I created this blog in 2012 as a way to share information with others about self sufficiency and the homesteading lifestyle. I hope that you find useful information here!
A Word About Self Sufficiency
I know this term gets thrown around a lot and people often tell me that there is no such thing as true self sufficiency. This is true. We all need friends, family, or a community to help us out in life. And almost nobody can go without trips to the grocery store, feed mill, or department store every so often. I’m not self sufficient!
But I am on a quest to become more self sufficient. I raise all of the eggs and poultry that my family eats. We have fruit trees and a great big garden. Each year I can, freeze, or dehydrate as many of those fruits and veggies as I am able. Since I was young I’ve been interested in foraging for wild foods and I continue to learn how to identify new wild edibles and how to prepare them. I’m continually looking for ways to make things for my family so we aren’t buying into the plastic, artificial, chemical laden world that has become so prevalent in our society.
Can I Do More?
I think that we can all do a little bit more, and I’m no exception. I’m learning how to make my own herbal salves, lotions, and other personal care products. Each year I find new wild edibles to try and I attempt to grow more food in my garden than the previous year. I’m also learning more about breeding poultry and raising our own turkeys and ducks for meat and eggs, in addition to the myriad of chickens I’ve been keeping. There’s always a new adventure to explore on our homestead!
In the future I hope to have more land and a better layout for keeping our own goats, pigs, and more poultry. I’d like to be able to raise animals for sale to help out with the cost of living as my husband considers retirement in a few years. When we reach that milestone, we plan to move back to the land and do even more than we can on our current property.
What About You?
If you are reading my blog, chances are you’re either living the homesteading lifestyle, or you hope to someday. The great news is that there are many things that you can do, even in a small apartment, to become more self sufficient.
Check out my post What is Self Sufficiency? for some ideas on how to become more self sufficient, even if don’t live in the country!