With the help of cow, goat, or sheep partners, and by sharing milk with their babies, you can produce all of your family's dairy products, from fluid milk to cheese and soap. Plus, you can use their milk to feed other animals that can be raised for meat and leather. The icing on the cake is that you can use their manure to fertilize your garden and fruit trees.
Deborah Niemann is a homesteader, writer, and self-sufficiency expert. In 2002, she moved her family from the Chicago suburbs to a 32-acre parcel on a creek in the middle of nowhere. Together, they built their own home and began growing the majority of their own food.