If you’re interested in homesteading but feel like you don’t have the land or resources to get started, never fear! It is possible to start a homestead on one acre of land or less. While you may not be able to achieve complete self-sufficiency on such a small plot of land, with careful planning it is still possible to grow a substantial amount of food, raise livestock, and live a more sustainable lifestyle. This guide explains how to start a 1 acre homestead. We’ll cover planning, layout ideas, the garden, livestock, and much more. We’ll also talk about homesteading on smaller plots of land such as half an acre or even an 1/8 acre urban lot.
What is a Homestead?
A homestead is a plot of land with a house, usually a farmhouse, and outbuildings. Most homesteads also have crops and livestock. Usually, a homestead is owned by the person or family who lives there.
Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency and independence. People who homestead grow their own food and raise their own animals for meat, milk, eggs, and fibers through subsistence agriculture. They also may try to avoid buying things from stores as much as possible.
Homesteading is not just about being independent, though. It is also about living a simple life and enjoying the satisfaction that comes from doing things yourself. Homesteaders often say that they feel more connected to the food they eat and the things they use when they have a hand in producing them.
The history of homesteading in the United States goes back to the Homestead Act of 1862. This act allowed people to claim 160 acres (65 hectares) of land from the government for free. They just had to live on the land for five years and improve it by building a house and growing crops or raising livestock.
The 1 Acre Homestead
One acre of land is actually a surprisingly large amount of space. In terms of garden space, you can easily fit in large vegetable gardens, several fruit trees, nut trees, and some berry bushes.
One acre is also enough to keep some livestock. If you want to raise chickens for eggs or rabbits for meat, you can do so on one acre as well. You could even have a couple of larger farm animals such as pigs, goats, or sheep if you wanted to. It’s even possible to keep a dairy cow on one acre.
You will need to set aside roughly 1/4 of your homestead to build your home. To leave more room for gardening, you could opt for a tiny house. We’ll talk more about tiny homestead layouts later on in this guide.
Is 1 Acre Enough for a Self-Sufficient Homestead?
The answer to this question depends on a number of factors, including the location of the acreage, the climate, and the resources available. In some cases, one acre may be enough to sustain a homestead, while in others it may not be enough.
Location is a key factor to consider when determining if one acre is enough for a homestead. If the acreage is located in an area with a mild climate, it is more likely that it can sustain a homestead than if it were located in an area with a cold climate.
Additionally, if the acreage is located near resources like water and timber, it is more likely to be able to support a homestead than if it were located in a remote area with few resources.
Another important factor to consider is the amount of work that you are willing to put into the acreage. If you are willing to put in a lot of work, you may be able to make one acre work.
1 acre probably isn’t enough for a completely self-sufficient homestead. You will have to rely on outside sources for some supplies and equipment. However, it is possible to be mostly self-sufficient and produce most of what you need on a 1 acre homestead if you have the proper knowledge, skill, and dedication.
Even though you may not be able to grow everything you need, you can supplement your food supply by preserving what you do grow and bartering with other homesteaders for items you can’t produce yourself. Many homesteaders sell or trade their surplus at the local farmers’ market.
How Many Acres Do You Need to be Self-Sufficient?
The answer to this question depends on a number of factors, including the location of the acreage, the length of the growing season, soil fertility, how much food you need to produce, the resources available, and more.
As little as 1/2 acre may be enough to sustain an individual on a vegan diet. For the average family of four, 5-10 acres are required to be completely self-sufficient. In some locations, 15-20 acres may be required.
What Can You Do on a One-Acre Homestead?
On one acre, you could have a small farm complete with livestock and crops. One acre is large enough to keep chickens, rabbits, bees, goats, pigs, or other livestock. You could have a large vegetable garden, a small orchard of fruit trees, and a small crop of grains. It’s possible to grow the majority of your food on a one acre homestead.
In addition, you’ll have plenty of space for a large home, garage, yard, and various outbuildings. You can build a shop for maintenance projects, DIY, crafts, woodworking, etc. You could have solar panels for home energy production, rain barrels for water collection, and a compost pile.
The point is that one acre is plenty of space for a homestead. The possibilities are endless!
How Much Food Can a 1-Acre Garden Produce?
One acre of land can yield a significant amount of food. Enough to feed a family of four for an entire year.
