Being self-sufficient is a great trait that can help you a great deal in life. No matter what stage you’re at right now, being independent of everyone around you is a crucial part of growing up and maturing. However, very often we confuse this self sufficiency with earning money and being financially sufficient. However, self sufficiency is a lot more than that. Apart from being financially independent, the idea revolves around being self producing and self consuming.
In this article let’s go through 7 ways for you to become self-sufficient.
Grow Your Own
Food, fruit and herbs. Truth be told, growing something is therapeutic in itself. Add the advantage of an organically grown fruit or vegetable without any added preservatives to the mix and you’re up for great health too. The idea of growing your own portions is a perfectly balanced one. You get to spend some peaceful time gardening, it allows you to channel your nurturing traits and it provides you with high quality and clean food.
Cook from Scratch
We understand that cooking can be tiring, especially when the grocery store around the corner has everything you actually need. However, if you’re already growing your own food, you should know the basics of using it and preparing meals for yourself. The best part- it doesn’t have to be difficult. You can find hundreds of easy recipes on the internet that can be made in under 10 minutes without requiring you to break into a sweat. At the same time, you can find those exquisite recipes that take hours to prep for, if you’re up for an exciting weekend.
You don’t need any chemical fertilizers when you’ve got biodegradable trash from your kitchen. You can use food scraps, weeds, dead leaves from your garden to improve the quality of your soil and bring out a better yield. This also reduces the amount of trash you create as you end up reusing it. Even though these scraps won’t instantly change into natural fertilizers, you can pile these up separately or add them to your vegetation and let it process naturally. You can go for either backyard or indoor composting, depending on where you live and whether you can handle it.
Choose to Raise Animals
While it certainly depends on the kind of place you live in, raising chickens, bees, livestock etc can be a great way for creating a sustainable environment at home. Chickens are easy to raise and you can get a lot out of them (eggs and meat, of course). At the same time you can keep bees for pollinating your garden and giving you fresh and organic honey (the one you have to spend a few bucks on). Lastly, grooming a few pigs for meat or a few goats for milk aren’t too hard to keep either. However, this might not be as easy as raising a chicken.
You need meat for survival (unless you’re a vegetarian or a vegan). But in most cases, if you’re trying to be self-sufficient, meat tends to become a regular necessity for sustainability. However, in this case you’re not just responsible for cooking the meat but also hunting for it. In case of fishing or hunting, make sure you’re aware of all your local laws about hunting or fishing, any licenses that you might require as well as all the knowledge that you’ll benefit from.
You need water for more than half of your daily activities and to survive, of course. As a self sufficient person, you might want to look for a way to collect safe and clean water to be used by you and your family. Once collected, you can use this rainwater to water your garden, bathe, wash dishes and even as drinking water if you filter it out properly.
Being self-sufficient is all about doing things yourself. From basic skills like sewing, knitting, mending furniture and planting your own food, your self sufficiency journey can be made really easy if you learn all these skills. Even when it comes to securing you, your family and your house, you must be self-sufficient so you don’t have to employ a personal security guard. Honing all your skills can not only help you survive in all kinds of conditions but also become a way for you to earn income.