Looking back over our journey there is one factor that has held us back most.
I don’t know. . .
I don’t know how.
I don’t know if it will work.
I don’t know if we’ll like it.
Well, I’m here to tell you.
If you don’t know how, do a quick internet search, ask a neighbor or go to the library. Once you’ve done that, if you’re still unsure, just go ahead and poke your toe into the water. I won’t say dive in with your eyes closed. Proceeding slowly, however, there is much about farming, (and just about everything else) that can be learned along the way. So your chickens get a little too much scratch at first. You’ll soon notice egg production “lay off” and make an adjustment. So your garden doesn’t produce well, make a note and try something different next year. You’ll learn.
If you don’t know if it will work, again, internet, library, neighbor. And again, poke that toe into the water. Move slowly, try not to spend too much, and make adjustments as you go.
If you don’t know if you’ll like it, there’s one sure way to find out. Remember the first time Mom put broccoli on your plate? Well, maybe not.
But she probably said, “How can you know you don’t like it if you’ve never tried it?”
Find a neighbor with goats and ask if you can taste the milk. Chicken-sit for a weekend. Grow a few tomatoes in a pots. Again, moving slowly and trying not to spend too much, you’ll get a good idea if this is the path for you.
Bottom line is that you need not be an expert to get a start. Even the “experts” had to start somewhere. If you find you don’t like keeping chickens, gardening, baking your own bread, or milking a goat, put an ad on craigslist and another upstart can benefit from your experience, while you make back some of your investment. And remember, the modern world will probably be waiting for you with open arms.
There is very little in life that can’t be undone. So dispense with the “I don’t knows” and go get your boots on!