and Small Scale Farming. Is it Possible?
An Overview for Self Sufficient Living
to grow your own, make your own,
sell your own and bake your own, for homesteading, urban homesteading
or mini farms. Self reliance is the way forward.
better time to do this, especially with the presence of climate change,
food safety, and the gloom of economic and political uncertainty.
You don't want to be in a situation where you have the chance to take
responsibility for your own destiny, but failed because you either
didn't have the skills, or the inclination to make the change.
I am all for turning lawns into lunch. Don't think you need a farm or
homestead to be able to grow a couple of rows of vegetables and have a
few nut and fruit trees. You don't.
However, let's be realistic, it is almost impossible for people to be
totally self-sufficient. You probably do not live in climate where you
can grow your own rice, sugar, wheat, or even have the space. However,
this shouldn't put you off to try and be as independent as much as
possible. And if you re-adjust your current diet, you could be more
self-sufficient that you thought possible.
Do you Come from a Farming Background?
self sufficient means that you have to be prepared to kill and eat the
livestock that you have raised. This was one of the main issues I had
for a long time. I just couldn't do it! And then I realized how
ridiculous the situation was, that I was feeding these wonderful
animals but for very little purpose. Yes, my girls were laying good
eggs, but they got to a time that they were no longer productive. The
lambs were cute, but we needed to eat too!
If you don't come
from a farming background, then you will have a very steep learning
curve. You will need to go into your small scale farming venture with
the realization that the animals that you raise should be treated with
respect, given the best care possible while you have them in your care,
and then killed humanely. I know I will be getting a lot of hate mail
from PETA and the like, but I have a right to be self-sufficient, and
if I eat meat, then this is an option that I am entitled to take.
Do you Have Suitable Land and Water to be Self Sufficient?
I wrote an article way back, on buying country acreage,
and there I talk about the importance of knowing what you can do with
your land from a legal perspective, from a practical perspective and
where your interests lie.
If you are wanting to provide all your
own food, then you need to know that you have enough land for what you
want to do, you have the right kind of soil, the climate allows you an
extended growing season, and there is enough water that flows all year
Do you have space for a dam or two, and will it always be full, even in times of low rainfall or drought?
Foods for Self-Sufficient Living
think about your diet now, and how it will change if you grow your own
food. Can you live with out the processed foods, the rubbish out there
cloaked as "food" that is toxic to our systems and is the root of many
of the current health problems around the globe. Hopefully, the answer
is yes! Otherwise, you might as well place your money elsewhere.
very basics for a healthy diet to fruitarians is fruit. To vegetarians,
vegetables, fruit, milk, cheese, eggs and nuts are acceptable but not
to all, depending on whether you are a vegan, a lacto-vegetarian, or a
If you follow the Paleo diet then you
would be eating a diet of meat, fruit, vegetables, you won't be
interested in eating grains, dairy etc.
Hopefully, you can see
that your level of self-sufficiency will be based on what food you
already eat, and what food you are prepared to go without.
instance, when I started beekeeping I stopped using sugar. I now use
honey in everything. And I can tell you that I feel a hell of a
lot better for it, and since coming off sugar no longer suffer from
arthritis which I developed at the age of 50!
But you have to be
realistic in your aim for self-sufficient living, as there will still
be things that you will want/need to buy; spices, tea, coffee, seafood,
tropical fruit, and perhaps milk and dairy products because you don't
have sheep, goats, or a house cow to milk.
So How can you Provide your own Food and be as Self-Sufficient as Possible?
* Grow your own vegetables * Grow your own fruit and nut trees * Grow your own herbs for the kitchen and for herbal medicine * Grow your own olive oil * Grow your own wine * Keep bees for honey * Keep chickens for eggs and meat * Keep either sheep, goats, or cows for milk, butter cheese, yogurt and meat * Keep sheep for their wool for spinning and weaving * Keep a pig for pork and smoked meats
do all the above, except for the pig, goats and cows and this is
more than enough to keep us as self-sufficient as possible.
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Sustainable Living is also very closely
related to Green
Living. And more and more people are
wanting to learn more about living off the land and homesteading and
how to leave behind a smaller carbon
footprint. We are just custodians of this earth,
and we have made quite a mess of things of late. We can all make a
difference in our own way.
with Organic Gardening, Homesteading
and Living off the Land
Growing vegetables in your own backyards is moving in the
right direction to being self-sufficient.
open spaces as being a pre-requisite for self-sufficiency. We can be
self-sufficient at home with Backyard
Gardening and be self sufficient, on just a fifth
of an acre.
seeds for that old-fashioned taste, and seed
exchange with your friends and neighbors.
can you eat flowers out of your garden?
Yes, some flowers are edible. See our section on Edible
Flowers for details.
When you have more fruit
orchard than you know what to do with and you have run out of ideas for
canning, jams, jellies, pickles, chutneys and freezing, why don't you
think about Drying
your Fruit. This can be done either in your oven or
out in the sun with solar drying.
And don't forget your pets! Make Homemade
Dog Food and find homemade dog biscuit recipes.
Sufficient Living in
In times of economic
needs to be as self-sufficient as one can to be able to save money.
Thus for those who are interested in frugal living, this section will also be
of interest to you.
Which brings me to my
issue. As well are rising fuel costs, how many of you are also shocked
and dismayed about your rising electricity bills?
Well, you are not alone, but that is small comfort when money is tight.
However, you can reduce your electricity bills by as much as 80%,
yes, that's right. And if you are wondering how, you can find the
details here. Reduce your electricity bills!
For more information on this topic and others related to green living
see our section on Living
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