So I’ve talked about food production – gardening, berry patch, chickens. As a larger part of our goals of living light on the land and self-sufficiency, we chose to pay a higher price to have our energy come from wind (an option with our electricity). Our eventual goal is to be not off-grid, but maybe grid-adjacent?
To that end, we want to produce more of our our own food. Increase the size of our garden, start growing some wheat and barley. And hops, because we like beer. We have an herb garden for most of our needs. We have the chickens, which produce eggs, and eventually, meat. Next year we are going to add honey, and more chickens. Once we have that settled, then it’s on to goats. We already have sourced local lambs, and have a good butcher for local beef/venison/pork.
The hope is to sell the excess of our bounty and use that money to purchase groceries we cannot make ourselves.
Once we have money under control, we will start adding renewable energy to further decrease our footprint.
I flew into Wisconsin on Sunday. Last time I was here (in the summer), there was some sort of festival, so when I drove through this little town called Port Washington, there were people ev-ver-y-where. Not really my scene. But I decided to come back, instead of a random adventure. I found a little restaurant, Twisted Willow, on the strength of the Walleye on the menu, but alas, not on the brunch/lunch menu.
On the other hand, who am I to turn down a burrata salad and french onion soup? And local beer. You can’t forget the local beer.
Since I’m working backwards at this point, we will go with the drive/flight home from Wisconsin, instead of the flight/drive to Wisconsin. I telecommute to my job, but four times a year, I go up to be seen, have face to face meetings and generally make friends. Last week was my week.
It’s always a whirlwind, because I still have to do all of my work, in addition to the face time and such. Thus my lack of homesteading.