Working On Self Reliant Skills In The New Year

Making a Resolution to be More Self Reliant

I’ve made a resolution to live a more self reliant lifestyle in the new year. As part of my resolution I’ve set a list of goals and I’m taking part in a Self Reliance Challenge in January to kick start the coming year. I hope you’ll join the amazing group of bloggers who are taking part in this challenge!

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My Self Reliance Goals

Many people make New Year’s Resolutions as a way to focus on a new habit or goal in life. My resolution this year is to increase my self reliance and work on my homesteading and self reliant skills in a number of ways. Here is my list of goals for this year:

  • Bake more homemade bread and rolls (buy less)
  • Cook from my canned goods cupboard and pantry
  • Grow sprouts on a windowsill
  • Start my garden earlier in the spring
  • Raise a wider variety of vegetables and fruits
  • Start my seedlings for the vegetable garden inside
  • Can more spaghetti sauce this summer
  • Start a new strawberry bed
  • Reduce our meat consumption
  • Grow beans for drying
  • Learn to clamp my root vegetables for winter use
  • Use a broody hen to raise a clutch of chicks
  • Make my own hand lotion, deodorant, and other bath and body products
  • Can and/or freeze winter squash from our ‘root cellar’
  • Learn to forage for more wild foods
  • Go fishing for a fresh source of protein
  • Repair my little greenhouse and use it for extending our season
  • Raise more perennial vegetables, fruits and herbs
  • Dehydrate more herbs
  • Use potatoes, garlic, and onions from ‘root cellar’
  • Grow salad greens indoors in winter
  • Cook more meals on wood stove
  • Learn to bake on the wood stove
  • Start sprouting wheat for my chickens again
  • Increase our emergency preparedness
  • Stock up on essential goods in case of power outages

Some of these goals will not take place in January…it is too cold here in Northern Illinois! And some of these are things that I have done in the past, but not as regularly as I’d like. So I am resolving to make them part of our everyday lifestyle.

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Taking Stock of Our Self Reliance

Our family already does quite a bit to reduce our dependence on the power grid and grocery store. Of course, we’ll never be completely self reliant, but we could go several months without a trip to the store if things were really bad. Here are some of the things we do:

  • Grow a large garden, some berry bushes and a few fruit trees
  • Preserve the harvest for winter (Canning, dehydrating, pickling, freezing)
  • Raise chickens for eggs and meat
  • Hatch many of our replacement chicks
  • Forage for wild food
  • Raise and butcher turkeys for meat
  • Heat our home with wood in winter
  • Reduce our electricity and water usage
  • Purchase from buying clubs for bulk foods
  • Camp on our vacations to reduce costs
  • Cook and bake from basic ingredients
  • Walk and get exercise everyday to stay healthy
  • Eat healthy foods to reduce frequency of illness
  • Make herbal salves
  • Make homemade dog treats
  • Cook on our wood stove in winter
  • Cook in a Dutch oven on a campfire in summer (not every day!)
  • Start many of our own seedlings for the garden in spring
  • Store potatoes and other root crops for winter use
  • Compost our kitchen scraps or feed to the chickens
  • Store an emergency supply of water

We probably do more than the average family, but I know that we can do much more with the land and resources that we have. That’s why I am challenging myself to increase our self reliance this year. Sharing those efforts with my readers is a great way to keep on track!

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Read More About Homesteading…

Here is another website you’ll enjoy… The New Homesteader’s Almanac. This new site is dedicated to sharing seasonal information for urban, suburban, and rural homesteaders. Stop by and read the article, 105 Ways to be More Self Reliant!

The New Homesteader’s Almanac – 105 Ways to be More Self Reliant

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