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Discussion in 'New Sufficient Self Member Introductions' started by sumi, Dec 31, 2017.

  1. Dec 31, 2017
    sumi

    sumi Sustainability Master Administrator

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    Please note: answering these questions are optional. These are just some things we'd like to know about you, your interests/hobbies/ skills, etc. Feel free to add or dismiss anything :)

    1. What state/province/country are you in and what is your climate like?
    2. Who or what inspired you to become more self sufficient?
    3. In what ways are you self sufficient now and in what ways would you like to learn more?
    4. Are you interested in stocking up for future needs?
    5. Do you make crafts or useful items? Would you want to teach others how to do these?
    6. Can you legally keep livestock where you are at? Do you have any? What kinds?
    7. Do you like to garden? If so, what do you enjoy growing?
    8. Do you fish? Bait or explosives?
    9. How much space/land do you have or rent? City? Country?
    10. What is your self sufficient specialty? Or what one would you like to learn?
    11. Do you do wood work? Framing, finish, cabinet?
    12. Are you interested in herbal medicine?
    13. If you could live any place you chose, where would it be?
    14. Do you use a wood stove for heating or cooking?
    15. Do you like to cook? Are you interested in whole foods and natural foods? Raw milk? Farm fresh eggs?
    16. Do you forage or hunt for part of your food needs?
    17. What skills do you have that help you be more self sufficient?
    18. Do you have solar panels? Plans to use solar energy?
    19. Have you ever lived completely off grid? Would you like to?
    20. Do you make things yourself to save money?
    21. Has trying to be more self-sufficient changed your attitude or habits about money/spending?
     
  2. Feb 11, 2018
    mythreesons290322

    mythreesons290322 Lovin' The Homestead

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    1. What state/province/country are you in and what is your climate like? NYS COLD.
    2. Who or what inspired you to become more self sufficient? Myself..I love learning anything to help save money.
    3. In what ways are you self sufficient now and in what ways would you like to learn more? I grow perennial’s because you buy it once and have food/medicinal plants for many years ..I grow a fruit orchard of 24 trees, lots of raspberry,blackberry,blueberry, gooseberry,currants,choke cherry, elderberry, juneberry bushes, rhubarb, walking onions, sunchokes, asparagus patch, herb gardens, mint gardens.
    4. Are you interested in stocking up for future needs? Always..it’s the way I am.
    5. Do you make crafts or useful items? Would you want to teach others how to do these? Yes, I crochet my dish clothes, blankets, make my own tinctures, make my laundry detergent, fabric softener, cleaners, newest is my all natural face cream which is used for my eye makeup remover and dry skin, I plan on going into making all of my own shampoo, deorderant, soaps ect...I’m a visual learner mostly so no I wouldn’t be able to teach I don’t think anyway.
    6. Can you legally keep livestock where you are at? Do you have any? What kinds? Yes, I have had chickens for 9yrs, when my boys were younger I was thinking of getting a miniature jersey cow for milk but didn’t.
    7. Do you like to garden? If so, what do you enjoy growing? Yes,it’s my heart, my passion and I live and breathe it to be honest.. I enjoy anything I can grow as I grow from seed which makes me feel so good to see something I grew yourself..
    8. Do you fish? Bait or explosives? I love to fish but don’t touch it or eat it..I’m Weird I know.
    9. How much space/land do you have or rent? City? Country? 3-acres we own well, the bank owns lol..Country, no offense to people that live in the city I just couldn’t do it..I like my privacy.
    10. What is your self sufficient specialty? Or what one would you like to learn? I don’t have one specialty I do many things to be self sufficient to save money. I think my sons and dh would say my homegrown homemade hot sauce and dandelion wine. I want to learn more about growing and using medicinal medicine.I make my own dandelion salve, comfrey salve and elderberry tinctures but want grow my own medicine.
    11. Do you do wood work? Framing, finish, cabinet? Nope..wish I did cause I want a huge functioning chicken coop..I love my chickens!
    12. Are you interested in herbal medicine? Answered this but this is very important to me.
    13. If you could live any place you chose, where would it be? The south where I could grow almost year round.
    14. Do you use a wood stove for heating or cooking? Yes, for our heat. Have used fir cooking when we lost power.
    15. Do you like to cook? Are you interested in whole foods and natural foods? Raw milk? Farm fresh eggs? I love to cook, make many of my foods from scratch, grow herbs to dehydrate to make my own seasoning blends. Natural foods, raw milk..my family owned farms and I grew up on raw milk until they sold our cows, yes, homestead fresh eggs from my chickens.
    16. Do you forage or hunt for part of your food needs? Yes,since my apple trees haven’t given me squat I forage wild apple trees for all my apple pie filling, applesauce, apple butter, apple juice, dehydrated apple slices (I vacuum seal in quart jars)and apple juice that I can to last until the next growing season..blackcap’s are also foraged to make my jam for the year.
    17. What skills do you have that help you be more self sufficient? To many to list.
    18. Do you have solar panels? Plans to use solar energy? No..but, I would love to have solar someday.
    19. Have you ever lived completely off grid? Would you like to? Nope,nada,never.. I don’t think so I love my modern technology.
    20. Do you make things yourself to save money? Yes, to many to list.
    21. Has trying to be more self-sufficient changed your attitude or habits about money/spending? I started this lifestyle to save money now it’s just part of who I am.
     
