Then, the clouds parted and the sun shone through to reveal a place for us:
This property sits on sixteen acres of heavily wooded white oak and red pine, with a creek that runs through the middle for part of the year.
We have new electric service, a brand new well, and gigabit internet. A perfect starting point to begin an (eventually) off-grid homestead, this is exactly what we’ve been looking for. We’ll own everything outright before our 8-year-old gets her first car, and we’ll halve our current expenses in the meantime. That doesn’t necessarily mean we’re making more money; it just means we don’t have to work so much.
This is something I’ve wanted to do since at least middle school. My heart has always been in the woods, and camping (as little as I’m able to do it) is always where I’ve felt most relaxed. Not because it’s a vacation, but because it’s nature. The lack of pings and alerts, cars going by, man-made noises I’m not a bird watcher or a gardener or anything like that; I just find peace in the outdoors, where I’m able to just… be alive.
I’m sure plenty of people can relate to that.
This is also something the wife and I have talked about since we’ve known each other (known her for 12 years, married for 10). Living a simple life, relying on our neighbors and ourselves, and raising our kids to be strong, competent people who know how to DO things We found the opportunity, and took the leap.
We sold most of our belongings, shipped other things to family in Texas and North Carolina, and loaded up the car, and set out on the morning of August 12th. We arrived on August 15th, and started the long process of settling in.