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Has anyone attended any homesteading conferences/conventions? I was looking at Homesteaders of America in October but the schedule doesn’t seem too full. Are there any that people have attended that were informative and worthwhile?

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I have a well pump that needs to be hidden away and I would like to move my well tank out next to it and I was told with my climate covering the well tank would make it last year’s longer. I’d like to find an old grain bin/silo of a smaller size to use as a shed but I’m not having much luck finding any. Does anyone have any leads or advice. I’m in Texas but willing to travel the south for a good deal.

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We live in zone 5a. I was doing some research and realized that a potential greenhouse will need to be heated in winter if I would like fresh veggies. What are your opinions on greenhouses? Who has one? What zone? etc.

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We are about to move to a house where we will have about 5 acres of land. I am interested in possibly growing and raising my own fruits, vegetables, and meat. The purpose behind doing this would be to hopefully save money and have our land more of less provide for us, so if the financial benefits aren't really there (economies of scale and all that) please let me know! I do have a day job so I would only be able to commit about 30 minutes a day on weekdays and about 1-2 hours per day on weekends, if that is not enough time to care for animals (or specific animals), please let me know :)

My other concern is the smell. I have friends who have a pig farm and that farm smells VERY BAD. I am not interested in turning my home into a source of constant foul odor. Is there any way of mitigating these smells? For example, if we had 2-3 pigs instead of 20-30 would the smell not be as big of a deal? Are there other animals who don't have such a strong odor we might consider instead?

Right now I'm thinking I might start off with just chickens. Maybe 3-4 egg chickens and maybe some breeding hens to produce chickens we will raise for slaughter.

I have been doing a ton of research but there's so much information out there, I thought I might be better to just ask and see what you all might suggest. Thanks for your help!

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Has anyone had success transitioning away from paper products (especially napkins and paper towels) in the kitchen? My understanding is that the typical bleached paper towels are not ideal for composting. In order to limit runs to the dump it seems like either non-chlorinated (brown) paper products (bonus if recycled) may be one solution. Another option is to make a full transition to cloth and cotton products in the kitchen, including cloth napkins, huck towels, old shirts for spills and so on. I'm a bit concerned about laundry for the latter, especially because wiping down the kitchen counter tends to bring in more organic matter and thus more smells! Have you had success with either system?

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I have an opportunity to purchase 1000m2 for cheap.

The rules are that only 25% can be used for housing. And at least 60% must be used for urban archiculture.

What are the best ways I can live a sustainable living by selling the products I produce on my land. I was thinking of mushrooms, crops, fruit trees or even animals.

Any ideas?

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Can anyone of you fine folks recommend some nurseries that will ship bare root trees? I’m having a heck of a time finding some in Ohio that carry the species I’m seeking.

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