According to this interesting article, with proper planning and care, an acre garden can theoretically produce up to 60,000 pounds of organic fruits and vegetables annually. This would be enough to feed over 7 families.
Of course, this isn’t realistic for the average homesteader. With an average yield, it is realistic to produce 80% of your family’s food on 1 acre.
This amount of food you can produce will vary depending on the types of crops grown and the climate in which they are grown, but it is nonetheless an impressive yield for such a small space.
There are many factors to consider when planning an acre garden, such as the climate, soil type, and water availability. But with proper planning and care, an acre garden can be a productive and bountiful source of food. So if you’re considering growing food, don’t let the size of your land deter you.
How to Homestead and Increase Self-Reliance on 1 Acre
To get started, you will need to create a layout for your homestead. Decide where you want to place your home, garden, chicken coop, fruit trees, barn, etc.
The layout of your homestead is particularly important when you’re working with small acreage. You want to optimize your space as best as you can so that none of your land is wasted.
1 Acre Homestead Layout
When planning to homestead on one acre of land, it is important to consider the layout of your property. You will need to take into account the terrain, orientation of the land, and natural features of the land to help you choose the placement of your home, your garden, as well as any livestock you may have.
No two pieces of land are the same. It’s impossible to say exactly how you should lay out your property. The following 5 steps will help you create a layout plan for your homestead.
Step 1: Check Zoning Regulations
Zoning regulations may play a role in how you lay out your acreage. In most areas, there are regulations that determine the types of structures you can build, where you can build them, and the types of livestock you can keep. Check building requirements and local ordinances before you start your homestead. It is important to be familiar with these regulations before you begin planning your homestead layout.
Step 2: Examine Your Land
The first step is to take a close look at the land itself. Is the acreage level or does it have any hills? Are there any trees or other obstructions that you will need to work around? Knowing the lay of the land will help you determine where to place your home, garden, barn, and other structures.
Step 3: Decide Where to Place Your Home
You will want to consider the amount of sun exposure your home will get, as well as any wind patterns. You will also want to make sure that your home is positioned in a way that allows you to take advantage of any views. You’ll also need to consider the placement of utility lines and pipes if they exist.
Step 4: Plan Your Garden Space
Your garden will also need to be carefully planned. You will need to decide what type of garden you want, and then choose the best location for it. If you are planning on growing vegetables, you will need to make sure that your garden gets enough sunlight. You will also need to consider water access when choosing a location for your garden.
Step 5: Plan for Livestock
If you are planning on keeping livestock, you will need to create a pasture for them. The size of the pasture will depend on the number and type of animals you plan to keep. You will also need to make sure that the pasture has access to water and shelter for the animals.
Garden for the One Acre Homestead
When planning a vegetable garden, it is important to consider the amount of space that will be needed for each type of vegetable. Some vegetables, such as tomatoes, need more space than others. It is also important to consider the amount of sunlight that the garden will receive. Some vegetables need full sun, while others can tolerate partial shade.
Soil type is another important consideration when planning a vegetable garden. Some vegetables, such as potatoes, do best in sandy soil, while others, such as carrots, prefer loamy soil.
It is a good idea to have your soil tested before planting to find out which nutrients it lacks. Most gardens will benefit from the addition of compost or other organic matter.
There are different types of gardens to consider. You could simply make a large in-ground garden. Alternatively, you could grow in raised beds and containers. To optimize space, you could grow some crops vertically on shelves.
Vegetables need to be watered regularly, especially during hot, dry weather. The amount of water needed will vary depending on the type of vegetable, the soil type, and the climate.
A general rule of thumb is to provide 1-2 inches of water per week. This can be done with a hose, sprinkler, or irrigation system.
Many homesteaders collect rainwater in a tank or water barrel that connects to the downspouts of the house’s gutters. The rain barrel sits on a platform. Gravity can be used to move the water from the barrel to your garden.
What crops can you grow on a 1 Acre Homestead?
Exactly what you can grow depends on the climate, soil quality, amount of water, etc. In this section, I’ll list some common crops that you could grow on a little homestead.
Fruit trees such as apple, pear, or citrus
Nut trees such as almonds or walnuts
Tap trees such as maple for making syrup
Herbs and spices:
Livestock on a 1 Acre Homestead
There are a number of factors to consider when deciding whether or not to keep livestock on a 1 acre homestead. The first is the amount of pasture land available. If there is only a small amount of pasture, you won’t be able to raise cattle or sheep. Goats and pigs require less pasture so they may be a better option on a small homestead.
