How Did We Get Here?

| 11/3/2008 10:26:08 AM



My husband, Rob, and I used to joke that we liked nature as long as we could see it through a windshield. I have no idea when or how that changed; one day, we had a gym membership and prepackaged food in our pantry, and the next we were cranky if we couldn’t get out for a hike and chafed at any food that we hadn’t bought directly from the farmer. 

Our organic transition was kicked off by a chance encounter with the joyful movement called Slow Food. After a while, it seemed natural that we would move to a rural area, somewhere mountainous and beautiful, private with a decent garden space. 

We found a house — the house — a red-roofed 1941 farmhouse in a community where people smile at one another and offer useful advice. 

We’ve lived here for two months now and I can finally admit that we have no idea what we’re doing. Our major previous garden success was a squash plant that we couldn’t have stopped had we wanted to. Rob once camped out at a festival. I like to can jelly and preserves, despite my 60% gel rate. We have a lot to learn. 

3/16/2014 2:43:01 PM

Hi,Im new here. Not new to living off the land which we did when I was a young teenager. Still to this day we do all we can to avoid money and the things (evil) that come with that life style. Now are of course preparing for when S.H.T.F.which I believe is already here for most...the out rages prices, the horrifying things they are putting in our food sources, fortunately we are in S.E. Oklahoma and things are still relatively simple here. Obtaining alternative sources of food ,heat and survival are of utmost priority. Glad to be here and hope to help any one I can.

Scott Vorves
11/13/2008 11:28:07 AM

Hey thanks for the info and ideas guys. I am planning to go back to school this Jan. I will be going into engineering because that is my field now I am an architectural draftsman. I would like to find a way to work from home on line that way I can live anywhere and how I want. But I am torn; I want the high-tech job in the city and the self-reliant life in the country. I'm 46 you would think I would have it all together by now. I have been reading Mother earth news sense the late 70s, early 80s and the dream has been with me sense I was a boy. But life takes you to many different places until, I hope, you can find the place where you belong. I’m not even sure where that is anymore. The dream was around the Phoenix area but that dream started when Phoenix was still very small many years ago when there was still cheep land and less codes.

Sarah Beth Jones
11/13/2008 8:32:51 AM

Scott, having no kids myself, I am often awed at how much parents can juggle - I don't know how you all do it! I think Mimi has an excellent idea about nursing. Rob and I are also big fans of multiple income streams, many often-small means of earning. It can be as profitable as our friend who is a practitioner and drives a Lexus and lives in a big house in a swank neighborhood. We're shooting for paying our bills and getting to stay in Floyd. The upside is that if one stream dries up, it's not a big piece of the pie. The downsides are that it's not as steady as a 9 to 5 and there are generally no benefits. Patty makes a good point too: it doesn't necessarily take a head-first dive to start living this lifestyle. More than anything, I think it take a willingness to be unconventional and flexible. Sneaux, let's absolutely learn together - the more the merrier! Good luck, everyone - and thanks for all the well-wishes! SBJ

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