One of our goals in moving to our hobby farm a year and a half ago was to increase our level of self-sufficiency. Most of you know that self-sufficiency means being able to provide for yourself, but what does that mean, in detail, to our family?
It means that we, as much as possible, can support and care for ourselves without depending on other people. Some of our goals in our quest for self-sufficiency?
– To provide for our own food sources.
– To provide our own energy sources.
– To not be dependent on anything but nature and our own hard work to provide for all of our needs.
What are some of the steps we’ve taken or are planning on taking in order to meet these goals?
Our Goal of Providing Our Own Food Sources
We did our first-run garden last summer in hopes of providing all of the veggies we needed for an entire year. We didn’t even come close. The peas died, the weeds grew in abundance, and the work of chopping and stacking wood took away a lot of the energy we needed to can and freeze the veggies we did grow. This year we plan to double our garden size, better care for our garden, and can and/or preserve LOTS more veggies than we did this year. Also in the plans? A solid and big root cellar.
Our Goal of Providing Our Own Energy Sources
We did very little last year in this area, with the exception of getting the wood-burning stove into its proper place in our house. This year we’ll get it hooked up, and chop and stack even more wood. We’re also educating ourselves in areas of solar power and the like. We’ll continue to hang-dry most all of our clothes, and look for other ways to utilize the sun and wind for power as much as we can.
Our Goal of Being Dependent Only on Nature’s Resources
We still have a long way to go in this area. We’d love to implement more ways of utilizing the sun, wind and water to produce energy so that if, for whatever reason, the area’s energy supply runs dry, we’ve got a system in place. Although we do have some solid ideas about how to accomplish this, we’re still very much in the “education” phase of our planning. There is so much to learn when it comes to being self-sufficient. 150 years ago, self-sufficiency was the only form of survival, but with all of the “progress” we’ve made in the areas of energy and technology, we’ve become nearly 100% dependent on others for our survival. This just doesn’t set well with us, so we’re working to learn how to get back to the basics of life long ago.
It sounds silly to some and seems backwards, but the way we see it, if we can have the knowledge in terms of self-sufficiency that they had centuries ago, combined with the time-saving technologies of today, we’ve got all of our bases covered in order to handle the natural disasters that so often cause trouble in this world. Obviously, we can’t warn away every dangerous situation, but the more prepared we are for them, the better, don’t you think?
Is self-sufficiency important to you, or do you find it unnecessary? Have you ever tried to grow your own food provisions?