Dear family and friends,
Some of you may not understand why we plan to grow our own wheat, or why I developed my 1-2-3 flour instead of just going to the store and buying flour. Others think we are crazy for wanting to raise our own chickens. The idea of aquaponics and growing our own trout may sound like sheer lunacy. Building a concrete house with “earth tubes” and being “off-grid” seems like a fad to you. Organic gardening and preserving our harvest may be thought of as a waste of time.
Let me explain ourselves.
We don’t want to hurt the earth anymore. We want our grandchildren and their grandchildren to enjoy nature and good food and excellent health. We don’t want to worry about chemicals in our vegetables, hormones in our meat, or corn DNA in our blood.
Our plan to build a concrete house with a metal roof on five acres in the forest comes from our
want need to be more self-reliant. Once the homestead is up and running, we won’t have a mortgage, we won’t be buying electricity and we won’t be purchasing fruits or vegetables, chicken or eggs, honey or wheat. We will grow/raise our own and preserve our harvest for the winter. This is our retirement plan.
With this plan, it will free up our pension money and savings to enjoy our golden years. Without a mortgage or a large utility bill, we should have extra money for entertainment, goods and services. Seeing Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon and the Canadian Rockies is on our bucket list. We enjoy going to the theater (both movies and live plays) and attending local festivals, such as the garlic festival in Gilroy and the asparagus festival in Stockton.
We don’t count on Social Security to last much longer (do you?) and under-funded pension plans are constantly in the news. So, by meeting our own basic needs (food, shelter, water, warmth), we won’t be severely inconvenienced if Social Security or our pension system collapses. You see, we are building our own form of social security!
We will buy or barter for grass fed beef and pork from someone else because raising large livestock is something we don’t chose to do. But, in the same breath, we also eat less beef and pork for our own health and the health of the planet. And for those nay-sayers who claim that we can never be truly self-sufficient, I say We Agree! Absolute self-sufficiency is not our goal. We certainly don’t want to cobble our own shoes, weave our own fabric or forge metal to make our own car. Our economy would collapse if there were no consumers of goods and services and that certainly isn’t our intent
Are we “Preppers”? Not really. But we do want to be prepared for an uncertain future.
So, this will be our retirement: gardening, taking care of chickens, trout and bees, camping in Yosemite and Yellowstone, going to the theaters, and of course visiting with friends and family. Is that so strange?
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