Another factor to consider is the amount of time and effort you are willing to put into caring for your livestock. For example, cows and sheep need to be brushed and have their hooves trimmed. If you keep chickens, you’ll have to clean out the chicken coop on a regular basis. Caring for animals is a labor-intensive job.
When deciding what type of livestock to raise, consider what you want out of them. Do you want meat, eggs, milk, or fiber? Maybe you want to raise animals to work such as a draft animal, security dog, barn cat, etc. Maybe you just want some pets for companionship.
What kinds of livestock Can I keep on One Acre?
An acre isn’t much space when it comes to keeping livestock. You’ll have to pick and choose which types of animals you keep. A few livestock options for a one acre homestead include:
Chickens are a great addition to any homestead, big or small. They provide fresh eggs and meat, as well as fertilize the garden and help with pest control.
While chickens can technically be kept on any size property, those with just one acre of land may need to get a bit creative with their set-up in order to make the most of the space.
One option for keeping chickens on a 1 acre homestead is to utilize chicken coops with an attached run. If possible, placing the coop and run in an area that gets partial shade will help keep the birds cooler in the summer months. Ideally, you need at least 10 square feet of run space per chicken.
Another option is to let the chickens free range around the property. This can be done by creating a chicken tractor, which is a portable coop that can be moved around the yard.
This allows the chickens to get some exercise while also providing them with fresh insects and vegetation to eat. Free-range chickens will also help fertilize the soil as they scratch and peck around looking for food.
Different breeds of chickens are available. Some are better for eggs. Others are better for meat. Many homesteaders prefer dual-purpose heritage breeds.
Rabbits can be a great addition to any homestead, and they’re especially well-suited to smaller acreages. Depending on the breed, rabbits can be used for meat, fur, pelts, or simply as pets.
Rabbits are relatively easy to care for and don’t require a lot of space. They are also easy to breed. A single buck and a couple of does can produce all of the rabbits you’ll need. Surplus rabbits can be sold for income.
If you’re thinking of keeping rabbits on your homestead, you’ll need to build a shelter for them. This can be as simple as a hutch or an enclosed space in your barn. You’ll need to make sure their enclosure is secure, as rabbits are adept at escaping.
Ducks and Geese
These birds are relatively easy to care for and can provide both eggs and meat. Ducks and geese can free-range together. On one acre, you can keep 8-14 ducks or 4-6 geese, or some combination of the two.
Ducks prefer to have access to water for swimming, so if you don’t have a pond or other natural bodies of water on your property, you will need to provide a kiddie pool or similar. Geese are also fond of water.
Ducks are great for pest control. They will need some supplemental food sources. They like eating vegetables. Ducks can produce eggs years round. Some are nearly as productive as chickens. A couple of popular breeds of ducks include Peaking, Muscovy, and Khaki Campbells.
Geese don’t produce eggs for as much of the year. One benefit of geese is that they don’t need much supplemental food if they have enough pasture land.
Regarding housing, ducks and geese can share a coop as long as it is spacious and has adequate ventilation. Make sure the coop is predator-proof and provides nesting boxes for the birds to lay their eggs in. Alternatively, you can build a duck house for your ducks.
For more info, check out my guide to raising ducks vs chickens.
Pigs are relatively easy to care for and make excellent homestead animals. They’re hardy, efficient foragers, and provide a source of delicious meat.
Pigs can be kept on any size property. They don’t require a large pasture. They’re not the most active animals. You’ll want about 100 square feet of space for each pig. You’ll need to build a pen for your pigs to live in and some type of shelter. You’ll also need to buy some straw for bedding.
You will need to buy grain to feed your pig. You can supplement their diet with kitchen scraps. After you harvest, you can let your pig root around your garden to clear out any scraps you missed. They can basically plow the field for you.
Bees are one of the best livestock choices for a small property because they take up so little space. Each bee hive only takes up around 2.5 square feet of space. 1 or 2 hives will produce all of the honey and beeswax your family needs.
Bees are incredibly efficient pollinators. They can pollinate your garden and fruit trees to help increase crop yields. In addition, bees produce honey, which can be harvested and used as a natural sweetener or sold for profit. Honey can be incredibly profitable.
