Originally Posted by Marlee_c
Where and how did you guys begin your process?
Like the others have advised, start slowly. Sit down and make a list of goals then try and make a timeline. Your goals and plans shouldn't be written in stone and they will change over time. Our's did and still are. We read ( and still do read) everything we can get our hands on. The Encyclopedia of Country Living is a great reference. Do what works for you, the experts are only experts for their particular situation. For us we concentrated on gardening first. The land we moved to has been in our family for a while and had been farmed conventionally so there was some revitalization we needed to do and are still doing. We put in several raised beds to tide us over until the land has been rejuvinated enough to produce well. Next we added laying hens housed in a "chicken tractor" so that we could move them as needed through the future garden areas. Then came goats for meat and to clear brush out of some areas that will the future orchard. We'll eventually add meat chicken (broilers), a dairy cow or two, rabbits, and pigs. That's our plan anyway. Hope this helps.