Self-Sufficiency Dreams

I’ve been having dreams; dreams of self-sufficiency. The culmination of homesteading ideals that have been introduced and engrained into my head space [while living on the permaculture farm this year] are bleeding heavily into my future reality. I’m certainly opting to wander the earth for a long while before settling and homesteading. For me, settling may happen in five, ten, or twenty years: that I am very unsure of. But, once I am ready, this is what I envision:

+ tiny house [Cob construction, reclaimed or raw wood construction, reclaimed appliances, reclaimed or stained-glass windows, reclaimed light fixtures/oil lamps, wood flooring]
– Lofted bedroom w/ skylights
– Tiny porch w/ rocking chair
– Small indoor kitchenette
– Cozy nook w/ bookshelves near fireplace
– Storage space and shelving within cob wall infrastructure
– Large windows to let in sunlight
– Solar panels

+ outdoor kitchen [Cob construction, reclaimed or raw wood construction, reclaimed appliances, reclaimed or stained-glass windows, reclaimed light fixtures/oil lamps, recycled tile mosaic flooring]
– Wood burning oven w/ stove top
– Vintage sink
– Cob bench built into the wall w/ dining table
– Transparent roof to let in sunlight
– Culinary herbs planted everywhere [hanging planters, window planters, etc.]
– Dehydrator
– Pressure-canner
– Cast Iron
– Stocked pantry w/ basic food staples + preserved foods

+ outdoor bath house [Reclaimed and raw wood construction, stained-glass windows, reclaimed light fixtures/oil lamps, recycled tile mosaic flooring]
– Large reclaimed clawfoot tub and shower
– Private composting toilet area
– Transparent roof to let in sunlight
– Candles galore
– Miniature garden w/ body care plants
– Hand-washing laundry station

+ garden
– Four raised beds [medicinal herbs, brassica, vegetables, strawberries, etc.]
– Small greenhouse for plant starters
– Fruit trees [apple, cherry, peach, pear, elderberry, fig]
– Beehives
– Hugelkulture

+ The goal is to be as self-sufficient as possible. Growing my own food, using a full composting system [humanure, garden roughage, kitchen scraps, paper], eating with the seasons and preserving food, and using solar energy or candles and oil lamps. Refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, rot. I’ll make my own herbal medicine from the garden, as well as all my own body care products.

+ I opted to dream of cob construction due to it being sustainable in nature [made of clay, sand, straw & doesn’t have a large carbon footprint], holds up well against the elements as long as it has a solid foundation and roof, is inexpensive, and looks incredibly homey & cozy, while giving the structure flow.

+ Thanks so much for humoring me & scoping out my future homesteading dreams. I’d love to know what your self-sufficiency dreams look like or if you have already made them a reality. Drop me a line if you have any questions, comments, or just want to say hi, cheers! 

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