Self sufficiency doesn't necessarily mean quitting your job, selling your worldly belongings, getting off the grid, and disconnecting from the rest of the world.
It certainly CAN mean that...but it doesn't HAVE to.
That level of independence simply isn't practical for most of us.
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Aside from housing and transportation, food is the single most expensive necessity that most families have to deal with. A recent USDA study indicates that the average monthly grocery cost for a family of four is somewhere between $500 and $700. This is far more than the cost of utilities like electricity and water.
Learning and implementing self sufficient food skills can impact a families expenses far more and far quicker than just about anything else a family can do.
Installing solar or wind power generation units or buying a brand new green vehicle, for example can certainly reduce your dependence on outside sources, but the expense of doing so is extreme and the pay back is many years at best.
By comparison, supplies for growing collecting and preserving your own food is far less expensive, and the payback is much quicker (almost immediate in some cases).
That's not to say that these high tech, high dollar items don't have an important role in today's society, it's simply that it may not be practical or realistic for the average family struggling to make ends meet. Technology will catch up and pricing will come down someday, but as of today, it's extremely difficult.
Self reliance can be achieved in more realistic ways, and only to the degree that you are comfortable with.
-buying fresh locally grown produce in bulk.
-canning and freezing fresh foods for use all year.
-growing your own vegetable garden.
-planting your own fruit trees and berry plants.
-raising your own poultry and small livestock for eggs and meat.
-making you own wine, beer, cheese, sauerkraut, pickles and other things.
-collecting food from the wild like berries, nuts, mushrooms, and greens.
-catching fish and hunting wild game.
want to reduce your food budget...
have landed on hard times...
want to put up an emergency food supply...
or are just looking to eat a healthier diet...
I can help. I've spent most of my life learning ways to do these very things, and I'll share those skills with you.
The more of these skills you learn for yourself, the more self sufficient you become. You have the chance to become the master of your own destiny, as you and your family become less dependent on others.
My Grandpa used to put it in simpler terms. He used to tell me...
"Nobody takes care of your business like you do."
Or stated another way...
your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to
work with your hands, so that your daily life may win the respect of
outsiders, and so that you will not be dependent on anybody"
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
There's no magic in becoming more self sufficient, although it can seem pretty magical when you start enjoying the "fruits" of your own efforts! People practice these types of skills every day, all over the world.
Your grandparents or great-grandparents probably practiced many of them during the Great Depression, just to "get by". Mine certainly did. If they could do it back then, you can do it now. All you need is motivation, knowledge and resources.
My family passed their skills & knowledge on to me. It is my goal to pass it on further to as many people as possible. Sadly, it seems many of these skills are becoming lost as the older generations leave us.
This website will give you the basic information that you need to increase YOUR level of self sufficiency. You supply the motivation and desire. I'll help you with the knowledge.