Going into Homesteading?
Hi all, I'm glad that I have found this forum (Gardenweb is a bit of a jungle).
I would like to have some advice for a "would be " home steading family.
We are in Australia and the home market is still good. If we would, say, sell our house next year, we would hopefully get a good price and would have to mortgage only a part of our dream farm. That means between $ 50 and 150000 (AUS$)
But the financial point is really one of my biggest concern.
We would have to find and pay a farm without knowing if one of us could get a job out there. The mortgages we would have to pay right in the time when maybe there is no job for several month and you have to move and you have to buy lots of things for the farm.
We both don't have a farm or gardener background and we would lack greatly experience. I have a good vegetable garden running and we have chickens that's all.
My intention would be paying the bills and the rest of the living costs from the farm as well (not really homesteading), but I think that there is such a great difference if you have to market your harvest or you eat it yourself (our cucumber don't tend to be straight and every egg has a different size)
So I would like to know, what were your experiences? How did you patch all these (money) gaps? Do you still need jobs to make ends meet? And how much did you invest AFTER buying the farm?
As we have two little ones a move must be a really sound thing.
Thanks for any advice!