23 Questions Before Buying Rural Property

When you search for rural property you’ll quickly find all sorts of places that look promising to you. Mountain views, green pastures, ponds with cattails, all idyllic landscapes that connect with that inner voice you have been hearing.

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Before you plunk down that deposit on the first rural property that screams your name, consider this: you are planning to make a move there for life. A new life, a better life and, perhaps, not only the rest of your life but a homestead that future generations will cherish. So it is appropriate to take time and weigh the decision against criteria that are important to you and your family.

With this in mind, I encourage you to ask yourself the following questions when looking for a new homestead:

Homestead Income Critical to Success

Several years back, Steve Maxwell wrote an article in Mother Earth News. In it, he shared his experience with the imporance of homestead income. It began like this:

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I had the good fortune to meet a young man who recently moved from the city to a country property not far from me. He bought 100 acres of decent land and he’s been bouncing technical ideas off me about building and growing things. One thing that didn’t come up spontaneously is economics, and that’s why I raised the topic with this guy.

As a homesteader, economics are much more important than I realized when I started out nearly 30 years ago. This same oversight is one reason I regularly see new homesteaders fall into a sad scenario that often goes remarkably like this:

The Top 10 Ways to Be Self-Sufficient, Wherever You Are

I want to be self-reliant, but I have no land. There’s no way to do urban homesteading


I get it…you hear the voice of self-sufficiency calling you, but for whatever reason, you’re not able or willing to secure acreage.

What can you do?

You do whatever you can, wherever you are to become more self-sufficient.

It’s true that most modern homesteaders would like to have their piece of land in rural paradise, the fact is that most people will stay in the cities or densely packed suburbs. While it’s not possible to be truly self-sufficient in that environment, total self-sufficiency is a myth, anyway. We all need to depend on others to some extent. After all, you’re not going to perform your own heart surgery or produce the parts necessary to create solar panels.

I think the biggest problem most people have with embracing self-reliance is one of mindset. They think, “I’m stuck in the city with no land, so there’s nothing I can do.”

Society’s Five Stages of Economic Collapse

Society as we know it will break down and collapse in a five stage process outlined here. While it can be accelerated by certain events like war, a natural disaster, pandemic, terrorist attack, or even an impending asteroid impact, history has shown that economic collapse will essentially happen in this five stage process. To survive the collapse, it is important to read and interpret the signs and understand what assets are important to the current situation so you can be prepared for the worst thereby allowing you to survive intact and with as little damage as possible.

5 stages economic collapse

Dispelling the Canned Food Expiration Date Myth

If you’re like most people you have at least some canned goods on your shelf–maybe you have even taken up canning your own food. Either way, canned goods are a common “staple” for many reasons. However, do you really know the truth about canned food shelf life?

canned food myth

Many consumers seem to have a deep trust of those magical “dates” on canned foods. I’d like to dispel some myths about that right now.

10 Rules to Self-Sufficient Living

In the years following America’s near economic collapse (Great Recession of 2007-2009), many folks found themselves wondering if far worse times lie ahead. Indeed, an astonishing number of websites, TV shows, books, podcasts and websites (including this one) emerged that focus on preparedness and self-sufficiency.

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From zombies to Alaskan homesteaders, the sites and shows are enduring and proving to be very popular. That wouldn’t be the case without a gnawing feeling on the part of the general public that our country may be headed down a troubling path. The polarizing choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump seems to have done nothing to calm these fears.

Even if the doomsday people are correct in their claims that the dollar is about to collapse, the government is about to collapse or an EMP is imminent, it doesn’t mean that times have to be tough for you.

A common misconception is that times in The Great Depression, 80 years ago, were tough for everyone. They weren’t.

The Very Real Threat of a Coronal Mass Ejection

Let’s be honest…many of the “doomsday” ideas that we hear thrown out regarding the imminent demise of our way of life seem a little…well…outlandish. I mean, okay, so maybe polar shifts are possible and little old North Korea is going to take down the American power grid with an EMP attack, but…really?

coronal mass ejection

That hint of doubt that you no doubt hear in my words grows into a loud laughter of skepticism among those who do not share my preparedness mindset.  They dismiss those ideas and countless others as not likely to happen. Yet, there are many potential events that could very reasonably occur without ANY notice, and each of them would cause an immediate end of the world as we know it. One such event is a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME).