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Whether your goal is to maintain a small farm so you can feed your family, or you wish to create a business that will grow and thrive, and can be passed down to your children, there are some very essential items that all homesteading families need in order to survive. Look, I know that some people dream of living off-grid, in the woods, and maintaining a totally self-sufficient life. But that’s not 100% realistic if you aren’t prepared. You must have a plan. You must have equipment and tools, and be able to create heat, hot water, and electricity. Otherwise, depending on where you live, you’re going to be a cold, stinky, homesteading mess, and you’re going to get frustrated rather quickly. Do not just go off into the woods without a plan of action, or without the following essential items!
Essential Homesteading Tools
- A generator. Listen. It’s essential even for those of us who do have electricity through an electric company. Crap happens, and you kind of need to have lights. If your
- ultimate goal is to go solar, or wind power, or hydropower, all the more power to ya! (See what I did there?) But, you need to start somewhere. At the very least, make sure you have a good, quality generator for at least short periods of power to the house and to run your other homesteading power tools. And even if you’re not looking to live off-grid, and you will have electricity in your home, a generator just makes good sense. We all deal with power outages for one reason or another. Wouldn’t it be just a little bit nice to be able to keep your fridge cold? This generator is small, but powerful enough to keep your fridge cold, and a few lights on during power outages.
- Now, I’m going to assume that you at least want to make some kind of money from your homesteading efforts. Why go into farming if you’re going to keep working a boring, stressful 9-5 job? Maybe some still do, but I bet you want to be self-sufficient. In that case, you do have
to treat your farm as a business. One of the things many people do is purchase a chainsaw mill. Not only can you use this lightweight chainsaw mill to build your own things, but you can cut and mill trees from your property and sell them as lumber. Such a great money-maker for your farm!
- If you’re going to mill your own wood, you’re going to need a great chainsaw! My husband has been working for a tree company for several years now, and he would tell anyone looking for a new chainsaw not to skimp on quality. Spending a little more money now will ensure you have plenty of years of tree-cutting action! Don’t forget to pick up some felling wedges while you’re at it. If you’re going to be cutting down trees, you’re going to need them.
- And what’s a chainsaw and a mill without an ax? I mean, well, you still have the chainsaw, and the mill, sure. But an ax comes in handy for smaller jobs, or to help finish a big job. This Fiskars ax has a lifetime warranty, so you can be sure that it’ll last you, well, for a lifetime! And, if not, they’ll replace it. My husband has been through several axes and they’ve always been replaced at no cost to us.
- In addition to large tools, you’re also going to want a quality drill, heavy duty measuring tape, extension cords, a staple gun, a socket wrench set, a screwdriver set, a wrench set, an allen wrench set, wire strippers, and pliers. Oh, and don’t forget the hammer!
- This lawn tractor is by far my favorite farming item! Husqvarna is by far one of the best quality companies out there! And this lawn mower won’t do you wrong!
- Ok. We’ve got some of the big stuff out of the way. Now, you need to feed yourselves, and possibly sell some of your corps to turn a profit. You need seeds! We use non GMO vegetable seeds in our garden.
- You’re going to want a good pair of pruning shears for your plants. Regardless of what you’re growing, pruning helps keep your plants healthy.
While we can all appreciate the desire to get away from the craziness of the city, or large towns, and get back to nature, it is imperative that you plan for your journey to homesteading. Don’t just jump in without some necessary tools, and items to make it a bit easier on you. No, homesteading isn’t easy, but you can reduce the stress you’ll experience if you just take it step by step and be logical about it. This is a dream for many people, but how will you succeed if you’re not prepared?
Next time, we’ll get into essential gardening tools.
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