In the American Heartlands, a Road to Self-Sufficiency
So here I am watching our economy hit the skids at break-neck speed (nothing like to cliches to open a piece). I have 15 acres of ground, and while I do raise some of my own food, I've never really explored the concept of total self sufficiency.
Well, I think now is a good time to start.
Like I said, I do raise some of my own food; I raise all my own meat and a few vegetables. But I know I can do more, especially with the amount of land I possess. I know it's going to be a daunting undertaking, but if can make it work, then I think my family will be miles ahead - not just economically, but spiritually and emotionally, as well.
My oldest child has become consumer focused; she always wants this or that, but is not willing to work for or earn the things she wants. When asked to complete a simple task, she launches into full drama queen mode; but when an ad for the latest High School Musical toy or game comes on the television, she expects me to run right out and buy it.
I don't want my children to expect everything to just be given to them; I was not raised that way, and I do not want them to think that is the way the world spins. So it is time they learn, and I'm willing to learn right along with them. But what good is a learning experience if I don't share it? So I am creating an online journal of sorts, so you all can follow along with my trip. I'll share the successes, and the failures, over the next year. And if you have any insights, by all means...share them!
One of our first undertakings is going to be Christmas. I have decided to limit the presents this year, and that includes for my girls' nieces and nephew. My oldest will also be making her Christmas gifts this year - soaps, bath beads, scrubs - and I think she'll not only appreciate giving it more, but she'll get more appreciation from the recipients.
I'll let you know how it goes...
Tags: Self-sufficient , Farming , America
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