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Becoming Self Sufficient - 4 Ways To Become Part Of The Sustainable Living Movement

Updated on October 3, 2016

4 Easy Ways To Become Self Sustaining

There is a movement underway to become self sustaining or self reliant by growing vegetables, raising farm animals and reducing your carbon blueprint. The sustainable living movement is growing in leaps and bounds. Many people are looking for ways to become self sustaining. There are four easy ways to get closer to becoming self sustaining and become part of the sustainable living movement.

Become Self Sustaining - 4 Ways You Can Be Self Sustaining

The goal of more and more people these days is to become more self sustaining and to do that they turn to raising animals and growing vegetables to reduce their dependence on the national food chain. Being part of the sustainable living movement also means that you are reducing waste and your carbon foot print.

There are a lot of options available to become self sustaining or self reliant. A growing number of people who are becoming part of the sustainable living movement are chosing to go all the way and grow their own food, make their own bread and slaughter their own meat. They barter and trade for as many items as possible so that they are as self sustaining as possible.

Is this life for you? You don't have to go all the way to be part of the sustainable living movement. There are some simple and fairly inexpensive ways that you can move towards being more self sustaining.

There are four ways that are fairly easy to implement to become more self sustaining.

Choice One - Growing Vegetables

Become Part Of The Sustainable Living Movement

Growing Vegetables In Your Backyard

The benefits of growing vegetables in your backyard include being able to plant what you can eat or what you think you can sell. Some people opt just to grow what their family can eat and that is great. There is nothing the like the taste of a freshly picked tomato, strawberry, cucumber or lettuce.

But if you want to kick it up a notch and you have the extra space, you might for example consider planting 15 or 20 tomato plants and making your own salsa, tomato sauce, spagetti sauce, etc. You can learn to can and put them up for the winter. If your plants produce enough product, you won't have to buy hardly any during the winter and you may be lucky enough not to have to buy any. You can do this with just about anything you want to grow including peppers, green beans, squash, etc. The sky is the limit for what you can grow and can.

If you grow enough product, you will have extras that you sell to people in your area. Farmers markets are popping up all across the country and are very popular. If you have enough vegetables, you can actually sell them and make money.

Choice Two - Raising Backyard Chickens For Eggs And Meat

Become Part Of The Sustainable Living Movement

Raising Chickens

A big part of the sustainable living movement is to keep laying chickens either caged or as a free range flock to be able to cut dependence of grocery bought food and reduce your carbon foot print. Chicken raising is pretty easy to do as long as you have even a plot of land, some fencing and a hen house. For those people who can build things themselves, it is really easy to get something suitable set up in no time at all. There are tons of chicken coop blueprints online that you can get for reasonable prices so that you can have a beautiful, functional and unique chicken coop for your chicken flock. Even if you have a very small area, you can find a chicken coop to meet your needs.

Chickens are pretty easy to keep healthy and happy as long as you meet their basic needs of food, water and shelter. Feed them a commercial chicken feed and any fruits or veggies that you want to. If you have a garden they enjoy tomatos, cucumbers, carrots, beets, chards, lettuce, any fruit or veggies peelings that you have, etc. They will appreciate the treats and it will lead to better tasting eggs.

Choice Three - Keeping Rabbits

Become Part Of The Sustainable Living Movement

Raising Rabbits

Rabbit keeping is on the rise as well and the cage rabbit is easy to keep and care fore. The meat is very good and again, you know where your food source has been and what it has eaten. The main advantage of keeping rabbits is that they don't require a lot of space. They can be kept in cages or runs as long as they are kept in a well ventilated shed, barn or garage. The cages or runs need to be predator proof or you will quickly lose a bunch of your rabbits.

A quick note on how to feed your rabbits. Your rabbits, unlike your chickens, cannot be allowed to free range or you would lose too many of them. So their diet is very important and they are more expensive to keep than chickens. Your rabbits should not be fed only pellet type rabbit feed. This can lead to stomach problems over time because they don't have enough roughage in their diets. Top breeders recommend that only about fifty percent of the rabbits diet should be pellets and the rest needs to be some type of coarse grass like timothy, meadow grass or mulch grass. You can give them fresh veggies but only kale, collards, spinach and other similar vegetables.

Choice Four - Keep A Herd Of Goats

Become Part Of The Sustainable Living Movement

Raising Goats

Keeping goats is on the rise in popularity these days. They are friendly little animals and make great pets. But before you decide to get into keeping goats, you need to do your research. The advantages of keeping goats are that they provide great milk and meat and they are great weed eaters.

But some of the disadvantages include the fact that they need more room to roam, they are expert escape artists so they very sturdy fencing and they are going to cost more to feed than chickens and rabbits. Your goats will need a feed made for goats as well as grass or hay. They will eat most anything, and I do mean anything so keep an eye on them.

I have a friend that raises and sells the extra kids at a local auction for extra money. It helps keep her herd under control as well as brings in extra income.

Change Your Life - Become Self Sufficient

Join The Sustainable Living Movement

These are just four easy and fairly inexpensive ways to start becoming more self sustaining and become part of the sustainable living movement. Sustainable living is the new buzz word these days and it is becoming huge these days as more and more people. You can take this as far as you want or just dabble in it. Some people work very hard and are able to be completely self sustaining but it takes an incredible amount of work and dedication.

You can obviously just keep chickens for their eggs and goats for their milk or if you can get over your squeamishness, you can also keep them as well as rabbits for fresh meat. You don't have to do this to become part of the "sustainable living movement". This route is not for everyone but if you can do it, it is a huge step towards being more self sustaining and it is very rewarding.


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      Evelyn Saenz 5 years ago from Royalton

      Interesting read. I am looking for ways to become more self sufficient. Thanks for the tips.

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      cottagecrafts 5 years ago

      Thumbs up from Cottage Craft Works.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      As food prices go up, this is becoming more and more appealing.

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      Rachel Field 7 years ago

      Great ideas here - thanks for making this lens :) I'm hoping to grow vegetables one day - I have a tiny concreted over backyard with hardly any light but right at the end there's a really warm sunny spot - I've been thinking about getting some sort of tub to grow veg in.