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We want to expand our garden. We want to explore solar and off-grid capability. We want to become more self-sufficient. But we are stuck! We share why we are stuck on a 1 acre homestead and are unable to move to a larger property.

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Guildbrook Farm | Simple Sustainable Living says:

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Mostly humble 1 says:

Life is temporary….  😉   Ecclesiastes 9: 7.  Puts things in perspective.

Dennis Rogles says:

I have 40 acres in the mountains of Arizona, east of Kingman at 4200 feet elevation. It is too remote for my wife. We are currently living in Missouri with plans to move next year. There is a cabin with solar and a gas heater but not much else; if you don't count the spectacular view and gorgeous sunsets practically every night. If you are interested, comment on this post. I will be in NC west of Ashville the first week of august 2017

Neil Z says:

Chin up, chest out, keep keen with your zen, and the next seven years will fly by!

Miss1989Lovely says:

Have you thought of trying indoor hydroponic/aquaponics?

marymonk says:

Try rabbits. Female rabbits can have a new litter every month. The feed is fairly inexpensive and they provide tons of cold manure. Manure and meat can be sold or used. They take up very little space and time. They are very quiet and are considered pets not farm animals. Just an idea we are doing now. It is working out well for us. We are working out of our back yard. It is all we have so we are making the best of it.

Cabriolette Homestead says:

Catch 22.  As homestead/independent people, you will find a solution.  My grandmother always said "Everything happens for a reason and you might not like what happens but its for a reason".  And as to the trees, we found some things like shade more, such as lettuce or mushrooms as some have commented.  That is part of the adventure, right?!  Ever want a vacation, Florida is here and we have floor space.

sailingsolar says:

It seems some of the issues you raised were were all present when you bought the property. For example, the really old trees were there before you bought your place. If I may suggest, it might be possible your making obstacles that don't really exist, are your own creation and/or only exist in your own head/s. Seven years is a long time to put your wishes to move out of the area. I had a boss/ business owner once who I learned a valuable bit of knowledge from. He was the last person I was ever employed by. When faced with what seemed like a insurmountable problem, he would always mumble "there is always a way" while trying to think of a solution and in his case he always one found. After parting ways and becoming self employed after him and when I found myself without out a solution with a working problem, I too would repeat "there is always a way" while trying to think of it. Believe it out not, I always will find a way and move forward. Never again was I halted from moving forward after learning that "fact" from him. Either find a way to sell and move on OR make what you have work for you until you can. There is a way, either you chose to go. I wish you the best.

Barbara K. says:

As a former banker I can help you with your "self employment status"; run all your income through your bank statements. When you do your tax returns, itemize every single dime you bring in (and yes pay for those darn taxes) for at least two years prior to your needing a loan or proof of income. Often times people will under disclose their income and when they need a loan, it looks like they live on a poverty level (not saying you do this). That is great for taxes but horrible for a bank that may need to loan you money. If you get paid cash for something, do not put it in your pocket, deposit it. Also, many of these banks can add a "description" to what you are putting in your account so it shows up on your statement. Use that is you can. Example: Sale of Eggs $10. I know this sounds like a lot of work, but it is worth it when you do need cash. Keep those bank statements to show your "cash flow" and save them on your computer. Hard copies are OK as well. You said you must live there for 7 more years, so 5 years into it, start accounting for every penny you earn. Hope this helps you.

Gaye Cook says:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IZwYwAQLq0 – would this help you at all, Brad put this up today I think. 🙂 x

Laura Blanton says:

I'm not a homesteader yet and may never be but relocating just isn't as practical as it once was for many people. I moved from GA to CO for work and love everything about living here except the cost of living. Land of any size is very expensive along the Front Range of the Rockies. Land is much more affordable in WY, NM, and ID, but you also trade convience for it. There really are positives and negatives in all locations. I appreciate everything you are able to do and share, even with the land limitations.

stephen bachofen says:

northern new mexico or west texas

Tammy Anderson Parker says:

Sadly my NW Arkansas private little rural lakeside neighborhood is growing too much he last several years too. Been here 23 years and love my view and at age 58 not going anywhere…Planting a private hedge tree screen soon tho. xoxo

Kanzee says:

Yeppers, it is happening everywhere…. Population is growing and land is getting less quantity and less nutrient rich in alot of places for homestead happiness.
Everything from water to food to gas is increasing exponentially.

0.2 % is native land ( reservation ) and the rest is private to Crown land in Canada. Being on Native Land (Reservation) is not all its cracked up to be, with the increased population and demand for more housing. We too had to move off reserve, as the homegrown gangs , sprouted up, all around our property… it is possible to make homesteading a dream, but it takes energy, time, and money… the question is, do you have enough of each prepped for survival and rebuilding ?

dmsone says:

You should get a green house and maybe some grow lights since you have electricity. Also maybe some raised beds to combat the rodents you mentioned in an earlier video. take care.

Olga Busch says:

I feel for you guys. I am also in the same situation it can be very frustrating at times. Thank you for sharing your story with us. May God Bless You and your family

Adam Pierce says:

I feel for you.

J Dee says:

The good news is your property value will go up and you can sell for more.

one step farm says:

There are many ways to live small and sustain. Ever think of starting in cortornix quail? In 5 weeks they lay eggs and 6 weeks fully ready for the freezer

Ann OToole says:

I don't know if any of you watch Off Grid with doug and Stacy but they are always saying Do what you can where you are at. And the point of that is that sometimes you do get stuck so you have to make the best of it. I can certainly feel your sadness that your home is not what it once was to you and I can empathize. You will get there when the time is right…we all know that all the planning in the world does not pan out 100% of the time.

Lee Nelson says:

I read many reply and its sad how critical some are all I can say is keep going and keep seeking and you will find it took 5 years to get what I wanted

Reverend Galileo says:

The reason you are stuck is the reason most people are stuck. It's the economy! Stagflation, inflation and an oppressive government are turning our country into a third world country. Most are in poverty. No one is moving, and people are out of gainful employment. U-hauls are going out of business. I am stuck, too. Better off to stay where you are as the shit is going to hit the fan and we all be in survival mode, LOL.

Carol Sloanes says:

Seven years ago you purchased an acre of land and probably hadn't anticipated any changes to your environment that have now transpired. it is plain to see how disappointed and despondent you have become, but there are a whole lot of worse places to live, crowded into apartment blocks, rooms in houses where whole families are forced to reside, sharing a kitchen and bathroom with stranger. Also homelessness is a massive problem, sleeping rough under the stars, why not forget growing vegetables and keeping livestock and use your space to bring people together and help other less fortunate people, all you need to be happy again is to change your mindset and your ambitions. Best Wishes.

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