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Discussion in 'DIY / Self Sufficiency' started by KlopKlop, Sep 30, 2015.
Sounds like what I am working towards as well. I use the term 'self-reliance' myself
I just want to make sure I can provide for myself and my family if something happens, be it a blizzard, societal collapse, or just AI making eggs hard to get at the store
We garden, can, raise chickens, and such as well. As mentioned above my current 'prepping focus' is being able to stay functional in the case of long term power outage since we are far from town and face the risk of snow in (Minnesota) and ice storms
My lifelong goal ever since I was a kid was to live as self sufficient as possible off the grid.
I bought my 80 acres in '95 and got a good start on things, then got distracted for over 10 years owning a restaurant.
We are totally off the grid, have two wells. One shallow and one deep. We are solar powered with enough gas generators and a huge propane generator for gray days, or running really large things like an AC unit.
We probably have enough food stored to last a year. We also garden, make our own ammo, and other things.
Our addition of chickens and a coop was the latest project.
Even though there are cattle free ranging around us, there really isn't enough food to justify trying to keep cattle.
I have home brewed before, but I could hardly keep up with meeting my own consumption needs, plus it's a fair amount of work. If SHTF, it will be hard to obtain hops and malt, so I'm not going to get back into it I think. I still have most of the equipment though.
I'm hoping some here have seen the auto sprouter I just put together. I made it with stuff I had laying around, and it didn't cost me a dime.
The wife and I built our home using our own two hands.
We also built a yurt like outbuilding/shop using cordwood techniques.
I'm sure more will come to me. I'm not sure what the next big step will be. But after owning/running the restaurant, I'm quite happy being away from civilization, and most people.
I do have the convenience of satellite internet, with which I would probably die without.
Yeah the internet is a must...
I don't home brew beer either...can't stand the stuff.But I've made some really good wine and hard cider. The kind of stuff that will kick your butt. But taste so good it's hard not to let it.
I really would like to learn cord wood building...seems like a really good way to put up a solid out building.
Is that where you mortar between the wood like bricks?
I suggest some quails. They go from hatch to egg production in 7 weeks. I have been prepping for breeding some chickens this winter.
While i do not live in a very blizzard prone environment here in kansas, i keep my birds away from where i live and it does get very cold. We have a range from 105 degrees to 10 degrees which comes wit its own set of issues.
I buy lots of heat lamps but i use lower wattage bulbs made for lizards.
I wire all enclosures with temp controllers for 15$ each using extension cords and wago clamps.
Of course its not prepping if im not building firearms so here is a gratuitous pic of my cat sleeping on my ar10 leaning against my incubator lol
Quail sounds interesting..I want to expand a little next year depending on how my ducks do this winter. Here are temps swing from about 100 down to -40.
Ducks should be hardy enough without much heat. I've been preparing the"duck barn" for the cold. Also I plan to have timed lighting so they get plenty off light through out short days.I plan to use heat lamps and just bank the walls with snow. Here we get pounded with snow. The best insulation ever. As far as guns and ammo I just refrane from saying much but I'm good.
Yes cord wood is exactly what you think it is.