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If living off the land = living the dream, you're in the right place.

If living off the land = living the dream, you're in the right place.

This subreddit was created for those who wish to discuss all aspects of living off the land in an open and civil manner. Please share your knowledge and interesting links with us! Monetized links are considered spam.

/r/livingofftheland

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How can I start to homestead with zero experience?

Greetings,

I'm an 18 years old Italian and I would like to start homesteading.

I am very inspired by this life-style and the thought of seeing myself in the future living in the city and working in an office is very scary to me. It's something I don't want in my life.

I was different in the past, as I studied (and I'm currently studing) IT.

I don't have any experience in rural context and I don't even have a job.

I could ask my parents to give me some money (or part of my inheritance) to start, but still I wouldn't really know where and how.

Probably, the first things I need is bit of self-depence skills and agricultural skills. However, I don't know who to ask. I don't see farmers near my area (I live in a suburban area).

Any suggestion? Thanks.

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2024/06/16
19:27 UTC

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Seeking Advice on Home Smart Gardens (Click and Grow, Gardyn, Lettuce Grow, Aerogarden, Rise Gardens, etc.)

Hey fellow gardening enthusiasts!

I’m considering diving into the world of home smart gardens and would love to hear your experiences and opinions. Specifically, I’m looking at options like Click and Grow, Gardyn, Lettuce Grow, Aerogarden, Rise Gardens, and others.

For those who have used these systems, I’d love to know:

• How do they compare in terms of price and value for money?

• What kind of yields can I expect?

• How easy are they to use and maintain?

• Any standout features or drawbacks?

• Your overall satisfaction and whether you would recommend them.

Your insights will be super helpful as I’m thinking about buying multiple systems. Feel free to share any opinions, tips, or personal stories. Thanks in advance for your help!

Happy gardening! 🌱🌿

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2024/06/01
04:20 UTC

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Bringing home a BUCK (& Transplanting tomatoes)

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2024/05/30
12:05 UTC

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Beekeeping: Splitting Hives to Prevent Swarming

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2024/05/13
12:12 UTC

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Anyone wants to partner on community Build

With anybody like to partner and open a coming home community I am in Indianapolis I can build and upcycle. If anyone like to sit and chat about somebody there I would love to.

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2024/05/11
14:55 UTC

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Can I support myself with a conservation project?

I have 16 acres of monoculture ash woodland in the south west of England that I inherited from my grandfather. It's sadly riddled with dieback and I wanted to take this opportunity to diversify/reinvigorate the ecosystem. I intend to plant new trees, dig ponds, create habitats and wetland, put up bird boxes, bat roosts, and insect hotels. I've been in touch with an ecologist and together we hope to plant violets to encourage the return of the pearl bordered fritillary that used to be common in the area. I also want to make the site a place for the community to come and learn about nature and conservation, through classes, workshops and talks.

The problem is I have no money and I really want to commit to this full time, is there a way I can earn a living doing this? It feels like a pipe dream the idea I could be paid to do something I genuinely want to do, but if there is any way I can i would love some advice, Thanks y'all.

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2024/05/10
17:50 UTC

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How to deal with DISCOURAGEMENT when homesteading

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2024/05/09
11:47 UTC

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Ironite?

My kids(5 & 2) & I make dandelion jelly every summer with the dandelions we pick from our yard. Their dad just used ironite on our yard without thinking about the dandelions. Are they still safe to use for edible purposes? If not, how long should we wait before using them again?

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2024/05/05
23:15 UTC

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Seed Starting 102: Hardening Off and Direct Sowing

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2024/04/30
11:27 UTC

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MITES: How to treat goat mites holistically

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2024/04/24
11:41 UTC

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Aphids – Identification and Control

www.justpuregardening.com/_problems_/garden-pests/aphids/

Aphids can reproduce so quickly because female aphids give birth to live young that are already pregnant. In just a couple of weeks, the young reach maturity and give birth to other pregnant nymphs.

A short cycle of reproduction results in exponential population growth and there are many overlapping generations per year.

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2024/04/15
16:32 UTC

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Land for Sale - 35 Acres Upstate NY for $89,500

My parents are selling a beautiful parcel of land located in Upstate New York. It is located in Afton, NY which is in Chenango County.

Are you in search of a peaceful sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the city? This property offers an idyllic setting for building your dream home or vacation getaway.

📍 Beautiful 35.01 Acres of Mostly Wooded Land + Two Flat Fields for Building.

