Brand New, How to Start?
We are first time home buyers, and I have ranch life roots (i.e. been around a family member's ranch, fed cows, helped cut them, had a few chickens in a house I rented).
The more I research the more I want to live an "urban sustainable lifestyle" or a homesteading lifestyle - up to a point. I am a stay-at-home father and a writer, and my time is quite divided, especially given that I am going at this alone (that is without the help of a spouse working the land with me).
I have 2.5 acres of Texas Hill Country land (lots of juniper, clay soil, scrub land). I intend to truck in some soil for a good sized garden, raise some chickens, do some dairy goat farming, and maybe some goats for grazing and some for wool maybe. Likely I will have a donkey or a llama for livestock protection. I definitely know I want to grow medicinal herbs like Echinacea and so on.
Past knowing what I just said I wanted, I don't know how to begin homesteading or incorporating my wants into a sustainable lifestyle. Of all the stuff I have come across your writing (from one writer to another) bears a certain gentleness that makes me inclined to ask you: what do I do, where do i start?
I don't know about buying livestock, for instance, or where to go to get good prices on fencing, etc.