shaunc wrote:Wow Reddust, you're certainly dedicated. How self sufficient are you in terms of food, my guess would be at least 75%. My garden is really only a hobby maybe at best it supplements 20% of our food.
This projects goal was to see if I could grow enough food to feed a family of four all year, I am on my 3rd year and I'm not there yet, but by next year I think I could do it!
Thank you, I can live on what I grow here but I would have no fat except from eggs and chickens, no sugar/carbohydrates except for the veggies, squash, potatoes, and fruit I grow, no tea or coffee, no grains for breads. My husband would kill me if he didn't get his coffee with sugar and cookies in the mornings lol…. I make cookies with a ton of protein from Okara, the left over pulp from making tofu. Most of the oil I use is from butter I get from the milk we buy from a small farm a couple miles from my house. In Oregon you can have up to 3 cows and sell their milk without the government getting all into your business. Some states its illegal to sell your own milk…crazy! I researched historical sickness from bad milk before it was pasteurized and most illness were from large dairy processing plants/farms that fed their cows really bad rotten food and housing for the cows was horribly cramped and dirty. Very little milk born illnesses were generated from small dairy operations. I would love to get a couple goats for milk, cheese, butter and some beehives. If we stay here next year that's on my project list. We still haven't figured out if we will stay in Oregon or move to the Netherlands my husbands home country. Personally I would love to live somewhere warm like Spain…but I dunno if that will work because of the job market.
I buy all my grains, legumes, sugar, and oil bulk to last us six months without shopping. I save a ton of money! (I hate money and shopping, very big aversion there) I don't have to go shopping all winter long except when my husband gets cravings for processed snack foods. I can't eat that stuff because of my fibromylagia but he can without getting sick. Most of the time he eats organic and local like me.
You can store grain/beans/sugar, dry goods like this for years without the whole food source going bad.