Of course, there are also some challenges that come along with keeping bees. Firstly, they require some initial investment in terms of equipment and supplies. You’ll need hives, a bee suit, a smoker, and a few other tools. You can save money by building your own hives.
Secondly, bees require regular maintenance and care in order to stay healthy and productive. They are a bit more hands-off than other types of livestock. They don’t require daily maintenance. You do need to be careful about pesticides and insecticides you use on your property. These can kill bees.
Before adding beehives, check local ordinances. Sometimes bees are forbidden. Sometimes you need to place the hives a certain distance from dwellings.
Pigeons can be a great addition to any homestead. They can provide you with both meat and eggs. Squab is a delicious meat.
Pigeons require very little space, so even if you have a small homestead, you can still keep a few birds. They also don’t require much in the way of housing. A simple loft or coop will do.
Pigeons are relatively easy to care for and don’t require a lot of time or effort. However, there are a few things you need to do to ensure their health and well-being.
First, you need to provide them with a clean and dry place to live. Pigeons are susceptible to respiratory problems, so good ventilation is essential.
Second, you need to protect them from predators. Pigeons are a favorite target of hawks, owls, and other birds of prey. You’ll need to put up some sort of netting or fencing around their housing to keep them safe.
Third, you need to provide them with a good diet. Pigeons are mostly herbivores, so they need a diet that is high in grains and vegetables. You can purchase commercial pigeon feed or grow your own food for them. Pigeons can also scavenge for their own food.
Pigeons are somewhat expensive to buy. You can capture them yourself if it is legal to do so in your area.
Turkey is a delicious and nutritious meat. For the best meat production, choose broad-breasted turkeys, as they provide the most breast meat.
These turkeys do not reproduce naturally, so you will need to order new poults (young turkeys) each year. Alternatively, you could raise heritage turkeys.
It’s also important to note that turkeys only produce eggs for a few months per year, unlike chickens which produce eggs for most or all of the year.
Goats can provide milk, cheese, butter, and yogurt. Dairy goats can produce 1-2 quarts of milk per day. Goat milk is higher in fat and protein than cow’s milk and has a unique flavor that some people prefer. It’s rich and creamy. It can be used in all the same ways as cow’s milk.
Dairy goats can also be used for meat, fiber production, or carrying equipment around the farm. They are versatile animals.
Goats require a reasonably small amount of space. This makes them a great alternative to cattle. As a general rule, each goat needs about 40-50 square feet of pasture.
It’s possible to keep 2-3 goats on a one acre homestead. If you’re working with a small space, like a half-acre, consider dwarf goats instead. They require a bit less space and less food.
It’s important to note that, if you want to keep goats, you need at least two. This is because goats are pack animals. They do not do well alone. They get stressed.
Finally, goats are browsers, not grazers. This means that they prefer to eat leaves, twigs, and other vegetation rather than grass. They’ll happily eat up weeds and brush. They may need supplemental food as well.
Goats are fairly low maintenance. You do have to move their pens periodically so they have fresh space to forage. Rotating the pens also reduces the likelihood of your goats getting parasites.
Assuming you have the land and climate for it, raising sheep can be a great addition to your homestead. They provide wool which can be used for clothing, blankets, and other items. The wool can and wool products can also be sold for a profit. Quality wool products are valuable.
Sheep also produce milk, which can be used to make cheese and other dairy products. They don’t produce as much milk as goats. Of course, they can also be used for meat.
Sheep require a bit more land than goats. They aren’t ideal for small spaces. You could keep two sheep on a one acre farm if you prioritize them.
Fish are a great source of lean protein. You can raise fish in a pond or large tank on your property. Farming fish for food is known as aquaculture.
Aquaponics is another method of producing fish. Aquaponics is a system of growing plants in water that is enriched with nutrients from fish waste.
This type of system can be used to create a sustainable source of protein, as the fish provide the nutrients for the plants and the plants help to purify the water for the fish.
Aquaponics systems can be designed to fit any size homestead, from small indoor setups to large outdoor ponds.
The type of fish you choose to stock your system will depend on the climate you live in, as some fish are more tolerant of cold temperatures than others. A few popular types of fish for aquaponics systems include tilapia, catfish, and trout.
