By Brie Malarkey
Homesteaders often flee cities to seek independence, yet in many cases it takes a rural village of like-minded neighbors to work land efficiently and economically. Why should any one person or a couple of rural landowners go at it alone simply because they lay claim to the land they occupy? Whether one is a modern homesteader, farmer, or rancher, living independently in a rural setting is exhausting work. Balancing the rural lifestyle coupled with today’s financial demands leaves a great deal of landowners overwhelmed — both fiscally and physically.