Do you have self-sufficiency goals for 2019? We have a few, to be exact we have a list of 25 Self-Sufficiency Goals for 2019 and every day I am finding new ways to be more self-sufficient. We’d love to invite you to join us while we chip away at each goal turning it into a reality for our family. Over the next 300 days or so we will be sharing with you our journey, including any setbacks, mistakes, lessons learned, and of course our successes. We hope to inspire and encourage you on your own journey toward you self-sufficiency goals for 2019. If you’d like to accept our invitation, please sign up using the form below 🙂
D and I have this crazy idea! We’d love to be able to grow and raise 50-75% of all our family’s food by the end of 2019. Funny thing though, it is late February and so far the only thing producing food for us is our five layers. We are also situated on less than 4 acres of land and much of that is wooded and some of our land is pretty sloped. Needless to say, we have a challenge ahead of us and a ton of work to do if we hope to see this become a reality.
The biggest challenge, though, is not going to be any of these goals, or even the land issues….no the biggest challenge is going to be changing our habits. We have all gotten so used to the convenience that grocery and big box stores give to us that we have gotten quite lazy about the way we live.
D and I were going over our goals for this year, and I’ll admit, it is a pretty big feat to take on. But we serve an even bigger God and I’m not so foolish that I would ever think we could do this without Him. We have dreams, we have a vision, and we have a plan on how to get us from where we are now, to where we’d like to see ourselves in a year.
If I am being honest, currently my family is totally dependant on the grocery store to provide all of our food except the eggs we get from our layers. We are dependant on outside sources to provide all of our household, cleaning, and personal hygiene products. Our electric and heat sources come straight from the power plant, through the power lines and into an electrical box on the outside wall of our “future pantry.” I would like to see much of that change for my family this year and I have a few ideas on how to make it happen!
Our Self-Sufficiency Goals For 2019
- Cook all our meals from scratch
- All bread products from scratch
- Make our own noodles
- Begin growing herbs we use the most
- Begin growing herbs for tea & medicinal purposes
- Plant fruit bushes
- Plant a 32×50 garden
- Seed Saving
- Expand our laying flock
- Raise chickens for meat
- Raise pigs for pork
- Make all our own baked goods & snacks from scratch
- Install a wood stove
- Plant fruit trees
- Rain catchment system for animal’s water and for watering the garden
- Make our own jam/jelly
- Raising Worms for gardening and compost
- Preserve all we raise and or grow
- Do our own processing of animals
- Raise rabbits (not sure if we’ll raise them for meat, but their poo is great for fertilizer and they are a good source of income).
- Repurpose, reuse, recycle
- Begin learning about all things solar
- Learn how to sew
We have approximately 318 days left to make this happen and I really do have high hopes that by December 31st we will be sitting in a much different position than we are today. I’d like to invite you to join us by signing up using the form below. Also, if you could share this post we would really appreciate it. The more homesteading, self-sufficient living, recipe loving people we have to join our community, the more we can encourage and inspire one another!
Happy Homesteadin’ and God Bless,