Livestock is an invaluable piece of any independent lifestyle. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you need a sprawling backyard either! City homesteaders happily raise chickens, rabbits, bees, and smaller breeds of goats in their backyards.
Raising livestock meshes well with many other aspects of the independent lifestyle. Recycled and scrap material can be repurposed to build cheap coops and pens. You’ll have access to animal byproducts…not just milk and eggs, but also manure for fertilizing gardens. Plus, trading your goods with other homesteaders and local famers also allows you to connect with the community and reap the benefits of true free trade.