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You won't go wrong by starting small.

COUNTRYSIDE: I once knew a millionaire who had a sound, sensible rule to follow. "Watch the pennies, the dollars will look after themselves."

Starting small is good advice for anyone who plans to move to a farm or homestead. If you can find a place that is close by and has no home or buildings, buy it and go out every chance you get and spent time there. A pair of lopping shears, a rake and a garden hoe will help do a lot if you stay at the job.

Get a utility building, a kit is good. A 10' x 12' is a nice size to start with. Put your tools, grill and cooler in the shed for storage and security.

Spend a weekend sleeping in the building. You will find out where all the barking dogs are. If your acreage is clean enough, plant something. Even onions are better if you grow them. If you don't do anything as far as building or other improvements, you will accomplish one thing, you will appreciate what you have in town. I guarantee it.

If and when you do move out to "your place," and still have to work and must drive to work, it will be worth the effort. It may help save a marriage or help you keep your sanity. That alone is valuable beyond measure.

I want to submit a little recipe of sorts for homesteaders concerning fishing and keeping your catch. Keep even small blue gills, fry them until done, then separate the meat from the bones and mince or work the meat into a paste consistency and add catsup, sweet and sour dressing, mayonnaise or other variations and you have a pate of fish. It is wonderful on a cracker. You will be surprised. I have canned mullet and carp and they work the same. You generally eat what you have on hand, especially if it is cold, snowing and you are short on money.

"The longest journey starts with one step." Be good, work hard and enjoy the country life.--Porky Parkins, Poca, WV
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Title Annotation:Country conversation & feedback
Author:Parkins, Porky
Publication:Countryside & Small Stock Journal
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Mar 1, 2004
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