I know. Sustainable sounds so huge, doesn’t it? But don’t worry. I’m not here to insist that you get a sheep and start spinning your own wool to knit a sweater that will keep you warm as you bike to work, stopping to harvest wild greens on the way.

The whole idea behind this site it that sustainability at some level is within our reach. Sure, we’ll all still have to buy things at the grocery store. And maybe some aspects of living a more sustainable life just aren’t your cup of tea. But look around your home or your office. There’s so much room for improvement. And that’s why I’m here.

I’m still on the path to sustainability myself, but I’ve been on that path long enough that I’ve got knowledge to share. I’ve had so many people ask me lately how to plant a garden. Or how to make jelly. Or how to compost. Or how to raise chickens. Because I’ve been doing these things for most of my adult life, it’s easy for me to share that knowledge. On the other hand, I’ve never made my own soap or raised rabbits. When I decide to try to tackle those projects, you’ll be the first to hear about my success (or failure).

This site is here because of a conversation I had with one friend about making a more self-sufficient life doable. The idea of foregoing the convenience of modern America and embracing a do-it-yourself attitude is a daunting one for many people. But mostly? It’s about a change in attitude. In a world where soup comes in a can, pudding from a box, and bread from a bag it’s easy to forget that just a few decades ago those items were made at home from scratch – maybe even from foods grown right outside the door.

Many of those do-it-yourself, make it from scratch skills have skipped a generation or two. If you weren’t raised with that knowledge or have very little experience in living a self-sufficient life, how do you get started? Here’s the ticket: if you make one small change each day to move your family toward being more sustainable and self-sufficient, you will get there. You might not ever plant a garden. But if you can figure out an alternative source for locally grown fruits and vegetables, you’ll support a farmer and eliminate an awful lot of the waste and fuel emissions that come with supermarket produce. You might not ever install a water catchment system, but maybe you’ll become more aware of your water usage and learn to conserve. This is one of those areas in which every little effort you make is worth it.

In addition to being more self-sufficient at home, I’ll also address sustainability out in the world. It’s all fine and good to make changes at home, but when we head out to explore our beautiful planet, how can we do so with less impact on the earth?

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