Have you ever wanted to move to the country and become more self sufficient? If so, you are not alone. More and more people are choosing to move out to a more rural setting and acquire some land. You don’t have to go crazy and buy 10, 15 or 29 acres. Even 5 acres will allow you to live a country lifestyle and become more self sufficient.
You have your land, now what? The first step you need to take to become more self reliant is to grow your very own garden. If you have never gardened before, small may be better the first year. Any garden can be a lot of work and a very large garden can be a huge amount of labor so be sure you know what you are getting into.
Once your garden is lush and producing abundantly, you should consider learning to preserve your harvest. There is really no sense in growing lots of veggies if you can’t have them through the winter months. You can also talk to your neighbors and maybe trade some of your abundant veggies for some you didn’t grow this year. It is also possible to learn to harvest your own seeds to put up for next year.
Living in a more rural area usually means that you can find wild fruit trees and berries like black berries, cherries, plums, apples, etc. You may also check with your neighbors to see if they have any fruit trees that they don’t mess with or that maybe have an overabundance of fruit. This is a great free way to be able to put up jambs, jellies and juices for the winter months. Just be sure that you don’t “steal” from your neighbors by getting permission first.
The next thing that all small farms need to become more self sufficient are livestock. Chickens are perfect animals to start with because they are small, easy to care for and they can provide eggs and even meat for the not faint of heart. You will need some chicken fencing, a chicken coop and a chicken run if you have a lot of predators.
Depending on how adventurous and strong of stomach you are, you can also try your hand at raising a few rabbits, goats and hogs for meat as well. The goats are also a great source of milk that you can drink or you can sell in your local area.
You can live a country lifestyle and become more self sufficient. Living this kind of lifestyle can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make it.