Self-sufficient; Is it possible?

February 8, 2009 5:47pm CST
Even Mountain men , those hardy loners, were forced to go into town to stock up on staples. My question is Do you think you could be fully self-sufficient on a farm of 10 acres? The ten acres would be in the northern states or in Canada. If you had 10 acres in California, it would be no problem since you can grow year round. By Self-sufficient I mean be able to feed and clothe yourself, have a roof over your head and have fuel for cooking and heating and enough pasture land for a couple of horses or the same amount of land to grow biodiesel to run a small tractor.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
8 Feb 09
I don't think I would be fully self sufficient, but I could get very close!
• Canada
9 Feb 09
I responded to a question that was like this and I said I could do it but I would have to come to town a couple times a year to trade for things like salt and flour, but I also said I would come into town maybe once a month to be socialable and trade some of my other skills like Reading Tarot or fixing Bicycles.
• United States
9 Feb 09
you will all ways want something that you can not provide for your self. like coffee or tea. i also think no matter where you are their will be advantage and talked about of the highest taxed state in the country.also water is a problem out there.i grow up in the mountains of Tennessee. we were poor farmers.i am a real live hillbilly. we collected a good amount of our food from the woods and hunted for the meat but,there was always something we had to buy.the good old day was hard, a lot of time you did not have something to eat.when you did have something to eat you had to work hard to get it.the winter was the worst.