Recently, we have really noticed more and more people are trying to reduce their impact on the earth. It may seem like an insignificant amount, but many are changing their consuming habits and learning old skills or even creating new ways to reduce their footprints. It is not so hard to believe that these people will continue sharing their knowledge, and spread it farther and faster then previous generations. We can make a difference :o)
Our first foray into the self sustaining life came about due to allergies, eventual food sensitivities, leading to full on food allergies. We learned how to start cooking by scratch, reducing boxed and canned foods first. You really start learning to look at the ingredients labels and wonder what is that in there for??? That is a whole different rant.
Becoming vegetarian for many reasons, 3 years ago, with the guidance of our doctor. We are making sure to keep the proteins up with pulses and legumes, lots of beans, eggs, fish, watching vitamins, and exercise. With all the animals and plants, plus regular life we keep pretty active every day.
We were fortunate to have an opportunity to move to Ottawa in 2006, where we ended up with over 3 acres. Out of the city and into the country, with different rules in this farming township. Before long, we found ourselves learning how to make beer, wines, ferments, preserves; then on to raising chickens, goats, bees, spinning wool, which led to raising angora bunnies, shearing, weaving, tapping maples, planting gardens, including hügels for Haskaps, and the list continues.
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