Raising fish in an aquaponics system can provide you with a healthy, sustainable source of protein that is low in mercury and other contaminants. Fish are also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for heart health.
It is possible to keep a cow on a 1 acre homestead, but it requires careful management. Cows require a large grazing area, so the pasture must be managed carefully. Cows also require shelter.
The costs of keeping a cow can be significant. First, you’ll need to buy the cow. The initial cost can be significant. Next, you’ll have to buy hay and grain to feed your cow. You can’t grow enough food for a cow on one acre. You’ll also need to pay for medication and supplements. In addition, you’ll need to build housing for your cow and set up fencing. Your cow will also require periodic veterinary care. These costs add up. The benefits may outweigh the costs for some homesteaders.
A dairy cow produces milk that can be used for drinking, cooking, or making other dairy products like butter and cheese. Milk production will vary depending on the breed of cow and how well she is cared for. You can also raise cattle for meat.
Holstein cows are the most common breed in the United States and can produce 5-6 gallons of milk per day. Dexter, Jersey, and Guernsey cows are smaller breeds that produce around 4 gallons of milk per day.
If you raise a cow for milk, the calves can be sold or raised for meat. You’ll need to leave some of this milk for your cow’s calf. You’ll have to feed the calf for around 2 years before it’s ready to be bred or butchered.
Goat’s milk is a good alternative option for homesteaders, as goats require less space and food than cows.
There are many benefits to keeping pets on a homestead. They can provide companionship, help with chores, and be a source of entertainment.
Cats and dogs are the most popular pets for homesteaders, but there are many other options as well. Chickens, goats, rabbits, and pigs are all common choices.
Pets can help with tasks such as hunting rodents or pests and guarding the property against intruders. Barn cats are great for this. Dogs can herd, guard livestock, or provide security for your home. Goats can pull a wagon and move gear around. All pets can offer emotional support during difficult times.
Grazing management is the process of planning and maintaining the land used for grazing animals. It includes determining stocking rates (the number of animals per area of land), rotating pasture (moving animals to new areas of pasture to allow the previous area time to regrow), and erecting fences (to keep animals contained).
Stocking rates will vary depending on the type of animal being grazed, the amount of forage available, and the desired outcome (e.g., maximizing meat production or wool production).
Rotating pasture is important in order to maintain healthy grassland ecosystems. Too much grazing in one area can lead to soil erosion and the depletion of essential nutrients in the soil. Fencing is necessary to keep animals contained. Otherwise, they may wander off the homestead and into neighboring properties. Rotating pasture also helps to keep your animals healthy.
There are many resources available to help with planning and managing grazing space on a small homestead. The Natural Resources Conservation Service, for example, offers free grazing planning templates and guides. Additionally, there are numerous extension publications available on various aspects of grazing management. By doing some research and planning ahead, it is possible to graze animals effectively on a small homestead.
Can I Homestead on 1/2 Acre?
It is possible to homestead on 1/2 acre, but the amount of food that can be produced will be limited. If you are planning to grow crops, you will likely only be able to grow enough to feed your family. You may need to buy part of your food from the grocery store. You probably won’t have any surplus to sell. If you are raising livestock, you will likely be able to raise a few animals, but again, the number will be limited. Some animals require more than 1/2 acre to keep.
One acre of land is the minimum recommended for homesteading, so half an acre will present some challenges. With careful planning and management, however, it is possible to make a successful homestead on 1/2 an acre.
One way to increase the amount of space you have to farm is to reduce the size of your home. Consider building a tiny house if you only have 1/2 acre to work with.
1/2 Acre Homestead Layout Plans
When it comes to homesteading on a half acre, layout is everything. You need to be as efficient as possible with your space in order to maximize your yields. Here are a few tips for optimizing your half-acre homestead layout.
Think about what you want to grow. Make a list of all the crops and animals you’d like to raise on your homestead. Then, do some research on how much space each of these items will need. This will help you determine how to best use your limited space.
Consider where you’ll place each item on your property. For example, you might want to put your garden in a sunny spot near the house. Or, you might want to keep your chickens in a coop near the garden so they can help with pest control. Consider zoning and local ordinances when planning the placement of your home and livestock.
