The Wisdom and Beauty of Frugal Living

The self-reliant lifestyle can be a joyful, profound exercise in humility and self-awareness.



Happy Grazing Goats
Enthusiastic foragers, goats embody “waste not, want not.”
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Top and Bottom Rabbits
Prolific reproducers, rabbits have provided meat, fertilizer and fur to generations of farmers.
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Happy Chickens Hanging Out
While designer coops may be easy on the eye, chickens thrive equally well in a much less fashionable environment.
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Watermelon On Vine
Those with an eye for wonder can find awe in the lowly watermelon, which transforms sand into succulence.
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Young Bryan Welch
Surrounded by scrub and sand, author Bryan Welch had been herding goats for more than a year prior to his 10th birthday.
BRYAN WELCH











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