Self Sufficiency

I’ve always had an interest in what I affectionately refer to as “grandma-like” skills- gardening, cooking, preserving food, knitting and crocheting, sewing, etc. Carrie has always loved fixing things and building things. Historically, many of our grandparents or great-grandparents in fact, relied on these very skills at times when the economy was tough, repair shops were for the wealthy, and government assistance did not yet exist. Not to mention that not too long before that, growing, cooking, and preserving your own food, making or building whatever it was that you needed, from soap and clothing to the very shelter you lived in and everything in-between was just how life was done. Having the skills needed to be self sufficient is arguably dying out. Myself and some like-minded others think that there is value in bringing these things back and teaching others to become more self sufficient. Additionally, being self sufficient allows us to eat healthier food, stay well, reduce our exposure to harmful chemicals, and save money for things we really want (like trips!). If you’re interested in the wide range of self sufficiency projects that we ALWAYS have going on around here, and how it contributes overall to our family philosophy of “experience over stuff”, read on…