February 2018
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An Inexpensive Easy-to-Build Solar Oven

It’s not hard to imagine using the sun’s rays to heat water or generate electricity with solar panels. But did you know you can cook with the sun? A solar oven is surprisingly easy and inexpensive to build. It is especially good at slow cooking things like what you would make in a crock pot. […]

Six Months and Counting

It has been exactly 6 months since I started this blog, or more accurately since I created my first blog post. In reality, the blog started nearly 10 years ago when we moved to this property. Even though I just started writing recently, I started learning a long time ago. As we transform our property […]

A Fork in the Road

My WWOOFing journey began February 23rd, 2015. The first destination was in Ridgeville, South Carolina. Since then, I made my way across the country and eventually found myself in Northern California at a farm I now call my second home. That may seem to some like a trip of a lifetime. This is only the […]

It Takes a Community to Thrive in Tough Times

When I started this blog, I talked about how we are in the process of changing the way we live. The tagline of our blog is “One Family’s Journey to Self-Sufficiency” for a reason. It is a process that has affected each member of our family in different ways.

I spend a lot of […]

Are Rabbits the Next Hop on Our Journey to Self-Sufficiency?

When we decided to get chickens, I knew that might only be the beginning. I’ve always heard that chickens are called gateway animals. Now I know what they mean when they say that. After enjoying the benefits of eating fresh eggs every day, our family started talking about what might be next. I have already […]

Water Catchment and Storage with IBC Totes

Back in 2009 when I first started my garden, I discovered that vegetables can fade and die pretty quickly without water in our hot summer climate. Early on I would water the garden with city water without thinking twice about where it comes from or what is in it. As I learned about permaculture, I […]

Why I Don’t Trust Politicians

What follows is one man’s opinion about what is wrong with our current political system. I will explain why I don’t trust politicians anymore. With easier access to information on the Internet, it seems that more and more people are losing faith in politicians. Often it is because we feel the politicians keep screwing us […]

The Chick Is in the Mail

As early as 2009, I started thinking about getting chickens. I would always come up with some reason not to do it. Not enough free time. Too much work. Did I really want a bunch of chickens to take care of. I didn’t even like eggs that much. Of course that was because the eggs […]

Why Should We Grow Gardens?

Few things can help us on the journey to self-sufficiency more than a garden. Gardens can provide many benefits besides just producing vegetables. Digging in the dirt is good for your body as well as your mind. Tending a garden is relaxing and rewarding. Contact with microorganisms in the soil is good for our digestive […]

Where Do I Start?

How did it start? Nine years ago our family moved from a suburban home with an HOA to a farm. Mind you the farm is still in the middle of the suburbs but nonetheless it is a farm. We live on three acres that are zoned agricultural and there is no HOA. There are horses […]