Self sufficiency and how to make it possible

Preaching to the choir, but it's a pretty good article.

Cool quote from the article.:

For the past seven years, I’ve embarked on the quest of self-sufficiency, and I’m positive it is no holy grail forged of unobtanium. Sit down with me for a minute — let’s talk about what it takes to get started on this adventure.

"holy grail of unobtainium". Very neat way to say it.


  • Michelle D
    Michelle D Posts: 1,358 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2022

    I love the list of what self sufficiency is not. It is blunt and to the point.

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,215 admin

    Ooh. Her definition of sustainability is right on. No holds barred. I'm glad to see that she acknowledges networking as an important part of it.

    Awe, I miss our muscovies. They are so personable. I love her pictures of them. 😍

    She addresses the naysayers with authoritative power! Most of our waste comes from industry. That's not self-sufficient waste. We use everything else in one way or another. Propaganda surrounding sustainability, check. Iys not poverty, check...we eat such a variety here that some would only dream of. We may not have much otherwise, but we are rich in many ways others would only dream of. It certainly is a trade off, but one that's difficult, absolutely rewarding, & totally worth it. Relying on government as sustainable? We all know thats not true too...propaganda...I'm surprised that the article is still available to view.

    I still want to figure out a good home-grown substitute for chocolate (flavor & scent might be sufficient). If only we could grow it here. I can't even get it to have to grow indoors...unless I pay an arm & a leg for a plant that needs to be shipped (my dream source finally ships across Canada now), and then I need to keep it alive and hope that it produces. Hmm...did I post before that the leaves are usable? There would be that if I could get the tree and keep it alive indoors. That's a huge risk on a huge investment.

    Books...I couldn't get that first book listed, but it is readily available in the US. It is expensive! We've got the butchering book, natural cheesemaking & Seed to Seed among many other homesteading skills books & series (some old). I also have a lot of herbal books, particularly foraging books focused on my region (thanks for the recommendations @torey). I think a reputable book from someone who has tanned hides & not just written a book/article is also important. We recently came across a good site that recommended books (excellent, okay & those to avoid). I'll have to find it & post it on the forum. You will have hides when you butcher, so why not use them? I suspect that whittling, woodworking, & log building, and effective trap building would also be of great benefit.

    The no freezing & canning book (which we have), is good, but they still have a freezing & canning section, which I was kind of disappointed about, considering the title.

    I think learning firemaking & woodstove skills would be good so as not to burn your house down, but perhaps that's covered in the axe book.

    One thing she didn't mention, unless I missed it, was gathering the knowledge of our wise ones that went before us. Not just in books, but from our grandparents & other elders in our communities. As the generations continue, the grandparents know less & less, unfortunately. But we should still listen to what they know, ask questions AND write it down on more than scrap pieces of paper. Then wisely file it in a binder. I often wish I could go back in time & ask my grandparents about more aspects of living off the land as an authentic historical homesteading family. I know some, but I wish I knew more.

    @RustBeltCowgirl An excellent article! I'd give it 5 stars and 2 thumbs up. 👏

  • JennyT Upstate South Carolina
    JennyT Upstate South Carolina Posts: 1,273 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I haven't had the chance to finish the article but I love what she's saying so far. I agree with all of it.

    I'm curious as to what my husband will think. Seeing as he's only come around to the whole homesteading/permaculture way of life we're trying to do now since buying the property. I'll have to get him to read it after me and see what he says.😊

  • water2world
    water2world Posts: 1,046 ✭✭✭✭

    @RustBeltCowgirl Thanks for the great article After reading it, I forwarded the article to hubby!

  • VermontCathy
    VermontCathy Posts: 1,827 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The only part of this definition of self-sufficiency I would challenge is the off-grid requirement.

    Going off-grid is expensive and somewhat challenging for most. Requiring it could deter many people who could be self-sufficient in most other respects.

    I would argue you are still adequately self-sufficient if you:

    - are on normal grid power

    - have an emergency power system adequate for a day or two of power outage

    - can perform all the necessities of life without power

    Insisting on long-term, completely off-grid as a requirement will make many people unable to achieve it.

  • nicksamanda11
    nicksamanda11 Posts: 713 ✭✭✭✭

    I agree.