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Hi! I'm Todd, I live with my family (wife, 2 kids, brother, uncle, sister in law, nieces, and nephews) on our mostly self-sufficient homestead "ranch" in Iowa. We're on 50 acres - we do some specialty crops/gardening, beekeeping, goats, rabbits, and ducks. All the kiddos are homeschooled, we're off grid, and the closest thing we have to a connection to the outside grid is ham radio and satellite internet.

I work off the homestead as a specialist mechanic, AEMT/Emergency "Rescueman" and instructor for highly specialized industrial infrastructure. Without naming the equipment I work on (therefore the company I work for), it's about as close as being an astronaut on earth excluding something like saturation diving. As a result of the job I'm at least almost competent as an electrician, electronics dude, plumber, mechanic, welder, HVAC tech, chemist, firefighter, and medical geek. My brother works with me as well as a mechanic/rescueman for the same company.

My brother and I alongside the extended family we have on the ranch essentially built the homestead from the ground up. I hope I can be a useful asset to this forum — I'll do my best to help contribute useful information!
 

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Hi! I'm Todd, I live with my family (wife, 2 kids, brother, uncle, sister in law, nieces, and nephews) on our mostly self-sufficient homestead "ranch" in Iowa. We're on 50 acres - we do some specialty crops/gardening, beekeeping, goats, rabbits, and ducks. All the kiddos are homeschooled, we're off grid, and the closest thing we have to a connection to the outside grid is ham radio and satellite internet.

I work off the homestead as a specialist mechanic, AEMT/Emergency "Rescueman" and instructor for highly specialized industrial infrastructure. Without naming the equipment I work on (therefore the company I work for), it's about as close as being an astronaut on earth excluding something like saturation diving. As a result of the job I'm at least almost competent as an electrician, electronics dude, plumber, mechanic, welder, HVAC tech, chemist, firefighter, and medical geek. My brother works with me as well as a mechanic/rescueman for the same company.

My brother and I alongside the extended family we have on the ranch essentially built the homestead from the ground up. I hope I can be a useful asset to this forum - I'll do my best to help contribute useful information!
Hello from NoDak.... I have a Brother who preps around Cedar Rapids
 

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Hi! I'm Todd, I live with my family (wife, 2 kids, brother, uncle, sister in law, nieces, and nephews) on our mostly self-sufficient homestead "ranch" in Iowa. We're on 50 acres - we do some specialty crops/gardening, beekeeping, goats, rabbits, and ducks. All the kiddos are homeschooled, we're off grid, and the closest thing we have to a connection to the outside grid is ham radio and satellite internet.

I work off the homestead as a specialist mechanic, AEMT/Emergency "Rescueman" and instructor for highly specialized industrial infrastructure. Without naming the equipment I work on (therefore the company I work for), it's about as close as being an astronaut on earth excluding something like saturation diving. As a result of the job I'm at least almost competent as an electrician, electronics dude, plumber, mechanic, welder, HVAC tech, chemist, firefighter, and medical geek. My brother works with me as well as a mechanic/rescueman for the same company.

My brother and I alongside the extended family we have on the ranch essentially built the homestead from the ground up. I hope I can be a useful asset to this forum - I'll do my best to help contribute useful information!
Sounds like you folks got it goin' on! Since you brought it up, are you all in one house?

Slippy!:vs_wave:
 

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Hi! I'm Todd, I live with my family (wife, 2 kids, brother, uncle, sister in law, nieces, and nephews) on our mostly self-sufficient homestead "ranch" in Iowa. We're on 50 acres - we do some specialty crops/gardening, beekeeping, goats, rabbits, and ducks. All the kiddos are homeschooled, we're off grid, and the closest thing we have to a connection to the outside grid is ham radio and satellite internet.

I work off the homestead as a specialist mechanic, AEMT/Emergency "Rescueman" and instructor for highly specialized industrial infrastructure. Without naming the equipment I work on (therefore the company I work for), it's about as close as being an astronaut on earth excluding something like saturation diving. As a result of the job I'm at least almost competent as an electrician, electronics dude, plumber, mechanic, welder, HVAC tech, chemist, firefighter, and medical geek. My brother works with me as well as a mechanic/rescueman for the same company.

My brother and I alongside the extended family we have on the ranch essentially built the homestead from the ground up. I hope I can be a useful asset to this forum - I'll do my best to help contribute useful information!
Hearty welcome from DFW Texas. Was glad to hear you mention Ducks. I have been trying to tell a chum how much more fun and durable they are than stinky old chickens.His name is Slippy if you wouldn't mind trying to get him listen to reason about that. That sounds like a highly useful asset. Thanks.
 

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