We’ve experimented over the years with gardening. We had great success in central Virginia, not so much in the sandhills of North Carolina. We’re still waiting to see how we do here in Texas. Our first garden was on the property of a deacon from our church. He basically did everything for us, but we learned a lot.
One thing we learned is that this particular older gentleman did not need a grocery store. If he wanted, he could’ve grown everything he and his family needed on his property. In the late 90s, they had a full plan in place for their family in case society collapsed from the Y2K bug.
Walter Monroe is with us today to talk about getting started with this kind of self-sufficient eating.
Self-sufficient eating is rising in popularity in recent years. It isn’t just for doomsday preppers anymore. It’s not relegated to rural areas either. More and more urban gardens are popping up all the time.
Some people are looking for greener, more sustainable methods are farming. Others may just be planning to shift their entire family to a particular diet.
Why Switch to Self-Sufficient Eating?
Self-sufficient living is a popular goal to aim for, especially due to concerns over global warming and resource shortages. It’s going to become increasingly popular due to rising food costs, but there are plenty of other advantages that come with growing your own food:
- Gardening is fun and can help you get fit and be more active
- All the kids can join in and contribute to growing their own food
- Gardening is a skill that can easily be passed down to younger generations
- It helps to shave a lot of money off your grocery shopping bills
- You can decide exactly what goes on the dinner table
- It’s a long-term solution that you can nurture with the help of your family
- Possibility of starting a home business by tutoring others or selling excess crops
- Fresh food is healthier and packed with more nutrients
- Fresh food tastes better than frozen or packaged
As you can see, self-sufficient eating comes with many additional benefits, and it’s important to learn about all of them so you have more motivation to make the switch. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a healthy diet and also assists with frugal living, and it makes family cookouts a lot more interesting and entertaining.
How Do I Get Started With Self-Sufficient Eating?
There are plenty of ways to get involved and start with self-sufficient eating:
- Start growing your own crops – this will take a bit of study because you need to account for seasonal farming changes and also the quality of your soil. There are many guides on the internet that will help you get started with farming your own crops, so it’s recommended that you take a look and start small in your backyard.
- Raising animals – this isn’t an option for the squeamish. Yes, you will have to slaughter animals, de-feather chickens and so forth, but it’s a great way to teach your children about their food and where it comes from. You’ll need to look for the best chicken incubator you can find in order to improve the chances of success for this, and you’ll also have to stomach the idea of turning a live animal into an edible dish.
These are the two most basic ways to get started with self-sufficient eating. As you can imagine, it takes a lot of work and you’ll need to study all the modern methods in order to switch to self-sufficient eating.