The quest for self-sufficiency seems intimidating and exciting.
The quest for self-sufficiency seems intimidating and exciting. In our modern society, the question remains: "Can a family really be self-sufficient?"


More and more people are looking for ways to become more self-sufficient. In a world that is full of consumers, it's hard to imagine going backward in time and producing the necessary items for our family. However, many people prefer a harder lifestyle with greater rewards. Those rewards may not be of monetary value, but rather the knowledge that you have the skills required to live.

Gaining Financial Independence

Before you can truly be self-sufficient, a plan to become financially independent is a must. Outstanding debts should be paid off. You need to pay for the land and home with cash ideally unless you have a secure at-home job that allows you to make payments without concern.

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Grow Your Own Food

Think about all of the food your family needs throughout the year. It seems like a daunting task, but it is best to start off small. When you think about growing and producing all of your food, that also includes meat, dairy, and grains! So, you have to remember that you need to grow food for the animals.

What you grow will depend on your individual family needs as well as the climate you live. Some things you might want to grow includes:
  • Corn
  • Potatoes
  • Green Beans
  • Peas
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Wheat
It doesn't end there. Chances are you will want to grow things such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and zucchinis. Herbs should fill your garden beds. You'll also want several fruit trees and berry bushes.

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Then you have to consider animals. Chickens are the first choice for most people. They are easy to raise and tend to throughout the year. Chickens are also the easiest animal to raise for meat. Depending on the size of your property, pigs, cows, and goats are options as well.

Make Energy

Unless you want to live by food and candlelight, electricity is a necessity. There are several ways to produce your energy, but solar energy tends to be the most common. People invest in solar panels to create electricity. A wood-burning furnace can heat your house throughout the winter. If you opt for wood-burning choices, you'll need plenty of forest on your land to supply yourself with wood.

Provide Your Water

Water is a necessity. The ideal property will have a natural source of water available, allowing you to dig a well. Otherwise, you will have to find a way to draft water to your property or tap into the county water system. That means you would rely on someone else for water, defeating the purpose of intending to be self-reliant.

Is Self-Sufficiency Attainable for a Family?

In short, the answer is probably not. Families cannot be totally self-sufficient. Humans never started off as entirely self-reliant, opting to live in cooperative groups to satisfy all their needs. Trading and bartering was a natural way of life.

However, if your goal is to be as self-sufficient as possible, grow your food and work for yourself, the answer is yes. Your family can produce most of the food you eat on a regular basis. Chances are you don't have a source for salt, or you might not want to focus on growing enough flour for your family. That is when the money you make from home comes in handy, or perhaps you have a friend who grows an abundance of flour who wants to trade.

Is your family self-sufficient? Tell us how you've achieved this!