For a long time now I have been wanting to get on the modern-day homesteading road to sustainability. Grow my own food, preserve my own food, learn how to make every day useful items for around the house. Over the last three years or so, I have slowly been learning new techniques on how to become more sustainable.
What do I think being sustainable means? Not having to rely on the grocery stores, power and water companies, government, and just in general knowing how to take care of my family if one of these system fail. I have come to realize that a lot of people don’t know the basics anymore. Whether it is cooking from scratch or preserving your own food. People rely heavily on getting their products from grocery stores. If you walk down any grocery store aisle, they have tons of food items that come in boxes or packaging. They are convent, but the down fall is you can’t control how or what it is made with. Take fruit cups; your options are usually loaded with sugar or juice (that still has sugar). What if you wanted a sugar-free option? Sometimes stores have it available, other times not. What if you want 100% organic fruit used, well that come at an additional price. What if you want to customize the flavors in it? Like vanilla pear, or bourbon peach (for adults), or strawberry blueberry fruit mix. You usually can’t buy any of that in the stores. These are some of the reason that I like to preserve food. The customization is endless, and you get to curtail it to your liking. Plus who doesn’t like eating sweet juicy pears in the middle of dead winter?
Growing my own food is very rewarding. It tastes better and you know where it came from and what went into growing that food. Plus you don’t have to spend the money at a grocery store to buy produce, so you are cutting the cost of your grocery bill. If you have a surplus of a certain vegetable you have preserve it so you can eat it during the winter months.
So, this blog is going to be a record for my family’s adventure on becoming more sustainable. Reason why I decided to start now? Well, for the last 3 1/2 years my options have been limited on what I can do at the house we are currently living in because we have been renting. The landlord has been reluctant for us to make any changes and we haven’t wanted to invest a lot of time or money into something that there is a possibility we won’t be staying at for very long. But this is all changing, within the next couple weeks we will be homeowners to the house we have been renting. Since we are just waiting on a closing date, we decided to get started on a few things. Chickens, have been one of those things. We got 10 chicks the second week of February and are currently building their coop. Oh and did I mention that I need to start my garden seeds and start prepping the soil for this coming garden season? While all this is going on we are going to need to start prepping for our second child to come into this world. She is going to be due early June. So let the adventures begin!