Working On Self Reliant Skills In The New Year

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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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19 comments on “Working On Self Reliant Skills In The New Year

  1. Sarah

    These are some excellent goals. I love the idea of working toward being more self-reliant. I’ve been trying to make a few changes recently to become more self-reliant and they have been wonderful so far. I am going to take some inspiration from this list and see what else I can do.

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  2. Stephanie Huston

    Good luck with your goals for this year. I want to try to grow “dried” beans this year and picked up a few packets of seed at the Homesteaders of America conference in October. Specifically, I’m going to try my hand at black beans. What about you?

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    1. Lisa Lynn Post author

      Thank you, Stephanie. I need to look at my options…Mary’s Heirloom seeds has some nice varieties that I’d like to try this year. Best wishes with the black beans!

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  3. Bethany

    Your plans sound great! Hatching chicks with a broody hen is life changing. I’m telling you, it’s the best and easiest route. After I’ve used a broody hen, I really dislike using heat lamps and a brooder.

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    1. Lisa Lynn Post author

      Yes! Oh my goodness…I’ve had a broody hen in the past, and I have a White Leghorn that has been trying to set on a nest…go figure! I hope she wants to raise a clutch in the spring!

      Thanks for stopping by, Bethany!

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  4. Heidi

    You are an inspiration to all homesteaders! One day, I’d love to try hatching our own chicks. We do have a rooster—maybe something unplanned will happen this year. I’m so glad I read this!

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  5. Sheri Ann Richerson

    I love this! It is so inspiring! Plus the ideas are really easy to follow and implement. I am in Indiana and seriously thinking of starting some lettuce inside a cold frame outside. I don’t want to buy any with everything that is going on and winter grown lettuce is so tender!

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    1. Lisa Lynn Post author

      Thank you Sheri Ann! I would like to get some lettuce going inside. I don’t think it will make it in a cold frame outside in my area…I’m jealous! Lol! But you’re so right, I hate to buy the lettuce with all of the recalls going on.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Dianne

    Love the list! I’m amazed at what your family has already accomplished. This is very encouraging for those of us still making our way to self reliance.

    Thanks for the ideas.

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    1. Lisa Lynn Post author

      Thank you, Dianne! I’ve been working on this for quite some time. 🙂 Best wishes with your self reliance goals!

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  7. Kristi

    I love this post, it really does well to take stock of what you know, and what you still need. I did the same after reading this post! You have a ton that you already do regularly, but there’s always more to learn, isn’t there? Thanks for inspiring me!

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    1. Lisa Lynn Post author

      Glad that it helped inspire you, Kristi! I love learning new things…so this is fun for me! So glad to be challenging myself with all the great cheerleaders in our group!

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