Why pick a time limit ?
Why choose a time limit. Unless its for short term goal of getting started.
Do a little at a time ALL THE TIME. I grew up doing this and have continued. Now 65 and consider
we are pretty much done. Just maintain now.
3 large gardens, 13 fruit trees. Berries and grapes
Stored,caned seed (heirloom) enough for 6 acres of veggies.
Greenhouse and all the seed starting and saving stuff.
200+acre lake FULL of fish.
500 gallons diesel,still burning diesel from 1999 works fine.
Large amount of gas.
10.5 kw diesel gen set. burns 3/4 gal hr full load.
Small 4X4 diesel tractor with 4ft tiller.
always at least 2 years of canned,stored food.
Firearms Enough, Ammo Enough.
2 alarms systems, 24 cameras, Solar battery backed up, 2 large dogs.
WATER, Get filters (Aqua Rain) and figure out how and where you can get water.
You would be surprised how much water is around people can't/won't use.
The list could go on almost forever. The point is start now. A little at a time ALL THE TIME,
You can/will get there if you just keep going. If you don't have much land learn to garden like
they do in Japan (there are books on it). If you have no land plan on getting it or find another way
too make up for it.
Quick start: Store water, 50 lbs rice, 50 lbs beans store in large metal garbage can. Cheap and quick.
Most city treated water will store at least 3 months. Pour it out, rinse and refill.
Biggest mistake I see made. People don't start because they think it takes a lot of money.
Reduce your thinking to what it takes to sustain life. Water first, food next and THEN all the rest.
Make use of the county/state resources for info. Land grant colleges usually have great local info.
Missouri, Link Removed
is a great resource. Read the archives.