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Course 2:

Planning Your Homestead

Course Segments:

Mai pono hana ‘oe akā e hana pono. 

Do not work carelessly but work carefully.

A master plan is the best way to ensure success of your homestead, no matter how small or big it might be.  A plan will help you keep your eye on the big picture, make adjustments and finetune, and avoid getting distracted with costly mistakes.


The resources in this Course will help you become more aware of the basic natural elements of your land - how sun, wind, water, and land contours affect where to best grow your vegetables, keep your livestock or place your sheds. They will help you set your homesteading priorities based on your personal interests, daily time commitment, resources and time frame.


With that information you can then move on to mapping your homestead, positioning growing beds, water and fence lines and storage areas. 

This Course also provides recommendations for your homestead tool set - the key work tools that every homesteader needs to prepare the land and make small repairs around the homestead.  

The final segment of this Course shows you some do-it-yourself projects that will bring your homestead to life: storage sheds, raised beds, perimeter fences and, when you're ready, even a chicken "tractor" - a mobile coop that allows your future chickens to graze a large area while also fertilizing your land.

Ready to start?

Go to the first segment of this Course:

"Assessing Your Site."

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What to look for when choosing and planning your homestead. How to assess terrain, the path of the sun, winds, slopes, and more.

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Identifying what you enjoy will help you focus your priorities for your homestead. The questionnaire in this segment can guide you.

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Draw a site map, plan your growing areas, considerations for planting in raised beds, choosing trees and more.

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Lists of recommended tools you will need to start your homestead.

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How to build your waterworks, raised beds, sheds and other projects.

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