Self Sufficiency

Among the things I will ramble on about skills, self reliance, and liberty rank in the top few – it’s become an obsession. Lately I have been looking for ways to make my life more resilient to the unpredictable world around us. With food stored, new skills always in the works, and caches spreading I asked myself, “How far can I really go?”

Since I was a small child I have always loved experiments. With this post a new category will be started on the site titled Self Sufficiency. It will chronicle experiments in trying to remove one’s self as far off the grid as possible while remaining in the city and part of society.

Rabbit Cages

Finished Construction

The first experiment will be centered around food. Water may be more important in the scheme of things, but at the moment their aren’t any major an imminent issues around water. Food on the other hand is experiencing significant inflation and at the rate I eat meat, it’s getting pricy.

Yep, I said meat. Live stock was more appealing to me than gardening. That being said, gardening will be the next phase of this experiment. By then there should be plenty of Rabbit manure to work with.

Rabbit Cages

Cages hung in place and water system installed

I already gave it away, but I chose Rabbits for the live stock. Why Rabbits? Well, you will just have to tune in to next weeks episode of the Urban Survival Podcast – Episode 15 – to find out

This past weekend Jason McConneil, the “Redneck Resource”, and I kicked things off by building Rabbit Cages. We spent approximately 8 1/2 hours working on them and by the time we were finished we were rather impressed with ourselves. We shot video of the whole thing and in two weeks it will be up on YouTube.

By | 2016-10-15T00:15:53+00:00 April 28th, 2011|Self Sufficiency|4 Comments

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In his free time, Aaron enjoys hogging the remote, surfing, scotch, mental masturbation and debate over philosophical topics, and shooting stuff--usually not all at the same time.

4 Comments

  1. Joe April 28, 2011 at 9:44 am - Reply

    Fantastic! Keep us posted on the progress. My wife and I are about to start with rabbits as well; got the cages last weekend. Rabbits are appealing because of their prolific nature.

    We’ve raised chickens for eggs and meat for years. (She’s got an eight part series about getting started with chickens over on our site.) We also have cows, goats, and turkeys. We recently added ducks and geese to the mix as well as an experiment.

  2. rhinos40cal May 16, 2011 at 5:09 am - Reply

    How are you gonna keep the stash meat you have stocked up if the grid goes down?
    I like your site,keep up the good work

  3. Rivers September 10, 2013 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    My gardening group and I had been eyeing up the local play ground/sports ground, thinking wouldn’t it be great if we could plant fruit and nut trees all around the edges?

    We approached our city council for permission and much to our surprise, they were happy for us to do it and specified where we could plant. They also gave us a grant of $500 for some trees!

    The council gardener also approached the tree crops association who donated more trees. We ended up with 27 fruit and nut trees.

    Our local newspaper put our planting day in the garden section and about forty people came to help.

    It was a great day which bought our community a little closer and our trees are just over a year old now. There are walnuts, macadamias, almonds, hazelnuts, chestnuts, apples, figs, plums and feijoas.

    How many parks, playgrounds, road verges and schools are there out there that would benefit from a few edible trees?

    Most of us in the city don’t have the room in our yards for giant trees, but there are ways to grow them if you think outside the square. Around the world there are many of these popping up. Don’t have one in your area? Get a bunch of friends together and start your own!

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