I have had this book for a while and I pulled it out recently because we are taking daily photos for National Sunday Supper and the theme for the day was Green. I posted on instagram because, for me, it is important that my foods be local, sustainable, organic and hormone and antibiotic free as much as possible. So, of course, when I saw this book at the store it appealed to me. I bought it, flipped through it and put it on my shelf with all the hundreds of other books that scream "buy me" when I go into a store.
Since I had pulled it out for the photo, I figured I may as well read through it and see what it had to say. It said a lot actually. The authors appear to be from the UK so some things were a little different but the gist was the same.
They spoke of the land and what kind of plot and location you might want for the amount of Self Sustainability you desire. My husband and I moved to a rural area onto 12 acres with two ponds 15 years ago. All set there.
Then they talked about having a self sufficient house. We did think about going with geo thermal heating and should we ever build a house we absolutely will but right now we can't justify the cost of installation and we don't want to attempt to install it ourselves. When we first moved in we had a well that was very saline filled. We immediately hooked up to city water. The house has full electric and gas hookups. I am not ready or willing to give up those comforts.
The next chapter instructed how to grow your own organic garden. We grow fruit trees and herbs. We also get a full garden of squash, pumpkins, tomatillos, etc....that grows all on it's own from the scraps we throw to our hogs. But I am not much of a gardener. I hate weeding so instead we belong to an Organic, local CSA and hit the farmer's markets in season.
When they got to animal husbandry, I have to admit, it got be hankering to raise cows. We currently raise laying hens, meat chickens, turkeys and hogs. I really would like to raise cows but Frank is not willing to go there so we will just continue to buy our beef from a local friend and farmer who has the same ethics in regards to raising animals.
The final chapter was all about preserving foods and I am all about that. I water bath can and freeze every season so that we can enjoy the harvest all year long. This year, for Christmas, Frank got me a pressure cooker canner that I am anxious to use.
When I finished the book I found that I am pretty content with the amount of Self-Sufficiency we have created. I also realized that this would be an excellent first read for Foodies Read 2016. I am linking up over at Based on a True Story. Hop on over and see who else has joined the challenge and what they have read so far. You can also learn how to join in the fun.....we would love to have you.