I have really fallen off the wagon this last year in regards to being self-sufficient. I think when I lost all my chickens and I had to start buying eggs I just little by little stopped doing a lot of the things I had been doing. Not sure if it was just because I was busy or I just got lazy, thinking it was the lazy part haha. So I have decided to start up again only a little harder this time. I want to be able to lessen my trips to town to only once a month. And get all my bill paid off.
I have always wanted to live up in the mountains and homestead, be completely off grid and self-sufficient. That is something that we will never be able to do so I am going to see if I can do it here. Pretty sure it will require a lot more work but I think I can do it, and it will be interesting to try especially since it is something I have always wanted to do. It will have to be pretty much like the old timers did it, since we can’t afford to do solar.
I have chickens coming soon, and I plan to grow my own fodder to feed them. I think with the fodder, wheat, a little cracked corn and kitchen scraps I shouldn’t have to buy feed for them.
I bought a milk goat, I just need to get a pen built for her so I can bring her home. I will also feed her fodder. I will be able to make cheeses, yogurt, buttermilk, and cream cheese.
This fall I am hoping to put up enough food to get us by until next fall.
I am going to try and grow lettuce in the house over the winter and do some sprouting.
Since goats don’t produce much cream I am going to try and trade eggs for cream from one of our neighbors that has several milk cows.
I am going to make sure I have soap made up for baths, shampoo, dishes, and laundry.
I know we can’t go off grid completely but I want to as close as I can get. I will start by trying and get my utilities as low as I can. I am going to start hanging all my laundry out to dry and in the winter I will use drying racks. This winter I will try to do most of my cooking on the wood stove and in my thermal cooker. And when I bake bread I will try to do all my baking that day.
I am going to start using more solar lights, I will put 3 to a vase and set them out during the day them bring them in at night to use where we don’t need real bright lights.
This winter when it freezes I will put out soda bottles full of water and freeze them then set them in the fridge to help keep it cold.
I am getting ready to make a above ground root cellar, and ice house (the ice house just because I want to see if I can get it to work).
I am trying to grow mushrooms right now. Next spring I need to find someone who knows a little more about mushrooms and go to the mountains and pick my own.
The things that we can’t grow ourselves I will have to by, but only when they are on sale.
These are just a few of the things that I plan on doing. I look forward to sharing this journey with you. Hopefully I will be able to do everything that I am wanting to do. As I said it is going to be a lot of work but I think it will be pretty cool to try.