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Successful Homesteading, Issue # 25, The Homesteading Edge
April 18, 2010

Issue #025, April 18, 2010

The Homesteading Edge

The homesteading edge will allow you to prosper both in good times and bad. Learning organic gardening, keeping chickens and other livestock and developing new skills such as carpentry and home repairs will keep you in good stead, no matter what happens.

So what if the worst never happens? What if the economy gets better and good times are ahead? Why continue your homesteading passion?

To Become Debt Free

Pursue frugal cooking and you can feed your family well for a fraction of the cost of processed, frozen food. Give up fast food and you save even more money. Use that money to pay off your debts. The fewer debts you have, the greater freedom you have to pursue the life you truly want to live.

Gradual Wealth

Homesteading will never be a way to quick wealth, but you will become wealthy in the things that truly matter. By getting out of debt, pursuing simplicity and living well on less, you will have security while all of your peers will be living paycheck to paycheck.

Valuable Skills

You will have valuable skills that will help you survive, including the ability to produce food, a dying art in our highly automated society.

You Can Help Others

While you're buying bulk grains and other foods in bulk including dehydrated vegetables, buy a little extra to help others in need. Storable food doesn't cost all that much and will last for years. That way, you can help others should the need arise.

What's New?

Define Poverty

Define Poverty, and you'll find it depends on your situation in life.

Urban Homesteading

Read how one man is fighting an uphill battle in his pursuit to become an urban homesteader. Spring snow storms are also a struggle every homesteader must deal with. Another urban homesteader is using his gardening skills to good use, helping to feed the homeless. Read his story here.

Also read how one urban homesteader is thriving in her 1/4 acre suburban yard in Kensington Thornhill homestead.

Preparation Tips

A few simple steps can make a huge difference in a catastrophe where there is no power for weeks and you need a steady supply of water. Follow these catastrophe preparedness tips.

Storing wheat, and a lot of it is one of the best steps toward preparedness you can take, plus one of the best sources of nutrition you will ever find.

Raising Livestock

One reader asks if chickens will be warm enough in a chicken tractor.

Looking for a Home Business?

Read these best home business ideas that can help you leave the city forever. Or you may find an eBay home business could be your ticket to a successful income at home. Keeping bees is another home business income opportunity.

Frugal Living Here are some of the easiest ways to save money, plus read these creative ways to save money.

Organic Gardening No till gardening is a way to save your back, save your soil and make your homestead gardening experience far more pleasant this year. Continuing Adventures of Goose Poop Farm For homesteader Ric McDermott, every day is a new adventure, whether his llama gets trapped in the hay, or he's searching for eggs.

And as always, happy homesteading!

You Can Build a Chicken Tractor

If you’ve ever thought of keeping free range chickens in a chicken tractor, this book is for you! In addition to providing full plans and giving you step by step instructions on how to build your own chicken tractor, this handy guide gives tons of great tips, including great sources of free wood, how to recover your costs by selling chicks, chicken care and egg recipes. Click here to purchase.

Or save money and the environment by purchasing the e-book at the ridiculously low price of $7.95! Click here to learn more.

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