The two remaining sources are some of the largest pools available and the information and tools: the internet and the USDA.
Internet – We’ve all spent some time on Dr. Internet. Have a runny nose, a headache and a scratch on your left big toe? You either have a mild virus and a scratch OR are infected with MRSA should get your will in place – yesterday!
Homesteading is the same way. Everybody who owns a homestead, a farm, a garden or a gerbil has advice to give and/or take. Chances are – that’s how you ended up here reading this blog and my advice. Right?
Start collecting blogs, websites, and other resources you can find that will help you on your way. I have mine bookmarked according to topic:
- Self Reliance
- Pest Control
There are sites that I reference all too frequently – saving and printing topics is always a great idea too! I ran into a 404 error today while preparing links for this blog and am glad I printed that resource a while back!
- Vegetable Gardener – If you want to grow it, they’ll tell you how
- Mother Earth News – Inspiration, advice, ideas all ready for you jump and take control!
- Johnny’s Growing Center – Information, how-to, calculators, tools
- UNH Cooperative Extension – Everything you didn’t know you didn’t know and the people to set you on the right path
Last but not least, look for blogs and videos from other homesteaders and gardeners. Support them and share what works for you!
USDA – The United States Department of Agriculture is a treasure trove of information. From New Farmers to experienced homesteaders.
There’s something for everybody. Countless pages of information and experience. Direction for those who want to market their produce – nobody wants an unexpected visit from their friendly USDA inspector!
There’s also a lot of free money available that sits unclaimed every year. You already pay taxes and might as well get some of it back!
The USDA even has a site devoted to New Farmers! Check it out – take what you need and leave the rest!
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