Self Reliance – Self Sufficiency – Self Self Self

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    Illini Warrior

    here’s an article that’s probably one of the better that I’ve seen in a year or two – 100% on target – and it just happens to preach my mantra ….

    your preps are just a stop gap – a hedge – until your self sufficiency plan can kick in and then help fill gaps on those lean months ….

    when a SHTF hits – no matter how minor or serious – don’t take it at face value – it can and most likely will get worse by other SHTFs adjoining and compounding together … an initial 1 month predicted longevity suddenly is more like 6 months or longer …

    How to Survive When Prepping Just Isn’t Enough


    So true. My “preps” (stored food, water, etc.) ARE just a “stopgap” measure…that’s why we bought our acreage and are working on moving toward self-sufficiency/self-reliance. Already have MOST of the garden in place (can always add more beds/expand the fenced garden area), have the mini-orchard mostly planted (except for a few trees that I am still trying to find) have started getting the livestock (cattle, goats, chickens, ducks, etc.), beehives set up and first batch of bees in and building comb, etc.

    Still need to get the vineyard planted, but that has to wait until after August, as we need the area for something else; working on getting the well on alternate power, and a few other items; but we area making steady progress.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 10 months ago by IceFire.

    Found “bacon seeds” (i.e. piglets) of the breed I’ve been looking for within 50 miles of me. Made arrangements to get a couple after they’re weaned (different litters–male out of one litter, female out of another.)

    Another step closer…


    We also use our preps as a stop-gap. We are learning as much as we can about gardening, wild game, butchering, and so on – the skills our forefathers used to pass on to the next generation. We’ve had failures, and we’ve had mistakes, but we’re learning now, so if there’s a disaster, we can cope.

    We are blessed to live in farm country, where people are already self-sufficient, and the Amish live nearby. We’ve not invested in livestock for the moment, because it’s all readily available with neighbors. We trade goods and services back and forth, between all our skill sets, so even if something happens, we’ll have those things to barter.

    I’ll say it again – good neighbors are a must when you want to be self-sufficient. People will have things you want or need, and if you have things they want or need, it’s a win-win.


    Having the animals has definitely been a blessing. The chickens keep us well supplied with eggs (plus extra to sell, which helps pay for their feed) and the ducks pick up the slack when the chickens aren’t laying in the winter. While the chicken eggs are plentiful, we are selling duck eggs to a member of our church who has been diagnosed with allergies to all things chicken (along with a host of other foods), but he CAN eat duck eggs with no problem, so we’re keeping him supplied. Also, since Daughter now has to be on an anti-inflammatory diet, among the things she can NOT have is cow dairy products, but she CAN have goat dairy; so the milk from the goat is being used to make cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products that she can have. To buy the goat cheeses and yogurt, we would have to do a 180+ mile round trip, as those products are not available in our area (plus it is EXPENSIVE!); so being able to make our own not only adds another layer of self-sufficiency, but also helps our budget.


    That’s why I went the way I went Ice. The more “items” one can create for themselves without having to rely on any sort of commercial purchase, the better. That’s the whole point of it all. The garden, learning to seed save, cloning plants, raising critters, learning to butcher, learning to render the fats for soap. Learning to turn wood ash into lye, turning common weeds into coagulants for cheese making and so on. I seriously would not have made it thru the last 7 years without those skills. Not only did they sustain me, those skills kept my mortgage paid and kept me moving ever so slowly to where I’m at now. The skills I learned and practice, I passed on to my kids(lost one to cancer last august) my daughter is the toughest, most self reliant young lady I know. Now if I could just get her to quit hating people (in general)….

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