Oh neat, PaulaJoAnne, you have so many wonderful goals and perspectives. I am a member of the Valley Church of Christ (between Knik and Higher Road on the Parks Hywy). My mom has been struggling with thyroid issues and infertility for years (after she had my brother and I in her early 20s). Thankfully she was able to regulate her thyroid with medication and God blessed her with two more children! She has since been working to regulate her thyroid more naturally under the guidance of a wonderful, naturally minded doctor.
We belong to a milk share out of Palmer that unfortunately has been downsizing recently. If we ever loose our source of fresh raw milk, I'll have to find out more about where you get yours. I participated in a CSA out of Palmer and got fresh, local veggies every week all summer (currently, my husband and I live in a small apartment--our indoor potted vegetables didn't perform well this year
). We also are a part of an organic co-op based in Anchorage that comes from a farm in Oregon called AzureStandard. Once a month a shipment of food is barged in (for just pennies per pound) with frozen organic meats, boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables, and all kinds of other useful things.
I love your goal of living self sufficiently. This summer with the gas prices so high, I wondered at the possibility of the trucks not running anymore. We, in Alaska, would be in serious trouble quickly as almost everything use for our health and sustanance comes from thousands of miles away. It's a lot of work, but I think it's a good way to live. We aren't quite there yet. I think a large requirement is owning a piece of land, at least. Some place where bees, chickens, and gardens can grow.
But these are mostly just dreams for me right now.