How can a modern homesteader expect to achieve personal privacy in the digital age? This week, Liz and I discuss the homestead we settled on and the steps we have taken to live a private, self-sufficient life.
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Welcome to Episode 17! This week Liz and I tell describe the homestead property we settled on, and share what concessions we had to make since there is no “perfect” property.
Here’s what we discuss about the property:
- How much acreage we settled on
- Woods vs pasture/open land
- House size/configuration
- Well vs gravity water
- Streams/water features
- Southern exposure
- Fruit trees
- Garden space and outbuildings
- To heat or not to heat with wood
- Proximity to populated areas
- Homeschooling/homesteading culture
We also discuss our overall objectives for homesteading. Those include:
- Living as freely as possible
- maximize free time
- having a property that requires low maintenance
- time to develop skills we’re interested in, such as foraging, medicinal herbs and bushcrafting
- maximize time together as a family
- able to travel if desired
- Be as independent and sustainable as possible
- grow our own vegetables and most of our fruit
- grow and butcher or hunt for our own meat
- produce dairy and eggs
- Teach our daughter about animal husbandry and…you know…the birds and the bees
- Provide pollination and collect honey and wax from bees
- Use our land’s materials for building projects
- Grow, harvest and produce as much of our own medicine as possible
That’s a hard thing to do in this digital age. But when a listener called in and asked about privacy, we decided to share our approach on achieving privacy in this episode.
Here’s what we discussed:
- Why privacy is important to us
- bad guy takes license plate number (road rage, etc.)
- That privacy is about keeping our private life private. It’s not about avoiding taxes or even asset protection, although it helps with the latter.
- The importance of separating your name from physical residence
- driver’s license
- managing FedEx, etc., deliveries
- home ownership titling
- deposits for utilities, DirecTV, etc.
- Setting up PO boxes BEFORE moving. That way you can complete the USPS forms truthfully with your two forms of ID.
- Providing no forwarding address
- Setting-up bank account before moving or keeping existing bank account
- Using passport for ID instead of Driver’s License. DL very seldom actually required.
- Using cash over credit
- Dealing with family who wants to know why they can’t tell people where you live
- What is a lie (intent to both deceive and cause harm)
It was a spirited and interesting discussion, and I hope you enjoy it and find that it gives you a lot to think about as you prepare for your self-sufficient life. So grab some coffee and pull up a chair!
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Resources Relevant to This Episode
- How to Make Money Homesteading by Tim Young
- Start Prepping by Tim Young
- The Accidental Farmers by Tim Young
- Story written by Tim Young