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40 Ways to Become More Self-Sufficient

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One of the main reasons we wanted to have our own farm is to become more self-sufficient, live off the land, hunt for food or raise food, etc.

No more dependence on the grocery store for veggies and fruits.

No more dependence on the grocery store for meat, or dairy.

Sure, there are some things that we’d have to buy, like baking soda for instance, but for the most part, we wanted to be as independent as humanly possible without being miserable.

I have toyed with the idea of attempting to try eating purely things we’ve either grown, raised, or hunted… but, honestly, that sounds super tedious and I’m not quite sure I’m ready for that yet.

Not to mention, I’m not sure I want to give up quick cook oatmeal just yet for the kids

 40 Skills to Help Your Family Become More Self-Sufficient

With all of that in mind, I’ve been jotting down ideas for things that could be done by myself and others to become more self-sufficient in our own lives.

The list below is not exhaustive by any means, and you’ll likely find things I haven’t mentioned.

These are merely things I am inclined to try for myself and wanted to share with others as well. 

growing food to become more self-sufficient

Grow Your Own Food

1. Grow culinary herbs

2. Grow medicinal herbs

3. Use your lawn for a garden space

4. Build a compost pile

5. Try container gardening

6. Grow vegetables and fruits to sell at the farmers market 

milking a goat to become more self-sufficient

Raise Animals for Meat, Dairy, and Eggs

7. Raise chickens

8. Hunt for food

9. Learn how to butcher your own animals

10. Start a farm share

11. Raise meat rabbits

12. Raise turkeys

13. Buy some ducks

14. Dig a pond and raise fish to eat

15. Raise dairy animals (goats, sheep, or cows)

16. Take a hide tanning class

17. Start a bee colony

18. Render your own fat

19. Learn to make butter, cheese, and yogurt

sewing clothes to become more more self-sufficient

Learn Old-Fashion Skills

20. Hang clothes to dry outside

21. Save money by ditching the TV

22. Learn to sew your own clothes

23. Learn how to weave cloth

24. Start spinning your own yarn

25. Make your own candles

learning to crochet to become more self-sufficient

26. Learn how to knit or crochet

27. Consider adding a gray water system to your house

28. Make your own soap, laundry detergent, dish soap

29. Ditch chemicals and use natural cleaners

30. Learn to build a fire

31. Start canning your own food

32. Learn how to tap trees (if there are any in your area)

33. Make your own food from scratch

34. Learn how to build your own buildings

fermenting foods to become more self-sufficient

35. Learn how to ferment foods

36. Forage for foods

37. Make your own medicines, salves, tinctures, and more

38. Learn how to barter

39. Learn from others

40. Call on your neighbors when in need

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