I am glad to see this thread starting up again. We have five acres, four in pasture and one acre house and outbuildings. my main motivation for this life style is to eat as healthy as possible. We grow a lot of pour own food. I can and freeze alot. I haven't started pressure canning yet but I would like to do so. We have sheep, turkeys and chickens. We feel that we raise and process them in a humane environment. We also have a feeder calf ever other year but do not process that ourselves. I use simple soaps and vinegar for cleaning most things. I started out doing none of these things, really. Each year I add to the complexity, but that makes if fun and challenging. I strive to buy local and organic. We are fortunate to live in a rich agricultural area. I have bought milk to make simple cheeses. I don't think I would ever have a dairy animal. I am about 5-8 years from retiring and I would like to learn how to do as much as I can when I begin living on a smaller fixed income.