🏡 Build Your Private Haven: Embrace the luxury of privacy by constructing your home set back from the road. With ample space and two expansive flat fields, this property provides the perfect canvas for creating your secluded oasis. Imagine the tranquility of waking up to the harmonious sounds of nature, views of the mountains all surrounded by the beauty of your own land.

I have attached the listing to this post, please delete if not allowed.

https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/249-Hall-Rd-22_Afton_NY_13730_M92931-95507

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2024/04/05
13:15 UTC

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How to START SEEDS and Edible Landscaping tour

It's still early enough to start your garden seeds indoors in many parts of the country. Get a head start on the gardening season and save money by starting your own seeds instead of buying starts from the local nursery. In this video, I walk you through how I start my garden seeds each year, including the supplies needed and the steps to take. Also in this video, come along as we add to our edible landscape in the front yard. Just because you are growing food does not mean you can't have beautiful landscaping! I'll show you what we already have growing and what we are adding this year.

https://youtu.be/LGn7Pk3tMpU?si=-aBgXVoDzhafg\_aE

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2024/03/25
12:35 UTC

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A recap of my first off-grid cabin build from start to finish

This was my first attempt at building a cabin. Bought 4.5 acres in east TX and cleared a road and building site. Built a shed to sleep in while we were there and store tools when we weren't there.

Then the shed burned to the ground while we weren't there.

Then my dad died.

Then my wife left.

Then thieves broke in and stole all my tools and equipment.

Then I buckled up and got the damned thing done. It's been quite an adventure but the payoff is amazing.

https://youtu.be/J5O0MnLwhbU

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2024/03/22
14:54 UTC

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How To Grow Cucumbers – Easy Step By Step Guide

www.justpuregardening.com/_gardening_/growing-guides/how-to-grow-cucumbers/

Cucumbers are easy to grow in most climates. They require soil with good drainage, warm temperatures, at least 6 hours of sun each day, and a lot of water.

By growing this vegetable in your home garden, you can enjoy the taste of different varieties of cucumbers.

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2024/03/21
23:51 UTC

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I’m 20 now and I’m still trying to start a community

https://www.reddit.com/r/livingofftheland/s/pWVZhQSBTL

Not sure how to link a Reddit post but that’s the best I can do for now. I advise you to look at the first post!

Hey guys! So I still aim to create a commune. Keeping the subreddit updated on my progress just because. Also hopefully the continued updates will draw in more attention and as a result, ideas and advice. Since the last post I’ve refined the goal quite a bit and trimmed a lot of naive day dreaming.

Funding

  • I am underway to becoming an electrician and plan on being a unionized worker. I’ll make at least 6 figures a year once I’m a licensed hard working journeyman with the potential to earn more, depending on a number of variables. (Skill, qualifications, network, etc)

So no more influencer daydreams. Although I do think documenting the journey would do no harm.

Actionable steps

-I am currently planning and in talks with a few people on Wwoof and have offered my hand in work in exchange for the learning experience of a life time. -Spring has just sprung here and Canada and I will be starting out a small garden for peppers and spices. This will be my first time really gardening and growing food. I aim to make some hot sauce and preserve some. -As I mentioned for funding I am otw to becoming an apprentice. -This post for tips and thoughts. -Research in spare time -Keeping in excellent health -Therapy

Principles

I over the course of my research came across restorative agriculture. The focus of this community will be giving back to the earth and our descendants. Restorative agriculture, a restorative community is the focus.

Please leave all of your thoughts, tips, advice anything that comes to mind!!!

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2024/03/21
00:03 UTC

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WHO ARE YOU? Unexpected changes from adding a NEW GOAT to the farm

https://youtu.be/rX-IYUGLVRk?si=X-MzsE2eAn9kw0Gv

When you add a new member to a herd, there will always be an adjustment period as the new goat settles in and the herd figures out where everybody fits in the new dynamic. In today's video, we will share how our goats (and us!) are adjusting to having another goat in the herd as well as how Adeline is adjusting to her new home and milking routine.

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2024/03/20
11:34 UTC

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I have a sawmill and woodlot, but don't have the time. Anyone else interested?

Good evening!

I am based in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Looking for someone who has the passion but perhaps not the circumstances in having the land or sawmill or whatnot to be able to pursue milling as a hobby or possibly source of income.

I have the land, the space and also can offer accommodations of course. I basically focus entirely on renovations - restoring the old farm and buildings and that alone keeps me very busy.

