Are there any Mylot friends here who are into self sufficiency concepts?
July 13, 2008 3:01am CST
With so much focus on rising oils prices and the need to grow more food, I was wondering if there are others here who are into self sufficiency. Emergency situations can happen at any time and being prepared can be a very important consideration. We all know how many natural disasters have occurred lately. Recent tsunamis, earthquakes and storms as well as man made crisis that have rendered many homeless that it is a sign for us to be prepared. What do you think ?
• United States
13 Jul 08
Self sufficiency means different things to different people, depending on their circumstances. I think it's wise to be prepared for any disaster, natural or not. Our world is to chaotic to depend on everything staying the same throughout our lives. Current economic and social problems just make it more important to be prepared.
• United States
13 Jul 08
I'm downloading the book right now, thank you. We lived in Singapore for a year and took a long trip through Malaysia - beautiful country. It was a memorable experience, from helping catch a loose goat in a downtown market to watching a play at a beautiful seaside hotel. Bukit Frasier was the most enjoyable part, tourists that we were. It's hard to think of that part of the world as being stressful and fast paced, know it's true almost everywhere.
17 Jul 08
Great to know you have downloaded the ebook. Its a classic one for anyone interested in going the self sufficient way in life. There is a newer version of that book but this one is still very useful as it has all the ingredients for successful self sufficient living in the one book. Also wonderful to know you lived in our part of the world at one time. We are actually in the eastern part of Malaysia in the state of Sabah. And if you enjoyed going to the malaysian mainland you will love the quiet and more relaxed country here in Sabah. I look forward to keeping in touch.
24 Jul 08
Hi suria, it’s rather difficult to get into self sufficiency. What I could do is to try my best to reduce the daily consumption of oil and gasoline, electricity and other fuel or chemicals that will produce harmful material to the environment. As we know the population know nowadays is increasing tremendously, many areas in the world are facing shortage of food. One of the reasons is the farming lands are destroyed by the natural disasters like tsunamis, earthquakes and storms. These of course couldn’t be avoided. What we can do is to grow our food as far as possible. In our place we can grow food all year round. The surplus could be given to neighbors or friends or those who need them. The problem is that though most of us have got lands and fertilizers, we are lazy to grow and to take care of crops. Yeah, it's wise to be conscious of the food crisis which becomes the most serious problem to be faced by the over whelming population nowadays. and have a nice day.
25 Jul 08
Hi lkbooi, Thank you for your comments and ideas regarding self sufficiency. yes it is a very challenging commitment to go the self sufficient way especially as we have all been brought up to be interdependent on one another for almost anything now. However, it can be done and we are in fact learning how to live the self sufficient lifestyle away from the grid where we have no choice but to make our own electricity using renewable energy concepts like solar power. We are hoping to do as much as we can using our own steam using alternatives and also being creative about it. Most of all it is very necessary to be willing to learn basic skills as well as become more positive about this way of life. At the moment we grow mostly fruits, herbs and flowers and we are still in the process of gathering enough funds as well as the energy to expand our program. But so far it has been a very rewarding experience. I note that you are in Malaysia where we are blessed with good all year round weather for planting of various crops. It really does not take much space to plant organic crops and if you plan it well you can achieve a good level of self sufficiency even if you live in the city areas. We try to combine some of our hobbies with self sufficiency concepts so its not as bad. We enjoy the hands on and the freshness of the fruits of our labour and that often compensates for the frustrations at times.
• United States
5 Apr 09
Hello, my family lives in an RV in Florida. My daughter, 5 years, is home schooled, my husband, 56 and I, 46 go to college online. I have been searching for information on this topic and am conducting my own research. We grow a garden in a small flower bed and in pots where we live now plus have acquired several rabbits we use for meat. After we pull the motor, tranny, drive shaft and one gas tank from our motor home we will use the area where the motor was to house 10 bantam laying hens. The back will get a extended shelf and a pigeon coop that will hold 2 pairs of birds to produce squab. The other side will house 30 courtix quail to raise for meat. Additionally we have build a 12 by 20 deck on the front that will house 2 nigerian dwarf nannies that will produce milk and young every year. All this is in stealth mode, although it is legal the campgrounds may or may not like the goat idea! The front of the motor home will have a hitch bolted and welded to it to transform it into a trailer that we can pull with out one ton dually if we need to move. The idea is stealth because although our numbers fall within the category of "pets" not all campgrounds would approve. Ideas? Advice? I came across your forum by an internet search and have bookmarked it to check back later. Eventually I want to add solar and wind generators to our camper in case we need to boon dock where electricity is not available. Our current monthly expenses including rent, internet, cell phones, insurance, animal feed, etc runs less than $700 a month and this counts gas for our beast of a truck that drinks gas at the tune of 4 mpg!
• United States
17 Sep 08
It's basically my entire goal for the future. To me self sufficiency is the bottom line for freedom. If I can take care of myself, then I can pretty much have the freedom to do whatever else I wish to -- because my life is not defined by the limitations of others through reliance on them. The other thing I love about it, is that if crisis hits...is you're more or less as prepared as you can get. Being prepared can be highly important in a crisis situation. I think the food crisis, oil sending the global economy all topsy turvy just puts this into emphasis for alot of people. For me, it just reminds me how much I really can't try to live like everyone else does -- reliant on the way things are.