I love this topic but haven't seen any respones to it. So, I'll jump in here
I wrote this about 4 times but then deleted it..lol.. I keep changing my mind on what I want to say I guess.
I think it can make people think about it but sometimes they think it'll be easier until they look into how much work it really takes (but if you ask me it's worth it most of the time.)
Raising livestock is what I am thinking right now. The start up fees (cost of the animals), good fence, food for animals is up just like food for us, vet cost (some people have a little know how and can care for them but if you don't you'll need to pay someone that does when things happen, and things do come up.), and having the right amount of land and right amount of pasture or brush (so it doesn't stink, is healthier for your critters, keep worm loads down = more milk and more meat, and so on..)
I myself am all for it but if you ask my husband he may have another answer (because he has to do a lot of the building that I can't do) hee..hee..
You should have seen my husband's face when I told him it was time to process our free ranged turkeys. He wasn't going to have anything to do with it beside eat it. It's not for everyone but I like my meat (what does bother me is raising something and then the THOUGHT of any of that meat going into the trash.. Now, that bugs the heck out of me. Almost a sin in my eyes.)
Anyway, even tho some people may think about it- it can be a little much in the beginning.
Dora Renee' Wilkerson
I would love to know what you and others are doing to live more simple (I guess I could start another post on this but thought I'd just ask on this one.)
Here is what we do...
Raise livestock (chickens, rabbits, goats, horses, and so on..)
Make own bread.
Make my own butter and ice cream.
Have a couple solar panels.
Garden (I am no master gradener but working on learning more each year.)
spin wool/knit (more of a hobby because I am so slow but I can do it.)
Sew and embroider work
We do most of our own repairs when we can.
Canning food/freeze food.
Process our own food- well I had to do the turkeys..lol
Make some of my own cheeses.