I am hoping to not only improve the logging and milling operation on the property and to sponsor that - but also to buy material needed to make a shop and wood working equipment so that higher quality wood products could possibly be made. Maple Syrup tapping is also something else I would like to encourage.

No idea how to really approach this - but my friends keep suggesting just posting something and maybe finding someone who is curious and passionate enough.

Ask me anything - hope you all are doing well. Thanks for your time!

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2024/03/13
22:03 UTC

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How to Grow Tomato Plants From Seeds – Easy Step By Step Guide

www.justpuregardening.com/_gardening_/growing-guides/how-to-grow-tomatoes/

Do you think growing tomatoes is a bit of a tricky task? You’re mistaken. Though these plants are prone to a few problems, you can successfully grow them in your home garden with proper care.

On the commercial level, tomatoes are mostly grown using artificial fertilizers. They are harvested before ripening and travel long distances to reach the supermarket’s shelf. They look nice on the store’s shelves but do not taste as good as homegrown tomatoes.

Homegrown tomatoes will enhance the taste of your salads, pasta, and sauces.

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2024/03/12
18:06 UTC

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Big changes, BIG SURPRISES--A new addition on the homestead!!

https://youtu.be/LI4sAu9G-44?si=Km9yiDxSoOG-04rV

When you're homesteading, birthday gifts aren't what they used to be... Time to get that stanchion in the barn and put it to use! Not just for trimming hooves, but for milking!! Join us today as we prep the barn to welcome our latest homestead animal--ADELINE!

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2024/03/12
12:11 UTC

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Bumblebees – The Most Important Pollinators Of Your Garden

www.justpuregardening.com/identification-of-bumblebees/

Bumblebees are a vital part of any garden and are among the most important pollinators.

These large fuzzy, buzzing insects pollinate most flowering plants, helping to fertilize them as they gather nectar and pollen.

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2024/03/03
17:27 UTC

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Beneficial Assassin Bug – Great and Dangerous Partner for Your Garden

www.justpuregardening.com/_gardening_/beneficial-insects/assassin-bug/

The Assassin Bug is a great partner for your garden.

They feed on garden pests and can be found in most world regions.

These beneficial insects are nocturnal. They will come out at night to hunt for food.

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2024/03/01
16:14 UTC

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How to Grow Strawberries – Easy Step By Step Guide

www.justpuregardening.com/_gardening_/growing-guides/how-to-grow-strawberries/

Homegrown strawberries are a hundred times tastier and juicier than store-bought strawberries.

So why not try to learn how to grow strawberries, the queen of all fruits, at your home?

Here is good news for those who think it is challenging to learn how to grow strawberries and care for them at home.

It is quite easy and economical to grow strawberries at home.

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2024/02/29
15:23 UTC

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Robin Greenfield is such an inspiration

After alerting about food waste, then alerting about all the plastic that is wrapped on our food, then he lived off his food that he grew and then he went on full foraging his food (100%!!) he is my main inspiration when it comes to living alternatively.

What do you think about him ? I don’t see his name that much on Reddit

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2024/02/29
13:57 UTC

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Pollinator Garden – Important for Plant Life and Insect Life

https://www.justpuregardening.com/pollinator-garden/

Get to know your local pollinators. Plant pollen and nectar-producing plants attract pollinators such as bees, bumblebees, hoverflies, moths, butterflies, beetles, and other pollinating insects.

Provide them with shelter and nesting sites.

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2024/02/14
15:44 UTC

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DIY Manual - Introducing The French Brooder

My father spent the last four years developing this amazing PDF that you can download off our Etsy here:

It will teach you how to craft your own personal brooder, keeping your baby chicks safe for seasons to come! This is a labor of his love so please check it out!

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2024/02/14
00:26 UTC

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How To Grow Plants From Seeds Step By Step – Ultimate Guide

www.justpuregardening.com/how-to-grow-plants-from-seeds-step-by-step/

In this article, you will learn how to grow plants from seeds step by step. This ultimate guide will provide you all the information that you need to become a thriving gardener.

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2024/02/10
21:17 UTC

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Winter Homesteading Tasks: Planting and Pruning Fruit Trees

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2024/02/05
12:39 UTC

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Forest Garden Plants - Ground Cover Plants for Deep Shade

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2024/02/05
04:27 UTC

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This is on a low tree branch in my yard! Freaking me out!

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2024/02/01
22:36 UTC

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