3 Tips: How To Start A Self-Sustaining Homestead
By Mac Slavo
It is possible to be completely self-sustaining. After all, our ancestors had this perfected over 100 years ago. With all the tyranny in the world right now, being free and owning yourself is truly a revolutionary act.
If you’re looking for a homestead that provides the means or funds to feed your animals and your family and can take care of the running and maintenance costs and anything else that may come around too, you have a lot of decisions to make and work to do! But the freedom you will gain will be incredible!
Not depending on anyone but yourself is the best way to eliminate tyranny. People all over the planet are awakening to the tyranny that’s been forced upon us, but one thing you can do is remove yourself from it. While creating a homestead may feel overwhelming at first, hopefully these three tips will help you at least get started!
- Don’t Waste Anything – most things, including the packaging, can be reused or composted. Thinking of ways to have little waste will also help your bottom line. Make “waste not, want not” your mantra. If you have more eggs than you can eat, try selling some or boiling them to feed to other animals. Don’t just throw anything away.
- Turn What You Can Into An Income Stream – Be Survival explained this well using an example:
Let’s say a 50 lb bag of chicken feed in your area costs $14.
You raise 5 laying hens that eat a 50 lb bag of feed once a month and provide 2 dozen eggs every week. Your family eats all two dozen eggs every week. The cost of the feed is the price you have paid for having fresh eggs on demand, a $3.50 loss every week.
Now let’s say you make an investment into a flock of 20 laying hens that eat a 50 lb bag of feed per week and provide 8 dozen eggs every week. Your family eats two dozen eggs a week. You sell 6 dozen eggs per week for $3.00 per dozen, making you $18 per week in egg money. This covers the $14 cost of the 50 lb bag of feed plus $4 profit in your pocket.
In the future, you make a one-time investment in extra fencing and a little wood so your hens can now free range most of the day. This cuts your feed costs in half. Now you’re profiting an additional $7 every week, for a total $11 profit every week for something that used to cost you $3.50 every week. –Be Survival
3. Grow Whatever You Can, Indoors and Outdoors – we don’t all live in a tropical paradise where fresh fruits and vegetables can be grown year-round. But this shouldn’t stop you! I know plenty of people who use greenhouses to extend their growing season, save and preserve their crops for winter eating, and even have small indoor gardens during the winter months.
You will need to figure out how you can grow fresh produce all the time. As mentioned above, nothing should be wasted. If you have extra, consider bartering or selling what you cannot eat, store, or feed to animals.
Learn to save your seeds so you have a constant supply of seeds to plant at all times, meaning you will have food when you need it.