If you have a good water source where you live, then count yourself very blessed. Water, food, heat and shelter is basically routine chores for us. I have seen through many of my Facebook friends, and on homesteading blogs and forums, that not everyone can count on a water supply. Our homestead has a shallow well with a pitcher pump. I do not take it for granted as something could happen to it at any time. That is why storing water is something we do. When our root cellar is finished, we will have more stored than presently. No matter how good your supply is…………please, store some today! The next part of the equation of water, food, heat and shelter is food. None of us want to go without that! Good food is central to a happy homestead. Not many people would want to live off-the-grid if it meant they couldn’t have a decent supply of food. The key is to grow what you eat. And stock up on what you don’t produce yourself. Our garden plays a big part in our food supply. The next component of your homestead is heat. Of course, it depends on where you live, as to how big of a heating source you will need. Living here in upstate NY, we need a good, dependable source. Presently we use two wood stoves. One for heating and one for cooking. You can cook on the heating stove. Then you would only need one. Heating with wood gives you the independence of supplying your source with the fuel. Instead of purchasing fuel from an outside source, if you have wood on your property. Your shelter is your house or dwelling where you live. It all comes together there. Staying cozy, well fed with plenty to drink, cook and clean with. Feeling safe and secure from the outside world or civilization in your own home, is the ultimate independence we are all looking for. See how planning ahead for your water, food, heat and shelter comes together in the end? Your homestead should be your haven or safety net. Plan for it now!
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