I've had the desire to be self sufficient for years. I have one main problem.....I live in a subdivision. It's difficult, but I do try. I am lucky that my parents have 7 acres. They along w/ my brother and sil are wanting to be more self sufficient. Because of that I'm able help them out when/where I can and still reap the benefits.
For anyone who wants to be self sufficient I strongly recommend reading this blog. I've found them very inspiring. Tell me what you think.....

I know I've been missing all week, I'm working on a new look for my blog. I'm hoping to have it up soon!


Gaertegang February 18, 2010 at 11:47 AM  

I havae seen this family sometime on TV...I don't remember where though..thanks for the link..can't wait to see the look new unvailed!

Megan February 18, 2010 at 1:10 PM  

THeir left column under "steps taken" is whoa!!!

We're taking baby steps to self suff. and loving it!!

New look!! Can't wait!

Mominin February 18, 2010 at 1:43 PM  

Gen, I think you would really enjoy the blog Down to Earth (http://down---to---earth.blogspot.com/) also. She's an older woman from Australia, but she's extremely self sufficient.

Genesa February 18, 2010 at 2:22 PM  

Danielle- I've never seen them on TV, but I've seen them lot's of other places. I think in the past 3-4 years they've really tried to make a name for themselves.

Megan- YES...I remember looking at that list and just being in shock. Then I think I looked at Mark and said OK what else can we do, are their things on this list we can try?

Shannon- Thanks for the link I will be checking her out!

bre February 19, 2010 at 2:31 PM  

You can go to youtube and see a number of their vedios.


Sarah February 20, 2010 at 3:24 PM  

I was going to suggest you check them out as soon as I started to read your post! They are very inspiring. And I have to try to keep myself real though and remind myself that they are able to grow things in their gardens all year round. Which, we are unable to do, BUT we are able to put up a lot of our food, to off-set that time we can't be in the garden. Also, look into cold-frames and hoop-houses. They are a cheap way to keep some greens growing into December or January! I am going to try it I think!

I am definitely going to be planting some types of winter squash and potatoes that will keep in the basement through the winter. Kale (this will be my first year to try it) is supposed to be good in the garden into the winter, actually getting a better taste!

And like the Urban Homestead, try growing things on trellis's. Raised beds can be expensive, but trellis's can give you more room to grow things, and will make it easier to weed!

May your journey with this be blessed! I am also on the same path, and LOVING it!

PS- I thought about keeping my own little count on the side like they do, you know, ONCE I START actually doing something more major! I think it is very inspiring...

Genesa February 20, 2010 at 10:45 PM  

Thanks Bre, I will have to check that out.

Sarah-I know it's important to remember their location! Mark and I were just talking about a structure. We have a raised bed that we can transform in the winter, I think we are going to try it too!
Yes, I'm really enjoying this too!
Trellis's are a great idea!
(I think it would be great to keep track of your journey!! I think that it is fun to read what others are doing!)


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