Think about how you’ll move around your property. You’ll want to create paths that are wide enough for equipment and animals. You’ll also want to consider where you’ll put gates and fences. By planning out your layout ahead of time, you can make sure your half-acre homestead is both functional and efficient.
The 1/8 Acre Urban Homestead
Most people think of homesteading as something that can only be done in rural areas, far from civilization. However, with a little bit of planning and creativity, it is possible to homestead on a standard-sized urban lot. By growing your own food and a few raising animals, you can increase your self-sufficiency.
There are many ways to layout an efficient 1/8 acre urban homestead. One option is to grow food in raised beds along the perimeter of the property. This leaves the center of the yard open for other uses such as animal pens or a play area for children.
Another option is to create a kitchen garden near the house for ease of access. If space is limited, consider growing vertically with trellises, planting in containers, or growing in pots on shelves. You can increase your garden space by growing in pots on your deck, patio, or driveway.
No matter what your layout looks like, the key to success is to make efficient use of the limited space available. By carefully planning your plantings and using companion planting techniques, you can maximize yields and produce a variety of foods.
Consider planting annual vegetables that can be rotated to different parts of the property each year. Crop rotation can help keep pests and weeds down and can preserve nutrient levels. Perennial fruits and nuts trees can and fruit trees also be planted to provide a long-term food source.
It’s also possible to keep some animals on a 1/8 acre homestead if it is legal to do so in your area. You may be able to keep chickens, rabbits, pigeons, or bees. These all take up very little space.
With a little bit of creativity and planning, homesteading on a small urban lot is possible. By growing your own food and raising animals, you can become more self-sufficient and reduce your reliance on the industrialized food system.
For more info, check out my in-depth guide to urban homesteading.
Other Tiny Homestead Layout Plans
The layout of your homestead will depend on the size, climate, terrain, and resources available. No two homesteads are identical.
A small homestead may only have space for a garden and some chickens. A larger homestead may have space for multiple crops and livestock, a large house, a barn, a workshop, a garage, and a greenhouse.
If you’re homesteading in a cold climate, you might have to heat and insulate the barn. You may also need a greenhouse to extend your growing season.
Homesteads in hilly terrain may need to have terraces in order to prevent soil erosion and create more usable space.
If you’re homesteading in an arid region, you’ll have to find a way to efficiently irrigate your crops.
Ultimately, the layout of a homestead should be designed to meet the needs of the people and animals living there.
The Myth That You Need a Lot of Land to be Self-Sustaining
The acreage you need to sustain yourself depends on many factors, such as the climate, the amount of food you need to produce, the type of crops you want to grow, and whether or not you want to raise livestock.
It is possible to be self-sustaining on a small amount of land. For example, an urban homesteader in a temperate climate may be able to grow all of the vegetables needed for a family of four on a 1/2 acre lot. With careful planning, it is possible to be completely self-sufficient with 1 acre.
It is important to remember that homesteading is a lifestyle, not a destination. There is no magic number of acres that will make you self-sufficient. The key is to start with what you have and work towards your goals.
For some, that may mean eventually moving to a larger piece of land. For others, it may mean staying put and making the most of a small space. No matter what your situation, there are many ways to live a homesteading lifestyle.
If you’re thinking of homesteading on a small amount of land, here are a few things to keep in mind:
1. You don’t need a lot of land to grow food.
Even if you only have a small backyard, you can still grow a significant amount of food. With careful planning and some creative gardening techniques, you can maximize your yield and produce enough vegetables to feed your family.
2. You can raise animals even if you don’t have a lot of land.
If you don’t have enough land to support a cow or other large animal, consider raising chickens or rabbits. These smaller animals can provide you with protein and fertilizer for your garden.
3. You don’t need to live in the country to homestead.
Urban homesteading is a growing trend. Even if you live in the city, you can still engage in some homesteading activities, such as organic gardening, keeping chickens, and making your own cleaning products. You could even grow vegetables in pots on the deck of your apartment or in a spare bedroom using hydroponics.
Final Thoughts about Starting a 1 Acre Homestead
If you’re thinking of starting a homestead on 1 acre or less, we hope this article has given you some ideas about what’s possible. It takes careful planning and some hard work, but it can be done! You can start a homestead on 1 acre but you will need to carefully plan the layout to optimize the space that you have on your tiny homestead.
Do you live on a 1 acre homestead? Share your tips and experience in the comments below!
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