In 2006, we moved from a small city to the bush. I drive 20 minutes to pick up my mail, a gallon of milk and a six pack.
We bought property way out in the country, put in a large garden and got a few animals. We haven’t looked back and we grow about 85% of our food including our meat.
If you’re interested in learning about growing your own food, having chickens, raising pigs and canning your own food, keep reading.
In the last few years, we started a Garlic Farm and grow naturally grown Garlic that we ship across Canada.
The evenings and mornings are getting a lot cooler. I know it won't be long now until the garden is completely tucked in for the winter. At that point, our days get a lot easier, in that the harvesting is done. The garden will have a thick layer of composted manure on it, the fall rye will have been sown and I can move on to other things. What other things? For starters, sleeping in a bit would be nice. I love the days of October as I can … [Read More...]
How many of us are in this situation? We have month at the end of the money, instead of money at the end of the month. It's too bad schools don't focus more on budget setting and financial awareness, which are both skills that should be learned when we are young. They are skills we will need to use our whole lives long! If you have young children at home, do them a favour! Teach them how to live on a budget and how to save up money for what they … [Read More...]
We all know what it's like to have to reduce expenses. Maybe it's a job loss or an illness that causes us to tighten the belts. When there is too much month left at the end of the money, we all need to find ways to reduce our costs and/or make more money. How do you achieve this? One of the hands down best ways we work at reducing expenses is growing our own food. We grow about 75 - 80% of all the food we eat. Regular readers know that amount … [Read More...]
Last week, I wrote about a few ways to stretch out the budget. No matter how much money you have (or don't have) it's always a good idea to set a budget and then stick with it. We always try to keep as much money in our jeans as possible. Here are a few more ways that we save money every month. - Buy on sale. Does your grocery store have a monthly case lot sale? If so, this is the time to stock up on the foods your family eats on a … [Read More...]
When it comes to doing any kind of pressure canning, I am very serious about the process. I don't mean to scare you - I home can cases and cases of vegetables and we eat from our cold room all winter long. However, pressure canning is serious business. If it isn't done properly, the food can spoil. You can make your family very sick by eating improperly canned food. So learn the process and then treat it like a serious process - each and every … [Read More...]