One of the most popular questions I get asked is how do you start being self sufficient? The answer really depends on how self - sufficient you want to be. Do you want to go the whole hog or just grow a few vegetable plants and keep a couple of chickens? Either way, the first thing on the list of what to do is plan. Planning is the best way and the only way to start. Without a plan of action, knowing what you want to grow, where you want to grow it, and how much you will need to meet your requirements will lead you down a harder path. If you are thinking large scale planning is a absolute must. A very close second to planning is researching. Everything to do with homesteading and self - sufficiency must be researched. There is little point in trying something out if it won't like your location. This goes for plant and animal. For example, a breed of sheep from Africa is not likely to do well in a cold zone! And neither will a tropical plant. This may sound like simple common sense but believe me that does not always come in to it.
I always say to start small and work your way up. If you over do it you will be totally overwhelmed, over encumbered and totally knackered. This does not make for a enjoyable process. Do not bite off more than you can chew, you will get there in the end.
Following these simple tips will help you achieve the lifestyle you want. Always remember slow and steady wins the race.