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  3. Mar 1, 2018
    Emmanuelle Soumeilhan

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    1. What state/province/country are you in and what is your climate like?
    I live in central VT. We still have snow here right now, although it is melting fast. Temperatures went down to -25F this winter!
    2. Who or what inspired you to become more self sufficient?
    I have always been a do it yourself kind of person but never really had a chance to do it until I got divorced. So now I am and I am so excited!
    3. In what ways are you self sufficient now and in what ways would you like to learn more?
    I need to learn more about carpentry, animal husbandry, gardening in the winter and food preservation methods. I also would like to learn more about the renewable energy systems that I could use. I also need to work on insulating my house.
    4. Are you interested in stocking up for future needs?
    To some extent, there is always a room and organization problem. My house is small.
    5. Do you make crafts or useful items? Would you want to teach others how to do these?
    I knit and spin my own yarn
    6. Can you legally keep livestock where you are at? Do you have any? What kinds?
    I only have chickens right now and can legally do it. I live in the smallest capital of the US and it is a progressive town. I can have any livestock I want as long as my neighbors are not bothered
    7. Do you like to garden? If so, what do you enjoy growing?
    Love Gardening! I love everything I grow. Kale, tomatoes, cabbages, beets, carrots, beans, peas etc... the variety is what drives me.
    8. Do you fish? Bait or explosives?
    Rarely.
    9. How much space/land do you have or rent? City? Country?
    City. 1 acre of land including the tiny house.
    10. What is your self sufficient specialty? Or what one would you like to learn?
    Anything and everything that allows me to feed my family and friends and keeps my bills in check.
    11. Do you do wood work? Framing, finish, cabinet?
    No
    12. Are you interested in herbal medicine?
    Yes a little but I have not had time to really delve into it. I do grow basic medicinal herbs though...
    13. If you could live any place you chose, where would it be?
    On a few more acres on a gentle slope of a Vermont hill out in the country more.
    14. Do you use a wood stove for heating or cooking?
    Heating wood
    15. Do you like to cook? Are you interested in whole foods and natural foods? Raw milk? Farm fresh eggs?
    Yes to all. I have my own chickens and cook a lot with natural foods only.
    16. Do you forage or hunt for part of your food needs?
    Not really although I would like to start with mushrooms a little more.
    17. What skills do you have that help you be more self sufficient?
    Work hard and ingenious. Good at researching subjects
    18. Do you have solar panels? Plans to use solar energy?
    I would love to have some but I do not.
    19. Have you ever lived completely off grid? Would you like to?
    No. I think this would be more than I can handle at this time.
    20. Do you make things yourself to save money?
    Sometimes but often enough it is too expensive to do it myself.
    21. Has trying to be more self-sufficient changed your attitude or habits about money/spending?
    Yes
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    1. What state/province/country are you in and what is your climate like? NYS COLD.
    2. Who or what inspired you to become more self sufficient? Myself..I love learning anything to help save money.
    3. In what ways are you self sufficient now and in what ways would you like to learn more? I grow perennial’s because you buy it once and have food/medicinal plants for many years ..I grow a fruit orchard of 24 trees, lots of raspberry,blackberry,blueberry, gooseberry,currants,choke cherry, elderberry, juneberry bushes, rhubarb, walking onions, sunchokes, asparagus patch, herb gardens, mint gardens.
    4. Are you interested in stocking up for future needs? Always..it’s the way I am.
    5. Do you make crafts or useful items? Would you want to teach others how to do these? Yes, I crochet my dish clothes, blankets, make my own tinctures, make my laundry detergent, fabric softener, cleaners, newest is my all natural face cream which is used for my eye makeup remover and dry skin, I plan on going into making all of my own shampoo, deorderant, soaps ect...I’m a visual learner mostly so no I wouldn’t be able to teach I don’t think anyway.
    6. Can you legally keep livestock where you are at? Do you have any? What kinds? Yes, I have had chickens for 9yrs, when my boys were younger I was thinking of getting a miniature jersey cow for milk but didn’t.
    7. Do you like to garden? If so, what do you enjoy growing? Yes,it’s my heart, my passion and I live and breathe it to be honest.. I enjoy anything I can grow as I grow from seed which makes me feel so good to see something I grew yourself..
    8. Do you fish? Bait or explosives? I love to fish but don’t touch it or eat it..I’m Weird I know.
    9. How much space/land do you have or rent? City? Country? 3-acres we own well, the bank owns lol..Country, no offense to people that live in the city I just couldn’t do it..I like my privacy.
    10. What is your self sufficient specialty? Or what one would you like to learn? I don’t have one specialty I do many things to be self sufficient to save money. I think my sons and dh would say my homegrown homemade hot sauce and dandelion wine. I want to learn more about growing and using medicinal medicine.I make my own dandelion salve, comfrey salve and elderberry tinctures but want grow my own medicine.
    11. Do you do wood work? Framing, finish, cabinet? Nope..wish I did cause I want a huge functioning chicken coop..I love my chickens!
    12. Are you interested in herbal medicine? Answered this but this is very important to me.
    13. If you could live any place you chose, where would it be? The south where I could grow almost year round.
    14. Do you use a wood stove for heating or cooking? Yes, for our heat. Have used fir cooking when we lost power.
    15. Do you like to cook? Are you interested in whole foods and natural foods? Raw milk? Farm fresh eggs? I love to cook, make many of my foods from scratch, grow herbs to dehydrate to make my own seasoning blends. Natural foods, raw milk..my family owned farms and I grew up on raw milk until they sold our cows, yes, homestead fresh eggs from my chickens.
    16. Do you forage or hunt for part of your food needs? Yes,since my apple trees haven’t given me squat I forage wild apple trees for all my apple pie filling, applesauce, apple butter, apple juice, dehydrated apple slices (I vacuum seal in quart jars)and apple juice that I can to last until the next growing season..blackcap’s are also foraged to make my jam for the year.
    17. What skills do you have that help you be more self sufficient? To many to list.
    18. Do you have solar panels? Plans to use solar energy? No..but, I would love to have solar someday.
    19. Have you ever lived completely off grid? Would you like to? Nope,nada,never.. I don’t think so I love my modern technology.
    20. Do you make things yourself to save money? Yes, to many to list.
    21. Has trying to be more self-sufficient changed your attitude or habits about money/spending? I started this lifestyle to save money now it’s just part of who I am.

