The article was about how people are moving to the country and setting up homesteads so they can be self sufficient. They are growing their own fruits and vegetables, raising cattle, pigs and chickens – even fish. They area also using wood stoves and stocking up on wood. Some are even using solar power to power their homes. These people are stock piling their home grown foods in their basements. One man is even learning about herbology so he can find nature ways to cure what ails him instead of relying on outrageously expensive medications.
I even read how some of these people have guns because they are afraid with the rising costs of food and gas, and the terrible housing crisis, people are going to start getting violent and out of desperation search out food and housing elsewhere. So these homesteaders are going to protect themselves as best they can.
I want to be self-sufficient and have my own farm. I always have. I’m from the country and I would love to have my own vegetable garden and orchard. I would never slaughter animals but I would be happy to have my own chickens for eggs and cows for milk. But that is just me. I prefer the country life. The city is a nice place to visit but I don’t want to live there. Even living in the suburbs is too “city like” for me. I’d be much happier with several acres of our own and neighbors not too close. I’m NOT “anti-social”, but after living with people under us, next to us and across from us and having to listen to music blasting at all hours and huge noisy parties it’s time for some much needed peace and quiet. I see it more as a life style choice rather then a form of survival.
I have been thinking more and more about learning to make the foods we eat from scratch with more natural products. I was thinking it from a health stand point but I also hear that it’s less expensive too. I’m sure I have a lot to learn but if it’s better for my family in the long run, both for their health and our wallet, I think it’s something I need to seriously look in to.
Sadly, living on a top floor condo we cannot grow a garden, plant an orchard or raise chickens. So we are limited to what we can do. So we are going to have to find other ways to take care of ourselves just in case our country hits a really rough patch. Like what happened with the gas crisis back in the 70’s. I was just a child when that happened but I do remember seeing it on the news how cars were lined up around the corner just to get some gas. I hope and pray that we don’t see that again. I can live without my car since I work from home but my husband, whose paycheck we rely on, needs his car to get to work. There is no way he can ride a bike to work and there is no one around here he can carpool with due to his work hours.
I’m sorry for such a “doom and gloom” post. That article I read just got me thinking about what the future holds no only for my family but for our country.