And another of the posts of things I've been learning about and wanting to share with you all (and so I can find a way to make the scribbled notes make sense for me to read later).
Back in February I mentioned I got to listen to a few neat interviews, covering different subjects. One of the three interview I got to listen to was "How to Homestead Anywhere" by Jill Winger of The Prairie Homestead. She also wrote the books "Your Custom Homestead" and "Natural Homestead".
How to start homesteading anywhere (whether you live in an apartment or on hundreds of acres)
Start out in your kitchen. Make as much as you can from scratch, such as bread and yogurt. Source locally whenever possible.
Have a garden. If you have very little space do a container garden, grow some plants on a window sill. Pinterest has great ideas for container gardening. Dig up part of your lawn for a garden. Go as big or as little as you want. Can/preserve what you grow.
If you have the room in your yard raise chickens. You don't have to have that many, a small family only needs 2-3 of them.
If you have enough land get a dairy animal. Or find one you can buy part of (if I am remembering correctly she called it something like shares of the animal) basically someone else has the animal on their land but you "own" part of it, and you get half (or what ever amount you "own") of the milk and cream it produces.
Start now, even when you have very little land. Start doing only one or two things at a time. Then when you do have the opportunity to homestead, (full on homestead with lots of animals and huge garden and such), on a large piece of land you won't feel so overwhelmed because you already know how to do most everything.
The skills she feels are needed to successfully homestead are:
Carpentry and welding
Dairy and cheese making
Sewing, knitting, fiber arts
Soap making, canning, etc.
Get to know your neighbors. If they are seasoned homesteaders they will be able to help/teach you a lot. You may have some skills that will help them. Think back to the pioneer days when all the neighbors would get together to help each other, whether it was a house/barn raising or helping with the harvest.
This is one I am really excited about. Zach and I have talked a lot over the past few years of wanting to homestead. I've been working on making our bread from scratch, I've made some butter a few times now. We have been making plans for a garden and chickens. We hope to someday be on a huge plot of land where we can have lots of animals, a large garden, some fruit trees, and Zach is hoping to have a couple fields (at the very least he wants to grow the hay for the animals).