Two years ago my wife and I sat down and drew up a three-year plan for being capable of full self-sufficiency. The idea wasn’t that we would be 100% self-sufficient after 3 years, but that our plan would enable us to push the “full self-sufficiency” emergency button and get the machine running within weeks (rather… Continue reading Refocusing our Vision for the Future
Most homesteaders have seen at least one video from Justin Rhodes floating around on YouTube, and his influence in our own homesteading is apparent; so I was somewhat excited when I was given the opportunity to drive up to his farm for a chicken processing workshop. I’ve never raised chickens for meat, but it’s something… Continue reading Chicken Processing Workshop with Justin Rhodes
We’re an organic homestead. Not certified organic, but our practices are exclusively organic as much as they can be. It would be nice to say that our practices would qualify us as certified organic, but there are many hindrances preventing us: We have neighbors who treat their lawns with chemical sprays. Our property was a… Continue reading Introducing Conventional Hens to Our Organic Flock
Just a quick post to kick things off. We’ve been doing this for a few years without writing anything down, so I’ll probably have a lot to say in the short-term about projects that are already behind us. But, for this first entry, why not give a list of the reasons that we do what… Continue reading Why do we want to grow our own food?