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Self Sustenance, Investment in Living

March 16, 2014 , , ,

Our society is experimenting with self sustaining living.  In recent decades focus has changed from local   production of food and goods to a transportation heavy supply chain.  We now pay little to produce our goods in countries with lax labor laws and spend fortunes shipping those goods around the globe.  The skills of preserving food, and even growing food have been lost to a great extent, but there is new interest in reviving local farming and local cuisines.  Popular classes and books are teaching:

These alternative practices offer students ways to save money and become more creative. Learning new skills can reap big benefits for society as well as individuals.  The future will be shaped by the habits we develop now.  Communities focused on improving local, self-sustaining economies are becoming more common.   The trend is strong and, in my opinion, will grow in the future.  Have you made any changes in your own life to create a more self sustenance?

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the gardening is almost instant gratification if you can do this in pots or in small plots of earth. It makes sense. Craft brewing is tricky but worth doing. Raising chickens here in LA is limited to 2 chickens with no roosters.

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Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

March 17, 2014

We garden and grow more of our own food year after year. I, also, grow several different kinds of herbs. We have several fruit trees, a couple of blueberry bushes, and a muscadine vine. We have a rooster and are getting a couple of laying hens this spring. We use a fireplace for most of our heat and use solar panels where we can. We recycle when we can. I know there is more that we can do, and we are getting there slowly, but surely. 🙂

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dmauldin53

March 17, 2014

Oh how I want to come too your house when those muscadine grapes are ripe…You have made me almost drool with this description.

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mermaidcamp

March 17, 2014

🙂 Come on over and we will share our muscadines with you.

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dmauldin53

March 17, 2014

You should know that I just might..

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mermaidcamp

March 17, 2014

You would be welcome.

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dmauldin53

March 17, 2014

This is a trend over here in the UK too. We see more and more people with smallholdings and growing their own vegetables. It’s a good move I think!

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London-Unattached.com

March 17, 2014

Great post! I started gardening again last year. I only grew 1 or 2 tomatoes and 1 tiny, tiny carrot. But I will try again this year. I think self-sustenance is a wonderful thing.

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holley4734

March 19, 2014

All the food you grow makes you happy as well as proud. There are some awful heartbreaks in gardening sometimes, but it is all worth the effort. Best of luck in your next garden.

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mermaidcamp

March 19, 2014

Thanks! I did get a nice photo of my tomato. lol 🙂 It was worth it just to start a garden. I hope I’ve learned from my mistakes. Also deer like peppers. They ate my pepper plants. Live and learn.

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holley4734

March 19, 2014

I think it is a brave move to garden with deer..they can be part of those sad stories…here we just have birds and a few bunnies as competition.

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mermaidcamp

March 19, 2014

I think I didn’t think about the deer coming into the yard. We do live near the woods though. But they don’t like tomatoes. We have bunnies too. 🙂 Very large bunnies.

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holley4734

March 19, 2014

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