“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Monday, October 27, 2014

A new prepper just starting out.

Becca is working on a homestead, and all the things that initiates have to acquire knowledge about. I am sure, if you have time, that she would appreciate people coming by her blog.  If you can remember back that far, you know how hard it is to get off the ground.

The Popwell Homestead

13 comments:

  1. I popped over, and left a comment. :)

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    1. I appreciate it. When I first started into self sufficiency, there weren't "web pages" or blogs. There were bulletin boards but they were pretty much limited to guns then. I'm sure having some contacts with experience will be useful to her.

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  2. I feel like I'm always just starting out.

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    1. I feel that way sometimes, particularly if I make a mistake in planning or execution. It's good to have like minded spirits to discuss things with though, even if we are all different in some aspect or other.

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  3. I'm definitely still in the early stages. But, looking back on what I didn't know 3 years ago. Wow, I know how to can food (both water batch & pressure canning)! And so much more. Although I too still have soooo much more to learn. I haven't ventured into owning livestock .... yet.

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    1. Well, you've got the advantage of me there. I bought the books on canning, and some lids and jars, but never bought the pressure cooker. The problem for me is that , since I don't have a garden like so many people do, I have to buy the produce to can. That means it's actually cheaper for me to buy food already canned than to can it myself, even though our county has a first class cannery for the citizens to use, gratis.

      The other thing is that I can take produce to the Mormon cannery and they let you can it there very cheaply. Still, I should have that skill. It's on my list of "ought to do's."

      Do you read Leigh's blog? It's a good one on raising goats, pigs, etc. Here's the URL: http://www.5acresandadream.com/

      I have chickens, and I had goats but I had to find a home for them because they ate the fruit saplings, the side of the buildings, and parts of my truck but they never ate the meadow , which is what I got them for.

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    2. Harry,

      I do read Leigh's blog & love it! She is such a wealth of information. I also have her book. We are looking at goats & chickens to start with.

      Our Mormon cannery doesn't let you bring your own food in anymore. I learned quite a bit at our local extension office. But if you want to come in an can outside the classes, there is a fee. Not worth it unless you've got a whole bunch of people.

      My gardens are just experimental at this stage. Too shady in the city & not there to take care of in the country. That should all change next year, hopefully.

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  4. I always feel like a beginner as I'm always learning so much. I look at where I was just a year ago and think how much I've leant it amazes me. I guess thats what keeps it so interesting. I'll go have a look. Cheers Harry

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    1. There are a lot of people in self sufficiency community, all of them trying to improve their situations, and they frequently come up with new ideas. So no matter how long you have been at it, you can never be 100%, because you are always playing catch up. Almost all of us have weak spots in our strategies that have to be redressed. I think the main parameter for measuring a person's success in this life style is whether or not you are constantly improving.

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  5. We will convert you yet, Lady Lilith. The biggest areas of growth in self sufficiency believers over the last five years has certainly been amongst the Ladies.

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  6. Thank you so much for sending such helpful people my way. I really do appreciate it.

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    1. Glad to, Becca. The more of us there are, the better off the community is. Everybody brings strengths and ideas to the group.

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