Being slightly more self sufficent - what Ive been up to...

Discussion in 'Holistic Farming' started by Chasingmytail, Nov 22, 2017.

  1. Tim W

    Tim W Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    Done all that +
    made my own beer (from scratch), wine & moonshine
    sausages/black pudding/brawn and every other thing you can make from pigs
    smoked meat
    cheeses
    cured plenty of skins
    made my own nets for rabbiting etc
    ---still have a good veg garden but don't have the facilities to have a pig in the back garden like we used to :(

    The first ''homesteader'' i met near Eureka Ks many moons ago bought almost nothing & could make just about anything from any old rubbish (he also grew weed in his own wind/solar powered hydroponic unit)

    Couple of years ago i was at the bottom end of the rockies and went to visit some homesteaders/ sheep breeders (who turned out to have 4 ewes and no ram:banghead:) and they were certainly getting ready for the end of times ---gates , fences , guns everywhere

    It's really satisfying producing what you eat but it can take up a lot of your time ----but i do miss home made butter
     
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  2. Chasingmytail

    Chasingmytail Member

    Location:
    Newport, SE Wales
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    Our chicken tractor or eggmobile. Needs a lot of tweaking and far from perfect. Its in the shed now as far too wet for hens to be out and I can control the light in the shed.
     
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  3. Chasingmytail

    Chasingmytail Member

    Location:
    Newport, SE Wales
    For Christmas the fella bought me a kitchenaid icecream maker. I made simple vanilla - very impressed.

    I made clotted cream this week - it was fab! I'm currently having a go at feta.
     
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  4. Tim W

    Tim W Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    Are you using sheep/goat milk or cows?
     
  5. Chasingmytail

    Chasingmytail Member

    Location:
    Newport, SE Wales
    cow milk as that's all I have and lots of it!
     
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  6. ARW

    ARW Member

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    I listen to a podcast by an American bloke who only buys veg and hunts elk with a bow and arrow a few times a year with his pals. They only eat meat they have killed themselves
     
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  7. Kiwi Pete

    Kiwi Pete Member

    Location:
    Owaka, New Zealand
    Probably 80 percent of the meat we eat, I kill.
    Always seems to taste a lot better given a chance to hang, plus we are right on the coast here and I like an excuse to fish and dive :cool:
    To be honest I give half of my catch away but that gives me an excuse to get more :)

    Have been very slack in the garden this year though. :facepalm:
     

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