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The joy of living self sufficient

Published 29/1/2015 on http://livingselfsufficient.wordpress.com by Barbara Scheltus - van den Berg

Imagine eating as many organic grapes, sweet as candy, as you can. The pride you feel with a colorfull salad from the garden, edible flowers on top. Or the joy of crispy potatoes, full of taste, fresh from the soil.
Growing your own food is so different from shopping for it!

Have you ever tasted a juicy & sweet homegrown tomato after you had one from the supermarket? Did you ever do a blindfold test with just another apple and one freshly picked from your organic orchard? Or have you heard the incredible difference in sound when cutting a bought potato and a fresh-from-the-garden-one? (“pfffffft” versus “kkggt”)

Convenience food is convenient, but eating can be so much more than just putting something in your stomach! I can get excited by the looks of the first ripe yellow tomatoes in early summer. Or a green apple that turns red. Or can you imagine the joy of bright green lambs lettuce or claytonia when the winter snow is melting! The first fresh greens!

Reasons to live self sufficient

For some people, living self sufficient is like returning to their roots. And I can imagine that this back to basic approach is appealing! Even when I lived in the city, I loved to “hunt” and gather food (fruits, nuts, goose eggs) from public parcs.

In the USA you can see more and more people preparing (“prepping”) themselves for “when disaster strikes”. They build up a self sufficient life out of fear for natural disasters or unexpected attacks. Also an option.
For others it is a money thing. You can save a lot of money by growing your own organic food. Not only on food but also on the dokter's bill and the fee of a gym.

Our reasons for living more & more self sufficient

Our reasons for living more self sufficient are born out of love for nature, self respect and an urge for living healthy. I am at the point that I'm not able to call these bright colored shiny candy things “food” anymore. And thank the universe: our kids (11 & 4) think alike! They don't trust things in plastic packaging that others call “food”.
For me living (food) self sufficient fits into my values and vision. I value sustainability, renewability, independency and love and good care for living beings. It also fits into my wish to incorporate permaculture in all aspects of my life.

I also enjoy our simple way of life. We eat what nature provides so our choices are limited. And that is a GOOD thing!

We love a more natural living, with the cycles of nature. In winter we live inside and take care of our personal insides. In summer we're outside and more open to the world. When the snow melts, we'll be able to pick claytonia and lambs lettuce. When the wild strawberries are ripe, we can exchange our winterclothes for t-shirts. When the apples are falling, the weather gets bad. And when the rose hips are sweet, it will be Christmas soon. (Who needs a calender!)

Vision

Imagine a world where everyone would live self sufficient and mind his own business!
Live will be about living, and taking care of the earth, your food and your body. We can skip the whole idea of money or ownership. Life will be more about creativity and what you can exchange with your neighbours for more variety.

The “mind your own business” part is to make sure there is no jealousy, suspicion, greed or war. Not necessary because nature gives abundant. Put 1 grain of corn in the soil and you'll get 200% - 300% return on investment! And add a 0 or two with fruit trees.
So when I am queen of the world, my only law will be: live self sufficient and mind your own business!


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