Self-Sufficiency....Steps to get there....
Updated: Feb 13, 2018
We've covered how to build a cob/straw bale home, generate electricity and how to get water. But to live you still need food.....the saying goes: Everyone needs food, clothing and shelter.
Not much thought is given to our food until we go to the grocery store and select the foods needed to cook or heat up to feed yourself/family. There are several concerns many are starting to realize the cost and quality of fresh foods. Processed foods are convenient but at what cost? To be SELF-SUFFICIENT means to define how you want to live and how healthy to you want to be. YOU must decide and plan your action.
HOW TOUGH CAN IT BE?
Well pretty tough if you have to work in growing a garden to your current schedule of working. We all know how much energy it takes to work, run a home, manage finances and raising children. Don't forget throwing in a little fun time.
So you need to think wiser. Let's just imagine the following....say you have (1) built your own natural home (we like to call them EcoHouses), then you may not have a (2) mortgage (rent) or if you do its much more manageable with just one income. Say you also built an (3) energy efficient home....that would save utilities or at least reduce that monthly cost. You are a better judge of what those savings can amount to....take an honest look at what you could realistically save. The money saved would replace the cost/income of permitting 1 person staying to home and raising the food (more savings and healthier bodies). (4) Healthy food and living translates into a better quality of life.
So what's important to you? Better, healthier life or staying where you are now and worrying (unhealthy) about how you'll pay for the raising costs of food and medical needs......YOU have control of that, YOU have the freedom to do make the change....YOU
just need the COURAGE to take action. Don't forget to add up the savings from gas, car maintenance, food purchases while at work, clothing costs and maintenance, possibly reducing the need for 2 vehicles but if you can't ...you may still be able to reduce auto insurance....we're probably missing a whole lot of other expenses but you get the idea.
We can help answer the questions you may have to begin your adventure toward truly living.
OR if this is something you just can't wrap your mind around growing your own food there are many other ways of getting fresh vegetables and herbs (healthy meat/chicken is also very accessible). Buy from Farmer's Market which supports the community; join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and local farmers. And local farmers will often put their extra's out on stands on sale in their front yard. OR if you're really ambitious start a farming food cooperative. Listen these are just suggestions and possible ways of making a more affordable living and by far a more healthier lifestyle.
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Hey in my last post we did a lot of talking about the basics. Now I want to talk about what we do today and how it will affect us in the future. So when it comes to growing food....vegetables there are a few things you need to know: 1. Don't start big 2. don't plant veggies you don't like 3. Don't be too hard on yourself success doesn't always happen right away...patience 4. You don't need a lot of space to have a productive garden (containers are great) 5. You don't need a tractor or rototiller 6. YOU DON'T NEED PESTICIDES/HERBICIDES !!!!! 7. Learn the difference between "good" bugs from "bad" bug
#6 is what really, really bothers me.....we are polluting the land with Round Up/glyphosate type pesticide killers. These type of pesticides just are NOT needed. Understanding basic chemistry tells you that when you spray a pesticide on the plant, the plant takes it in and when it develops the fruit....you know anything you eat like a pea or a bean .....the chemical is being carried into the veggie then you eat it! It's not much different from licking the spray bottle filled with pesticide.
Let's take a for instance: Wildflowers if you planted on the outside perimeter of your garden space or along an inside row you can reduce pests and increase pollinators. Some good "killer" bugs are drawn to the flowers and eat the bad bugs....yeah! Without pollinators like bees and butterflies (there are more)......humans will eventually die from starvation! (Current Biology August 18, 2104; Center for Ecology & Hydrology February 2, 2018)
Just the facts: in the US about 1 billion pounds of pesticides are used annually. 90 percent are used in agricultural sector, that's the bigger usually single crop farmer i.e. corn, wheat. We know that 82 percent of domestic fruits and 62 percent of domestic vegetables contain pesticide residues (USDA, Pesticide Data Program 2015).
So you tell me which is the smarter move to make? Personally I'm going for the wildflowers to protect the good insects. A wildflower bouquet is another treat too.
But seriously, from my humble perspective, it just doesn't make sense to spray harmful chemicals on our vegetables so we can possibly have a bigger harvest but in the end we can't eat what we grow or it just doesn't grow anymore.....sounds like the dog chasing its own tail to me.
We were talking with a local clerk at our bank the other day and somehow got on a conversation of Round Up....she didn't know about its impact on our health. She doesn't have an outside pet but she has a daughter....well guess what her daughter loves to go barefoot outside....did you know that if her daughter steps on the plant sprayed with chemicals she can track those chemicals right in the house where its deposited on the floors/carpet....pets can do the same...then they lick their paws...hum (PlantPaws 7.31.2015). Bad stuff doesn't make for good ends....always turns out bad. Hey weeds are not bad certainly not worth the damage of the chemical damage. (The Guardian April 6, 2017 & January 31, 2018)
Well take everything we say and use what appeals to you. My money won't be wasted on harmful chemicals, I'll buy chocolate to enjoy instead. Happy trails to all for today. Spread the word about chemicals and enjoy organic fruits and veggies.