Become A Self-Reliant American, Part 1
What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, from essay entitled “Self-Reliance”
by Shari Dovale
Self-reliance is all about the confidence you have in your ability to provide for yourself and your loved ones. This includes several aspects, such as thinking independently, and reaching goals that you have set for yourself. To be dependent on others means to run the risk of help not always being available.
With the current political climate, there is a need more than ever to be self-sufficient. There are supply shortages that are affecting everyone from the global community down to your local community. Trucks are not able to travel to areas of unrest, and there is no realistic view that this will not extend and get worse.
We hope to cover several aspects of being self-reliant in this series of articles, with this first one focusing on storage of food and basic supplies.
How much should you store for your family?
We have several lists from various sources showing what they feel a family might need. We have chosen to share a list from Rep. Matt Shea.
Shea has been teaching skills to reach a self-reliant lifestyle for many years. He has put together this list as a basic start for homesteaders and those wanting to be self-sufficient. This article will focus on the food and sundries portion of the list.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life.
Turning your lifestyle into that of homesteading can be done anywhere. Whether you live in an apartment in the city or a small home in the suburbs, you can adapt various aspects to your unique location.
Learn to Garden – Even a beginning garden can wield some vegetables for your family. It is a skill that is vital to your self-sustaining lifestyle.
Consider bartering for food and/or the skills and supplies you might need, from neighbors.
If you do not have a plot of land that is conducive to planting a large garden, then plant a small garden in containers.
Build a Pantry – Space to store your bounty is another issue that must be faced. If you live in a small apartment, or a home without a basement, it can be daunting to know how to keep enough food in stock. If you have the space, build a root cellar.
Reducing the worry of how to keep your family fed will jump-start your confidence in your ability to be self-reliant. In turn, you will be able to concentrate your focus on other aspects of your family’s independence.
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