Here are 12 more ideas.
Becoming more self-sufficient means you’ll develop practical skills that will surely serve you well throughout your lifetime. When you learn how to do things yourself, you’ll outsource less which will save you money. You’ll also be better equipped to handle life’s emergencies. And, above all else, self-reliance is empowering and personally rewarding. homesteadmania.com shares 12 ways to become more self-sufficient.
12 Ways to Become Self-Sufficient
I dream of making my little homestead into a closed-loop system. Nothing comes in, nothing goes out. Now THAT would be self-sufficiency.
Alas, there are things I can’t produce or grow here. For example, its much too cloudy in the winter for solar panels. The climate won’t allow me to grow all my food (this family comes close). I need a car to drive to town sometimes. I’m not in a position to produce textiles and wearing skins and beaver fur is out of the question.
Also, a closed-loop system would require more than one person doing productive work! Might be do-able with a large family like the Duggars (83 Kids and Counting) or in a small community (like these ones).
The idea of self-sufficiency appeals to those of us who are rebelliously independent and would walk 10 miles before asking for help. The ones who don’t take orders well and like to design our own playgrounds. Those who see there’s a better way and are dang-well going to do it that way, even if it takes me longer, costs me some bruises, and makes the other girls think I’m weird…erm… unconventional.
You don’t need to live in the country to be more self-sufficient. These ideas work for city-folk too. The Dervaes family, who live on a small city lot smack-dab in the middle of Pasadena, are leaders in sustainability and self-reliance.
12 ways to fulfill the need for autonomy:
1. Grow your own food. ‘Nuf said.
2. Preserve the harvest. Can it. Dehydrate it. Freeze it.
3. Forage for wild foods. Research local wild plants and find out which ones are edible. Here’s a sampling.
4. Get off the grid or just use less power. Produce your own electricity. Collect rainwater. Get a composting toilet. In some areas of the world you can collect free firewood. Make your home as energy efficient as possible – insulate properly and seal drafts. If no one is in the room, turn off the light! Air dry clothes. Plug your electronics into a power bar and turn it off when you’re done– all those little ‘On’ lights use power. If you are super-self-sufficient you could even produce your own beeswax and make candles! No electric lights needed.
Find more ways to become self-sufficient over at homesteadmania.com.
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