Living sustainably is hard, especially bringing it into day to day activities. But, small changes in your life can reduce your use of Earth’s natural and personal resources. In a perfect world, we would have enough food, water, power, fuel and money to live a well-rounded and healthier life. But we don’t and these resources are not always readily available ( Flint, Michigan)
First things first: you do not have to move to a farm in the outback!
Being self-sufficient does not have to be extreme, it can be as minimal as you make it.
Take a look at our steps for beginners.
1. Build up an emergency food supply
Remove your dependence to outside food sources. Fill up a cupboard or a pantry with nonperishable food items.
2. Grow a vegetable garden
Living in an urban area doesn’t exempt you from growing a vegetable garden. Instead, grow a vertical one. You can use shelves, hanging baskets or trellises. Check out more here
3. Start an emergency fund
Emergencies happen, and you don’t want to find yourself in a bind when you don’t have the money. Start a separate account and pay yourself each week, whether it’s $5 or $50 a week.
4. Install an alternate fuel source
Start with an inexpensive portable generator or solar panels. Amazon has cheap options.
5. Control your health
Take care of your own health. Study your dietary needs and learn how to resolve minor health annoyances like the cold, flu or bug bites.
6. Make your own cleaning supplies
Making your own cleaning supplies will save you a lot of money, not to mention help remind you what toxins are in generic brands.
Learn how to make them here.
7. Be a fixer upper
Plumbing and electrical problems can be simple enough to repair, and easy enough to learn how to online or from MacGyver books. So save yourself some money and feel satisfied at your brilliant self-sufficiency.
8. Waste not, want not
Be accurate with the amount of food you purchase. Cook only what you will eat. You don’t want to throw away more than you should.
9. Be frugal
Buy second-hand clothes, furniture, kitchen appliances, books and movies. Amazon has always had “More buying choices”. Buy used and save a substantial amount.
10. Reduce & Reuse
Use your imagination! Or check out this site for some inspo. Make candles from light bulbs or use marbles to plug holes in fences.
Out of the 10 items on this list, start small and tackle 2 or 3. Keep going down the list until you’re satisfied that you have done your best. You’l find that self-sufficiency is self-gratifying as you work to live more independently.
No Muddy Farm needed.