Homestead Privacy with Tim & Liz Young|Farming | Homesteading
Published December 29, 2016
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    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.
    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
    Beyond that, we had an overarching goal that we began discussing in Episode 16. That is, to achieve and maintain a high level of personal privacy.

    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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