Our “About Us” page currently states that one of my primary objectives this year is to find us a little spot to call our own. Our Homestead. I’d like to share some of our ideas on what that may look like.
Home. For long term reasons, we would like a four bedroom home so that I can have an office at home along with a separate boys bedroom and girls bedroom. It would be great to have a basement, but I’ll dig my own root cellar if necessary.
Property. Must have good soil for gardening, raising crops and grazing livestock. Ideally looking for two to five acres or so in an area where there is some wide open land so that we can lease more to graze animals if the option presents itself.
Locale. Currently we are in southern California. Originally, we thought there might be some areas on the fringe of the developed areas that might suit our needs. It would allow us to be near family and also very close to a large population center where we could sell our excess production. Proximity to a decent hospital and grocery store are important. When you actually compare properties with any acreage on the cost side, you’ve got to get out of California, which is unfortunate. Lastly and perhaps most important, is finding a good local church. Anytime we have moved to a new area, this is usually the most difficult thing to find. One time it took more than six months before we found a Reformed church that we felt was right for us.
Our decision has been made on the geographic region. We’ll be moving to Colorado as of 3/31/11. There are a number of PCA, OPC and URC churches in that general region so we’re confident that we could fulfill that need quickly. Generally speaking, there is a lot of agriculture going on, so I don’t need to worry about soil quality. Water will be an issue, as the rights in that state are a bit backwards. I’ll need to find a specific property that has a good well.
Wish us luck! Robert.