Found this great video about growing 100% of your own food and how difficult it is. An interesting point that he talks about is how to achieve this, you cannot do it independently, you must work with a community to be successful. I will warn you that at certain points he starts talking in a very “new age” type of vernacular, running from point to point, but I gleaned some interesting things regardless.
So I have been inspired by the folks at Path To Freedom. While I don’t ever think I will go as far as they do, I really want to bring in allot of things that they do into my life. I have recently just installed a new raised bed, which I planted Lima Beans, Snap Peas, Mustard, Spinach, Rosemary and Lavender. I of course want to expand this, but I will have to wait till next season.
The next thing I tried to do is to have chickens. I wanted 3 Hens to get my own eggs, after researching, choosing a coop design, finding out where I can get chickens the Home Owners Association shot me down.
Apparently someone had hatched 50 chicks from eggs for an activity with their kid, then realized “aww crap I have 50 chickens” and let them go amuck in the neighborhood. Needless to say, the Home Owners Association were jaded and my hands tied.
Just tonight I tried baking my own bread, with aspirations of never needing to go to the grocery store and knowing what was in my bread, I was excited! As it turns out this excitement was justified!
Even better, it takes only 4 ingredients, all of which you might already have and are really cheap to get anywhere. I found this great recipe that is stupid simple and taste great too! The best part is from start to finish, it took 4 hours including proofing, rising, etc.
I had a bit of trouble with the dough being so sticky then I found the video below. So basically use the recipe and directions at this website here. But incorporate the techniques of the video below to overcome the stickiness. The final product was below, nothing fancy, but for a first time it doesn’t look bad and it tasted amazing!