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Self-reliance and Simplicity: Weird or Interesting?

SusyMost of my friends either tell me I’m the weirdest or the most interesting person they know. Why? Because I grow some of my own food, collect rain water, keep bees in my backyard, shop at farmers’ markets, buy raw milk and make everything from scratch (I mean everything, even crackers, oh yeah and maple syrup).


make it at home

Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Susy and I’m one of the new writers here at GRIT. I blog about organic gardening, growing food, preserving food, beekeeping, eating locally and other related topics over at ChiotsRun and check out my Flickr photostream for images of my newest escapades.

I live here at Chiot’s Run with; my husband – Mr Chiots, my dog Lucy the garden namesake and our 3 cats that also help make our house a home – Samson, Soafie and Dexter. We live on a small lot (1/4 acre) in a development that’s kind of rural but we still have a HOA.

We’ve been working hard over the past 7 years to improve the soil on our little bit of land in order to grow some fruits and vegetables of our own, but we’re limited by the shadiness of our property since we’re surrounded on 3 sides by very large trees.

We own a business and both work from home and enjoy our simple, yet busy life. We love to try to do as much ourselves as we can, which is what has brought us down the road of simplicity and self-reliance. We don’t really have dreams of being fully self-sufficient, so we have spent the last couple years creating a network of local people to provide us with the things we cannot and don’t really want to do for ourselves, like raw milk, beef, chicken, eggs, etc. We believe in doing our part in building a strong local economy for healthy sustainable foods, and for us that means working hard to earn money to support local farmers.

seasonal food

We also strive to be good stewards of this lovely planet we live on.

While we don’t drive an electric car, ride our bicycles everywhere, or shun modern conveniences (at least not too many of them), we try not to be wasteful of the resources we do use. We collect rain water for our plants, we try to buy things with as little packaging as possible to reduce our waste, and we strive to buy things as locally as possible and not to buy things we don’t need. We also garden organically, and I mean completely organically, we don’t even use “safe” organic pesticides.

So what do you think, weird or interesting?

candy
3/29/2010 11:43:02 AM

Not weird at all. I have enjoyed your blog very much. I love the your ideas. I am trying to go the same route. My hubby is generally right along with me. There are some things he looks at me like I have 2 heads. :)


paul gardener
3/16/2010 3:32:01 PM

Hey Susy! I know you!! Glad to see you blogging over here at GRIT. You'll love it I promise. They're a great group of very diverse bloggers. Welcome! Paul~


susan_7
3/13/2010 9:04:00 PM

Hi Susy, Not weird at all! And welcome to the GRIT blog community. I really like your photos. And your personal blog is nice too. Would you be willing to share your recipe for homemade crackers? I was just wondering about making crackers today and then read that you make your own. Susan GRIT blog: Close to the Earth in Alaska


oz girl
3/12/2010 1:46:13 PM

Not weird at all, I'm quite inspired by you. I'd like to do more of what you're doing on our land, but sometimes due to time constraints, I feel like I come up short! Welcome to the Grit blogging community, and like Cindy, I'm definitely looking forward to reading more about Chiot's Run.


cindy murphy
3/12/2010 12:21:57 PM

What is one person's weirdness, is another's norm. I think everything you and your husband are doing to be good stewards is right on track. Welcome to Grit, Susy. I'm looking forward to reading more of your blog. Cindy ~ A Lakeside View


lisa_8
3/11/2010 6:34:08 PM

I don't think you're weird at all. What you do is pretty much the norm at our house. Well we don't ride bikes, because I work 30 km away. But we were organic a long time ago, before it was the in thing to do. Lisa Spring Peeper Farm


hank will_2
3/11/2010 4:47:03 PM

Welcome, Susy. I definitely say interesting ... but I think what you are doing is interesting. Then again, unusual is also interesting to me. So is weird. Thanks for being part of our community. Hank


hank will_2
3/11/2010 4:43:37 PM

Welcome, Susy. I definitely say interesting ... but I think what you are doing is interesting. Then again, unusual is also interesting to me. So is weird. Thanks for being part of our community. Hank