     
  4. Mar 2, 2018
    sumi

    sumi Sustainability Master Administrator

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    Welcome to the forum! :frow
     
  5. Mar 2, 2018
    milkmansdaughter

    milkmansdaughter Super Self-Sufficient

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    @Emmanuelle Soumeilhan, welcome to the group! It sounds like you'll fit right in here, and your input on gardening in small spaces will be welcomed. It was just recently a topic here with everyone discussing their plans for this year's gardens. I'll be looking forward to hearing more from you. :)
     
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  6. Mar 2, 2018
    frustratedearthmother

    frustratedearthmother Sustainability Master

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  7. Apr 29, 2018
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  8. Apr 29, 2018
    milkmansdaughter

    milkmansdaughter Super Self-Sufficient

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    Hi Meg! Welcome to the group. There are a lot of gardeners here, and most of us have chickens. Quite a few of us have ducks.
    I also have about 3 acres (2 are ours and 1 belongs to the state) chickens, and usually a big garden. I hope you'll like it here!
     
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  9. Apr 29, 2018
    sumi

    sumi Sustainability Master Administrator

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    Hi Meg, welcome to the forum!
     
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  10. Jul 20, 2018
    Shannonk

    Shannonk Frugally lurking

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    1. What state/province/country are you in and what is your climate like? Ohio its hot today could be snow tomorrow LMAO
    2. Who or what inspired you to become more self sufficient? Just learning new things, I'm a DIY kinda person
    3. In what ways are you self sufficient now and in what ways would you like to learn more?
    4. Are you interested in stocking up for future needs? Sure
    5. Do you make crafts or useful items? Would you want to teach others how to do these?No I wish I did
    6. Can you legally keep livestock where you are at? Do you have any? What kinds? Yes we have 12 chickens,2 pigs and a Angus cow
    7. Do you like to garden? If so, what do you enjoy growing? Yes ,tomatoes
    8. Do you fish? Bait or explosives? Yes , Bait
    9. How much space/land do you have or rent? 6 acres City? No Country? Yes
    10. What is your self sufficient specialty? Or what one would you like to learn?
    11. Do you do wood work? Framing, finish, cabinet? Yes I help. We built a 2 horse stall and a horse shelter for when we had horses, but we just framed in the horse shelter and turned it into a chicken coop, also built a chcken brooder
    12. Are you interested in herbal medicine? Yes
    13. If you could live any place you chose, where would it be? Not sure on that one
    14. Do you use a wood stove for heating or cooking? Yes for heating
    15. Do you like to cook? Are you interested in whole foods and natural foods? Raw milk? Farm fresh eggs? Yes, yes, no, yes
    16. Do you forage or hunt for part of your food needs? My fiance hunts deer, turkey, pigs, rabbit and squirrels
    17. What skills do you have that help you be more self sufficient? To many to list
    18. Do you have solar panels? Plans to use solar energy? No would like to
    19. Have you ever lived completely off grid? Would you like to? No and probably not i love watching tv, cellphones and my tablet
    20. Do you make things yourself to save money? Sometimes i make soap
    21. Has trying to be more self-sufficient changed your attitude or habits about money/spending? No not really
     

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