Those who know us well know of our interest in and awareness of current events and how they will affect the future of America. I’m certain that there are an equally substantial number of people who have remained our “Facebook friends” but have blocked us on their news feed because we induced eye-rolling with our passionate postings on the subjects of economy, oil, collapse, and transition. Perhaps others who think we’ve lost our minds. Nonetheless, we feel strongly about preparing for the worst and hoping for the best. In that vein, we are eagerly cultivating a self-sustaining lifestyle, nursing it to life little by little.
The first step: Land.
We are putting our hearts and souls into ensuring our future will be rich, safe, and full of love. After months of dedicated self-education, we feel that the best way to do so is to create an environment where we can be self-sustaining. That place is a farm with enough acreage to support a large garden, poultry, and livestock. Fresh water. An ample population of game.
We were fortunate beyond reason to have found a ten acre wooded lot that backs up to a state park. It is, literally, a one mile walk from the southwest corner of our property to a lush, beautiful spring head. A well on our land will someday draw from that sweet spring water.
At the moment, we are taking baby steps towards our goal of living there. We don’t know how long it will take us to get there. So many things to do… clear the underbrush ($rent a bush hog), drill a well ($$hire a well driller), fence the property ($$$fencing, posts, and gates), put a mobile home on the lot ($$$$$requiring the seemingly impossible task of causing $10,000 and a co-buyer to materialize out of thin air), building a phenomenally brilliant combination garden/compost heap/chicken coop ($$$genius ideas are seldom free in their execution), acquiring livestock ($$$$), planting a garden ($$$), and many other necessary preparations.
Sometimes the task seems insurmountable, but we hope to someday see it come to fruition. Until then, we will continue to take baby steps.