1. Assess your situation: Figure out what your land is capable of, what equipment you have, how much knowledge you have and what you are physically capable of.

2. Count the cost: What will you have to invest to succeed as far as time, money, energy and labor goes?

3. Make a plan: When to buy, when to plant, when to build.

4. Determine a goal: It is easier to start small and succeed, and then broaden your goals.

5. Schedule: Schedule everything, when to till, when to plant, when to water and when to harvest. Whatever needs to be done needs to be scheduled so it won’t be forgotten.

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6. Network: The internet is your friend. Use it. Network with your neighborhood. You may be surprised at what some people know and you may be able to help someone else.

7. Everything changes: Slow walks through the neighborhood are replaced by weeding in the garden, watching reruns on TV are replaced by studying animal husbandry and reading seed-saving books.

8. Expect success, prepare for failure: You plant a garden so it will provide food, but if it fails, you will need another source of sustenance.

9. Reassess on a regular basis: Determine what is working and what can be discarded, and adjust plans/goals/schedules as needed.

10. Never give up: Tomatoes got blight? Find out how to fix it. Deer eating the corn? Figure out a deterrent. Our ancestors who were pioneers had to contend with storms, hail and freezing weather without powered tillers and piped-in water, so don’t be discouraged. You can do it!

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