DW and I have been on the Self Sufficiency (SS) bandwagon for about 5 years now. We have many of the stockpile items, water sources, self security measures, etc. under control. We have livestock (in limited quantities) that include milk/meat goats, chickens, rabbits, honey bees. We eat wild game a couple times every month, too.
We also belong to a small group of like-minded neighbors and we share in the raising of four beef cows and eight pigs every year. We just processed two pigs last weekend. There are four 2-person families in our little group and between us we have 49 acres of tillable land and 68 acres of wooded acreage. We always grow our own sweet and feed corn, hay, and other grains for livestock. We all work together to grow lots of vegetables and fruits.
Our primary concern is that all eight of us are not getting any younger and the hard work required to be SS is difficult. We're all retired (so to speak) and two of us guys are partially disabled. I have a poor excuse of a replacement left hip and knee (thanks to the Tet Offensive in DaNang 1968) and one of the other guys is missing his right arm. Our monetary income is very limited and the rising cost of fuel will most certainly hurt us bad.
President Obama just signed into law on March 16, 2012 another executive order that gives the POTUS the power to confiscate any and all domestic and private resources in time of emergency OR OTHERWISE. The executive orders issued by G.W. Bush and Obama over the past 11 years have given the federal government the power to crush the citizens of the USA with a single stroke of a pen. The American citizens are too fat, too wealthy, too lazy, and dumb to do anything about it.
Last edited by Murphy's Law; 03-18-2012 at 06:18 AM.