Seeker's Survival Prep
The Basics
Planning a Survival Homestead

Allright; you have assessed your situation, discussed it in depth with your family and your circle of like minded friends, and the decision has been reached to pool your resources to establish a survival homestead in a remote but workable location.
Now is the time to make a detailed plan, step by step, laying out exactly what you are looking for, what you intend to do for shelter and for how many people, how many supplies are you going to lay in; what will be your source of water, will you develop your own source of electricity, how many different types of scenarios will you plan for, what defensive measures should be considered?

Step one: Write out a detailed plan that covers all of the above mentioned items step by step with a timeline for projected completion of each phase.

Step two: Get started.

Don't over think or over plan; when you find the site that meets you needs, get it; procrastination will not serve your needs. Once you have acquired the site, it is time to start implementing your development plan; try to make things go smoothly but be certain there will be hiccups along the way to your goal; also, unless there is some scenario of impending doom confronting you, slow but steady will achieve your goals.

Your homestead should have certain necessary characteristics; it needs to have farm-able land for growing crops; it needs to have a natural water source (a free flowing creek or river would be ideal) or you will have to install wells; preferably it isn't located on or near an active fault zone. Let us consider this: better than 70% of the population in the US is located east of the Mississippi River, roughly 200 million people, with a large number of those people located in highly concentrated areas. There are many large expanses of land that are sparsely populated or considered rural and remote, with temperate climates; type and severity of winter does play a role in your planning. The soil composition of your site will play a major role also; a gneiss of solid bedrock such as granite will make things difficult when constructing your shelter, as having poor topsoil will make growing crops more of a challenge and call for measures to enrich it and replenish it with use.

Another aspect that you must consider has to do with having farm animals to deal with; chickens, hogs, and cattle are a naturally renewing food source, but they have their needs that must be thought of also; chickens especially are prey for a number of different predators; hogs and cattle not so much, depending on the area of the country you are in, unless a nuclear event or blizzard shows up; then all of them will require shelter from the elements.

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