7.01.2010

Homestead Tractor


OK.  Its not new but its new to us.  Its a 1957 Ford Power Master Tractor!  My dad found it on Craigslist and bought it. I remember when I first saw this tractor outside in front of the house.  I could not believe how big this tractor was.  He bought it in Missouri and the owner was nice enough to drop it off at the house for us.  No charge.  So now we had a tractor for our homestead but we still needed a bush hog.  It didn't take long for my father to find one he wanted.  By now he was quite the expert on Craigslist.  The bush hog he found was perfect.  Like new with a good price.  One problem.  It was for sale in Florida. So what did we do?  We hopped in his Ford Ranger pickup and went to get it of course.  It only takes a good 18 to 24 hours to get to Florida from Missouri if you drive straight through.  So we go and look at the John Deer bush hog and he bought it.  Now all we needed to do was find a way to set it in the back of his truck and take it back to Missouri.  So what did we do?  We team lifted it into the back of his truck of course.  It took five of us to do it.  I'm pretty sure it weighed about 800 pounds.  If you have ever had the privilege of trying to put on of these into the back of a truck by hand then you know how fun and borderline impossible that is to do.  This is a picture of us back in Missouri using the the lift on the tractor to get it out of the truck. Good times!  Cant wait to get this tractor down to our homestead and start cleaning up the property.

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The Zion Project is what my family is calling our journey into homesteading. Call it simple living, homesteading, self sufficient or even self reliant because its all the same to us. I wish that I could say that we are successful homesteaders with a lot of helpful advice to share with you but that's not the case. Not yet anyways. We are learning as we go and we invite you to stick around as we attempt to become more self reliant by living off the land.

The Zion Project

A family's desire to go from city to farm. From endless traffic lights to endless country dirt roads. A desire to walk in a garden instead of a grocery store. A choice to raise chickens instead of buying eggs. A dream to build a house instead of owning a thirty year mortgage. A place where family and friends are more important then careers. To create a homestead with the focus of becoming self reliant. To become dependent on the land we live on and not the society we created around it. The ability to thrive in world that appears to be falling apart in so many ways.

Why do we want a more self-reliant lifestyle?

My family was living in St. Augustine Florida when we first started thinking about becoming more self sufficient. I don't remember exactly when and where but I am sure it had to do with the rough economy, rising gas prices, and rising food prices when we realized the world we live in is far from stable. Add in five nights a week of Glenn Beck and a wake up call from Hurricane Katrina and we realized that our family wasn't prepared to survive a week without Wal-Mart. The truth makes you sick at first but also makes you stronger if you choose not to ignore it.We have a lot of reasons for choosing a more simple life. More then anything I think we want more options. We want to learn how to grow our own fruits and vegetables as well as raising our own dairy cow for the milk, cheese and butter. We also want to raise our own chickens so that we would have our own source of eggs and meat on our homestead. This way of living has always been around but we feel its becoming more and more important for people to at least know how to live off the land.

The Road Ahead

This is not a story about how we did it. We are a long ways from that. This is a story about how we are doing it. One sacrifice at a time. We are taking this opportunity to use this forum to document our experiences. We are calling it the Zion Project.