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
Well vs gravity water
Garden space and outbuildings
To heat or not to heat with wood
Proximity to populated areas
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
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!