Thursday, November 29, 2012
Our Journey with Self-Sustainable Living
It all started a few years ago when my husband took up hiking (up mountains) as a sport. It gradually turned into an even bigger interest of how to do things "naturally" in the wood like in the old days. Now, this type of information has always appealed to me. One of my favorite books as a child was Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen and that was followed by Brian's Winter. Even as a child, any book that revolved around living in the wild got me completely absorbed in it's story, I loved them!
Through our research of self-sustainability, it led us to learn more about the environment, society and food in general. I was more focused on the environment food, healthy eating, and natural healing as it all tied in together. Well, truth be told, the self-sustainable living also has an extremely strong foothold in all of this as well.
We lived the typical life in the city at the time and never had any money. Everything went to bills and constantly working, there was never any living and we were tired of it. We were tired of feeling like puppets for the government and society, we wanted to live OUR way.
After about a year and a half of researching, we decided that we were going to go off-grid. We didn't have a set plan of how we were going to do this, but darnit, we WERE going to do it. First thing we did was move out of our house. We bought an RV and this year we bought our 16 acres of land in MO. From the point we fully decided we were going to do this, it took us one year to find land, buy it and move on it. Not even a solid plan of how we were going to get to where we wanted, but we just believed it was going to happen, and it is!
This next year will be spent on building an eco-home. There are so many options from earthship, to earthbag, cinderblock, cob, haybale, cordwood and many more...
Eco home, solar panels, rain catching, donkeys, chickens, goats, garden, green house - oh my, I can't wait!