We are just getting started too. Spring will be busy around here!
Here are 3 books to get you started. I got these on Amazon for a good price.
The New Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency
The New Self-Sufficient Gardener
Country Wisdom & Know-How
sit down and really set up a plan and goals that you would like to achieve in x amount of time. Make a list of current season goals, next season goals and future goals.Start small or you will be overwhelmed! Make them achievable or you will get frusterated n down when or if you dont make your goals. Rather than just homesteading try and make it all sustainable as you go. It saves alot of time in the end.
we started with small gardens and chickens. As the gardens grew bigger over time we added goats. Eventually we added bunnies etc. Over the last 6 or 7 years we have gone from one small garden to a greenhouse and an acre and half of gardens and we are still expanding them. We have gone from growing maybe 5 % of our food into growing 90% or so. Dont go in over your head or bite off more than you can chew.
Ask questions as you progress or where you dont have a clue how to go about it. Thats what sites like this are for. People are more than willing to help out, folks just have to ask . Remember the best laid plans never go according to how you plan them. Things will screw up and break and interefere with how you go about them . The most important thing to remember is that you are making steps toward self sufficiency and that each step is an important piece of your journey.
As far as good starter books,
I would suggest back to basics by readers digest (basic but detailed for beginners). The encyclopedia of country living is another good book . It is written by carla emery. ( It is back to basics on steroids)
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.
Homesteading is really just trying to become as self-sufficient as you can. I really think homesteading is all about freedom. Anytime we are dependent upon others for our needs, we lose some freedom. Homesteading is about providing for our own needs.
I agree with all who have said to start slow.....work towards your goals. Do not always choose the simplest, easiest, or cheapest route. Stay as debt free as you can.
One of the best books I ever read on homesteading is called "The Owner Built Homestead". It is an older book that you would need to find on the used market. It really changed the way I looked at the homesteading mindset.
I am just now getting into the idea of homesteading. I am needing a good starting point, so as not to get overwhelmed too quickly. Where and how did you guys begin your process?
I dont know why my posts are not showing up. Really NOT cool. I have 14 days left before we move into our homestead. I am posting it all online at my website (maybe that is why they wont post my thread??) Yes I am paranoid. lol.. just google my name and you can go to my website. I was really hoping I could use this forum to share information.