With all these current global happenings, life surely feels unsure, unsafe and unsustainable. I have been pondering for quite some time how to turn my surroundings into food and security. I mean, that is the most important? Our basic needs as humans are food, shelter, warmth and companionship. I feel that in these unsure times, all of these factors are lacking or if nothing else, very unsure.
So I want to ask you to join me in my journey of turning my life into an abundance. A place where all of my basic human needs are met in such abundance, that I can share them freely with the people around me. I live in South Africa, where life is sometimes quite absurd (just watch the news, you will be amazed and amused, to say the least), but I feel my story will benefit people in any country. America, England, China, or Greenland. After all, we are all connected to each other in some way or another, via food or clothes supplies, the internet or currencies, and in effect, we share the same worries and common troubles.
Let’s start with my current situation.
My current animals
So at the moment, all my animals are eating at a very solid pace.
I have 80 laying chickens, getting 2 eggs a day, and eating 1 bag of layer pellets every 5 days. I don’t have to do a lot of math to tell you this is definitely not a good investment!
I also have several Orpington Roosters and a few hens, which I do invest enough time in due to the other 70 chickens demanding my attention.
I also have 5 broiler chicks that are leftover from my last batch.
We have a herd of over 60 Jersey x Boran cows. They are sold for meat. Not much land in our own freezer, so I want to incorporate them more into our own home. I still have some stewing meat left from a previous ox, so I will use that up in the following weeks.
We have a herd of Meat master sheep, which are also sold for meat. I would also like to have more meat for ourselves.
I do have a vegetable garden but it is quite empty and uninspiring. There are a few plants here and there and the rest is just empty soil.
This is where my biggest worry lies at the moment. No money in savings, no emergency fund, no retirement fund. I do have a salary which cares for our food, clothes and fuel for my little car. The cows and sheep are part of our agricultural business, but the vegetables and the chickens get care and food out of my salary.
So join me on my journey!
In a year I want to:
- improve my financial position significantly
- make all the animals profitable – even in the slightest degree
- eat abundantly out of our gardens and fields
- build community bonds
- only buy items I can’t produce or make for ourselves
Do you think it is possible? Well, follow me to find out! I would love any advice in the comments, and please share your stories with us!