Inching our way to self-sufficency
Brian and I moved from the city (Toronto) to Prince Edward County in December 2001. I don't know where the time has gone.
We started with chickens in spring 2003 which is when I joined this forum. We added a vegetable garden, herbs, small fruits. We started an asparagus bed. This year I have raised three goslings (I want MANY more!) and recently we bought meat rabbits.
Next year we want to add two dairy goats... we spend a lot, it seems, on milk and milk products. And the excess kids would be good eating. What the heck, we may as well go "whole hog" and raise a couple of weaner pigs for the freezer too... By fall of 2006, all going according to plan, we should not need to buy eggs, meat or dairy products at all - unless we get a hankering for a steak - and we should be able to grow most of our vegetables and some of our fruit.
Is anyone else out there inching toward self-sufficiency in a similar manner? What has worked well and what has been a disappointment? Have you saved money and paid instead in sweat? Or paid in cash and sweat and found your rewards solely in the joys of good food and the simple life? Let's talk about this!
(My apologies to the folks who have already seen this over on the Farm Life Forum... but I thought it might be worthwhile to post it here as well.)