I'm waiting impatiently to finish the steps necessary to buy a house we've fallen in love with. It's actually the 3rd house we've made an offer on. The first had sink holes so the VA wouldn't approve it and the second made a counteroffer that made me think the seller was trying to scam us. Turns out his request wasn't unreasonable, but by then I'd found a listing for house 3 online and requested to see it. We fell in love and put in an offer the same day.
Over the course of this adventure we've seen a lot of houses and I've really been able to refine my eventual goals. What is important to me is to try to be as self sufficient as possible. We are going to start a small farm regardless of where we end up living. We want to keep some chickens for eggs and if we get this house with 2 acres, we'll keep another flock of meat chickens. I plan to plant a garden, bigger if we end up here, but I'll scale it to fit whatever yard we end up with. I also want at least 2 or 3 beehives to help with pollination, but honey and wax would be great too. We have plans to set up rain barrels to water the garden and eventually add some solar and wind collection to help power and maybe some day be able to go completely off grid.
Does anybody else do any of those things? I'd love to compare notes. Whether you have an actual working farm or your "farm" consists of a few containers on your window sill I'd love to hear about your experiences with providing food for your table and how it's working out for you.