Welcome to The Almost-Homestead!!
I'm working towards having a homestead and, when I think it's ready, I'll have to think up of a better name. Maybe y'all can help when it's time!!
So far the almost-homestead has 2.84 acres (not all usable), 10 black walnut trees, one 1/2 Flemish Giant rabbit and a paid-for but not received yet portable chicken coop.
I will have a garden next year large enough (at least) to feed myself and my bunny but I'd eventually like to have a garden large enough to sell produce then donate the rest to a food bank.
There's also several cats and dogs not directly associated with the homestead, per se, but they are a huge part of my life (they are my kids).
So, about me. I'm 42 years old, never married, no kids except the 4 legged kind. Born in Ohio, grew up in Ohio and Florida. Moved to Missouri to attend the University of Missouri - Columbia; earned BA in Anthropology. Then attended Columbia College, also in Columbia, Missouri and earned a BS with honors in Forensic Science. Eight years ago I found myself living 4 miles from a "town" with a population of 641 and 42 miles round-trip from the nearest Wal-Mart. I currently work part-time as a librarian. A friend just offered me a job that I accepted - cleaning her house once a week. The extra money will help. I'm in the process of collecting walnuts to sell for $13 per 100 lbs (it takes a LOT of walnuts to get 100 lbs). I've been thinking of getting certified as a private tax preparer. It depends on the cost of the classes and the certification.
And I just remembered that I have to be up extra early (for me) to work tomorrow so I need to get my butt to bed.