For the past 4 years I have been working very hard to provide my family with a mainly local diet. It is hard. We have been fortunate enough to find an excellent farm where we can get a CSA each summer. It has definitely helped in my desire to eat only local, organic food. We also have a great farmers’ market, which provides pretty much anything you could ever want food wise. Meat, dairy, more produce than imaginable, baked goods (yum!), we lucked out.

I love that we have all these options for buying local food, but I have been wanting to be more self sufficient with our food. It seems like it hasn’t been the time for me to venture into growing my own food, but I am hoping that I can make preparations for 2012 and at that point achieve what I have been thinking about for so long.

I want to get chickens. Our city recently changed the zoning to allow 6 laying hens. My husband actually agreed to it, I think in a moment of weakness, last summer when everything with the sewer lines happened. We eat a lot of eggs, and paying $5/dozen at the farm is not the most economical, not that I know how much a dozen eggs would cost from our own layers. I am hoping to convince Matt to build something for the chickens this spring, and then hopefully get some chicks from the feed store. Then I can have all summer to figure out how to keep said chickens warm in the winter…hmmm…may need to research that.

My desire is to be as self sufficient as possible. I think that we have a lot to overcome as far as plans and implementing plans, but it is possible. Not that we could be completely self sufficient. Obviously I don’t have enough land to grow wheat, but if I could grow most of the veggies we use, and then have the eggs for protein, I would be doing quite well. It would be nice to be able to barter, but I have no network for bartering right now, nor anything to actually bring to the table for bartering. I want to be able to repurpose materials from the junk yard for the outside buildings we need to build (or Matt needs to build). But, I don’t actually know how to do that…maybe if I had 5 minutes I could call someone. I should work on finding those 5 minutes of quiet in my house.

Am I crazy to think that I could provide so much from my little homestead? Is it silly to even try? And how do I manage all that I want to do with being a mama to littles and having a husband who could really care less about me growing tomatoes, let alone the chickens I want to get?

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