I’m jealous. Our city won’t allow chickens or bees… I would have chickens in a second if we could. In fact, I went to a chicken keeping and bee-keeing seminar just a month ago.
I have been losing sleep the past few nights trying desperately to figure out how we can build our healthy, off-grid house, home-school the kids (or at least have someone home with them until they ago to school), have a good veggie garden, chickens (for eggs of course), and still be close enough to the city for DSS to get to school, and DH and I to not commute too far… and which of us would quit our job? Me (I make more than DH), or DH (He likes his job better)…
Or do we just keep on like we have been doing?
So I jumped ahead & started a new thread I am big on living off the grid, self sustained living, urban homesteading, backyard farms & all the other different ways one calls it when trying to live in such a way that you are as dependent on your own sustainable resources as possible. I totally get the want to do it AND the stress that sometimes (often times? lol) follows as you begin to make those changes. Within the last couple of years my husband and I have taken a serious step in this direction, after talking about it nearly our entire married life. Part of my reason for pushing it is my kids are small but growing fast and I want them to be raised with these experiences.
We are starting small - one thing at a time! Although I'm so type A that I often have to remind myself that the process is often a slow one and it's okay! I think being a good steward over what you currently own is a positive start in the right direction & how I had to start looking at things so that I could be happy with where I currently was.
Our first steps started in our backyard. Making our garden friendlier & richer so our plants would grow, we bought chickens - although I realize not everyone is able to do that & if not look into supporting local farms by buying farm fresh eggs when you can afford it or look into co-ops for things like chickens, goat milk, cow milk & so forth, we are also using a clothes line to dry our clothes instead of relying on our dryer 100% of the time, we've joined co-ops that support our local farmers, we compost & use a lot of what's in our backyard & our own "waste" to feed that compost - I've recently started looking into worms (red wigglers) for composting b/c it works so weel & we are doing everything we can to get out of debt - including our mortgage payments.
I think sometimes if you simply put a plan into place, it puts your wants out there & makes them more solid than if you just day dream about them. KWIM?
My next big want is to get two nigerian dwarf goats - we aren't zoned for them but let me tell you I have spent LOTS of time trying to figure out how they would fit in my backyard LOL :doh:
Oh! And some magazines I love - Mother Earth News is a good one. They are on facebook, they have a website & an awesome magazine. I also love a local one called Edible Wasatch which connects community farming/gardens & green friendly/self sustaining restaurants & ppl together. Doing google searches has lead me to some great blogs & websites as well.