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How to Start Your Own Backyard Homestead

Homesteading with Backyard Garden and Chickens. Photo Cred:

The allure of homesteading, with its promise of self-sufficiency and a deeper connection to the land, is drawing more individuals towards this fulfilling way of life. If you've been dreaming of cultivating your own food, raising livestock, and embracing a simpler existence, this blog post serves as your compass on how to start a homestead. Let's sow the seeds of your homesteading journey!

Define Your Vision:

You need to start by clarifying your vision for the homestead. What are your goals? What does a homestead look like for you? How much space do you have? What part of my backyard gets the most sun?

Whether it's growing your own food or raising animals like chickens, having a clear vision and plan will guide your decisions and actions. 

Asses Your Resources:

Identify the resources you have such as land, time, skills, and money. The great thing about homesteading is you don't need a lot of space, but you do need a backyard. 

As for time, identify how much time you have to allocate to build out your homestead. You can get started now but it is something to sit down and think about.

The amazing thing about skills is that.. You can learn! That is part of the fun. There is an overwhelming amount of information out there that you can choose from. You can watch this video or read this article to get started.

What about your budget? How much do you need? The truth is, it doesn't take a lot to get started and it will take time to build out your homestead. Which leads me to my next point.

Start Small:

Begin your homesteading journey with manageable steps. Consider starting with a small vegetable garden and a couple laying hens with a small coop. Taking one step at a time and starting small allows you to learn and build skills without becoming overwhelmed.

Learn Essential Skills: 

As I said in point number 2, learn the skills. But don't get overwhelmed and try to learn all the skills at once. Take them step by step. Identify what skill you need first and focus on that. Here are a couple to get you started. 

1) Basic Carpentry: learn how to build a simple 2x2 raised bed or something a little more challenging like a small chicken coop.

2) Gardening: Learn what it takes to grow seeds like germination, location, and time of year.

Choose the Right Location: 

Selecting the right location is crucial for a successful homestead. Ensure that your property has access to sunlight and good soil.

If you would like to start raising chickens, you will want to identify where you will put the chicken coop/run. It will also be wise to check your local regulations.

Embrace Sustainability:

Incorporate sustainable practices into your homestead. Start thinking about a compost, rainwater harvesting, and energy efficient systems. Aim to create a system that minimizes waste and dependency and maximizes efficiency.


Embarking on the homesteading journey is a transformative experience, blending the practicality of self sufficiency with the joy of nurturing the land. By starting small, learning essential skills, and cultivating a vision that aligns with your values, you're laying the foundation for a fulfilling and sustainable homestead. May your homesteading adventure be bountiful and bring you closer to the rhythms of nature!