The Classic Homestead Family

Congratulations on being a Classic Homesteader! This type is so fun because it’s so versatile! This family is synonymous with the timeless values of homesteading, embodying a spirit of self-sufficiency and a desire for a simpler, more connected to the land way of life.


While we know there will always be a place for stores, we prioritize production our own food and resources. The goal is not to generate income from the homestead but to create a sustainable haven. Although, we’re not apposed to finding a few ways to monetize the farm as we move forward. 

Rural Living:

Seeking peace in the countryside, we’re willing to venture further from town to secure a homestead that aligns with their vision. While we cherish the tranquility of rural life, a small town nearby is ideal for community and to suit our occasional needs.

Food Independence:

We’re committed to cultivating a substantial portion of our food, including raising chickens for eggs, larger animals for meat, and possibly dairy. We’re excited for all the possibilities available to us!

Garden Harvest and Preservation:

Practicality guides our approach to food production. We aspire to have a garden large enough not only to sustain us during the growing season but also to harvest and preserve for winter. Canning and storing food is an integral part of tour annual routine.

Continuous Learning:

Year after year, the Classic Homestead Family endeavors to refine our agricultural skills. The ultimate goal is to reduce reliance on external sources, making the homestead their primary source of sustenance.

Homeschooling and Education:

Most Classic Homestead Families are big proponents of homeschooling. We envisions our homestead as an immersive learning environment. We believe in instilling practical skills and a connection to nature alongside traditional academic learning, fostering a holistic education.

Space for Livestock:

We recognizing the importance of ample space for larger animals, The Classic Homestead Family seeks a property with expansive grazing land and facilities to care for our livestock.

Structures Needed:

Beyond a traditional house and garage, the family envisions additional structures that support their homesteading goals. A barn, workshop, and storage facilities for tools and supplies are essential components of their vision.

Ideal Acreage:

The Classic Homestead Family needs an ideal homestead ranging from 3 to 20+ acres. This allows us the space needed for gardens, livestock, and various structures, fostering balance.

With a commitment to timeless homesteading values, The Classic Homestead Family embarks on a journey to create a haven of self-sufficiency and simplicity in our future homestead.

Planning Your Homestead

House and Layout

Evaluate Existing Structures: 

When looking to purchase a homestead, or perhaps you already have one, start by assessing the current condition and layout of the house. Consider factors like sunlight exposure, wind direction, and views.

Assess the current condition and layout of the house. Consider factors like sunlight exposure, wind direction, and views.

Future Expansion: Plan for potential future expansions or renovations to accommodate growing needs.

Barnyard and Property:


Assessment of Existing Fencing: Inspect the condition of existing fences. Determine if repairs or replacements are necessary.

Types of Fencing: Choose fencing suitable for various purposes, such as perimeter fencing, pasture fencing, and predator protection.

Fencing Placement: Plan fencing strategically to create separate areas for livestock, gardens, and other functional spaces.

Optimal Barnyard: The barnyard ideally should be in a central location for easy access from the house. Consider factors such as wind protection and proximity to water sources.


Inventory Existing Outbuildings: Take stock of existing outbuildings. Assess their condition and functionality.

Strategic Placement: Determine where additional outbuildings, such as a chicken coop, tool shed, or greenhouse, would be beneficial based on their specific needs (sunlight, proximity to water, etc.)

Barns and Shelters

Size and Design: Depending on the type and number of livestock, barns or shelters should provide adequate space for them to move comfortably. Consider a design that allows for ventilation and natural light.

Ventilation: Ensure proper ventilation to prevent issues like condensation and respiratory problems.

Stalls and Pens: Designate separate stalls or pens within the barn for different animals if needed.


Zoning for Livestock: Designate specific zones for different types of livestock, allowing for efficient management and rotation.

Designated Pastures: Plan for designated pastures for grazing animals, ensuring adequate space for rotation.

Livestock Shelter: Strategically place shelters or barns to provide protection from the elements for animals.

Choosing the Right Livestock:

Overview of beginner-friendly livestock options.

Understanding the responsibilities and benefits of raising chickens, goats, or other animals.

Grazing Space

Adequate Pasture Size: Estimate the amount of pasture space required for grazing animals. Different animals have different grazing habits, and rotational grazing systems may be beneficial.

Paddock Design: Plan paddocks strategically to allow for rotation, preventing overgrazing and promoting pasture health.


Starting Your First Garden:

Basic gardening tips for beginners.

Choosing the right crops for your climate and soil.

Seasonal Gardening Calendar:

Creating a calendar for year-round gardening activities.

Understanding when to plant, harvest, and perform other crucial tasks.

Garden Placement:

Sunlight Exposure: Choose a location with optimal sunlight exposure for the main garden. Consider factors like shade from trees or nearby structures.

Proximity to the House: Place kitchen gardens or herb gardens closer to the house for easy access to fresh produce.


Do you want an orchard? I highly recommend them. Once established, these trees will take you through your lifetime, and into your Childrens if tended well. 

Choosing the Right Location: Select a location for the orchard with good sunlight exposure and well-drained soil.

Spacing: Plan the spacing of fruit trees based on their mature size, ensuring adequate room for growth and maintenance.

Water Sources

Evaluate Existing Water Sources: Assess the availability and quality of water sources on the property.

Strategic Placement: Consider the proximity of water sources to gardens, livestock areas, and outbuildings.

DIY Projects for Beginners:

Easy and practical DIY projects suitable for beginners.

Examples include building raised beds, creating compost bins, or constructing a simple chicken coop.

Basic Herbal Remedies:

Exploring the use of herbs for common ailments.

Creating a small herbal garden for home remedies.

Homesteading Safety Tips:

Ensuring safety on the homestead.

Tips on handling tools, working with animals, and preventing common accidents.

Establishing a Homestead Budget:

Creating a budget for your homesteading venture.

Tips on saving money and making cost-effective decisions.

Connecting with the Homesteading Community:

Finding local homesteading groups or online communities.

Engaging with experienced homesteaders for support and advice.

Seasonal Self-Sufficiency Goals:

Setting realistic goals for self-sufficiency.

Gradually incorporating more aspects of homesteading into daily life.

Homesteading Books and Resources:

Recommended reading for homesteaders.

A curated list of books, websites, and online resources for further learning.

Essential Tools for Homesteading:

Identifying and acquiring must-have tools for common homesteading tasks.

Tips on tool maintenance and storage.

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