Homesteading in Cordes Sur Ciel
Over the last hundred years or so, the term "homesteading" has evolved to a new meaning, and there are about as many interpretations as there are homesteaders. To us, the modern homesteader is someone who strives for autonomy; to become as self-sufficient and self-confident as possible. We don't mean by this that all folks calling themselves homesteaders are automatically enrolled in some sort of worldwide self-sufficiency contest, either. Self-sufficiency by definition is a state in which someone or something can self-sustain oneself without using outside resources. If you take that statement literally, it is impossible to obtain.
There's nothing better than dreaming about living out in the country, raising our own food, living a simple lifestyle and relaxing on the front porch listening to a symphony of crickets. Gone are the days of traffic jams, city violence, stress from an office job and all of the clutter associated with a rather hectic lifestyle.
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Things you can do to start becoming more self reliant.
1. Plant your own vegetable garden.
2. Change your own oil on your car or truck.
3. Cut your own firewood.
4. Collect and use rain water instead of municiple or well water.
5. Supplement your house's heating system with solar water panels.
6. Supplement your hot water needs with solar water panels.
7. Mulch your garden with local organic mulch instead of store bought products.
8. Use home-made compost and free manure to enrich your garden's soil.
9. Grow non-hybrid vegetables and save the seeds for next year's planting.
10. Grow potatoes and save the fingerlings for next years planting.
11. Use square foot gardening techniques to grow lots of vegetables in small places.
12. Build a greenhouse to extend your growing season.
13. Build a root cellar to store your harvest.
14. Start a small orchard for a variety of fruits.
15. Learn how to preserve food by canning.
16. Raise bees to help pollination and for honey. (Honey is the only food substance that will not spoil.)
17. Raise chickens for meat and eggs.
18. Raise sheep for wool and meat.
19. Raise goats or a dairy cow for dairy products.
20. Preserve vegetables by sun drying them.
21. Spin wool into yarn for making clothes.
22. Make your own furniture out of tree branches.
23. Preserve vegetables by freezing them.
24. Grow herbs for cooking and medicinal purposes.
25. Use edible wild plants to supplement one's diet.
26. Use containers to grow vegetables in small places.
27. Use chicken manure (composted) to help fertilize your garden.
28. Use, use and reuse as much as possible before throwing away.
29. Conserve electricity whenever possible.
30. Tune-up your own car or truck.
31. Sharpen your own tools.
32. Build your own home.
33. Grow grapes for preserves or raisins.
34. Build a pond and raise fish for food.
35. Use solar panels to supplement your energy needs.
36. Learn how to use a welder.
37. Use clothes lines to dry clothes instead of a mechanical dryer.
38. Grow grains to feed your own livestock.
39. Grow alfalfa to return nitrogen to the soil.
40. Use a generator for emergency and supplemental power.
41. Dig or drive your own well (make sure the water is tested before using for drinking).
42. Bake your own bread.
43. Do your own plumbing.
44. Do your own electrical work.
45. Run a small business from your home.
46. Barter goods and services with your neighbors.
47. Use a push mower instead of a gas or electric mower.
48. Use a bicycle (whenever possible) instead of a motorized vehicle.
50. Have any maples trees? Make your own syrup as a sugar substitute.
51. Supplement your diet by hunting game.
52. Home school your children.
Dogs, Cats, Ducks, Geese, Llama, Alpaca, Chickens, Rabbits, Peacocks, Goats, Pigs, Cows, Horses, Donkeys, Mules, Turkeys, Sheep, Pigeons.
One of the first steps that you can take to become self-sufficient is to start a vegetable garden. In doing so, you will not only practice self-sufficiency, but you will also eat healthier. The key is to start small. Don't overwhelm yourself by planting a huge garden. There's a learning curve here, so don't try to do everything in one year. Take your time with it and get a good understanding of what it takes to grow a vegetable garden.
Bok Choy – anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antioxidant, calcium
Cabbage – the high fiber content helps with constipation, the sulfur and chlorine cleanses the mucous membrane of the stomach and intestinal tract, and being high in Vitamin C it is great for strengthening the immune system. Cabbage is both anti-bacterial and anti-viral making it a superior food to kill germs, parasites and viruses. Cleanses the digestive tract, Vitamin C, vitamin K, iodine, iron, manganese, fiber
Celery – has a high percentage of organic sodium which is vital to many bodily functions. Every cell in the body is constantly bathed in a solution of saline water, and if this is not maintained at its required level, dehydration sets in. Celery is high in magnesium and iron, a combination which is valuable as a food for the blood cells, high in Vitamin C and helps in cancer prevention and lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Diuretic, blood cleanser, highly alkaline, sodium, calcium, silicon, magnesium, iron
Chard – beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin E, copper, magnesium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, zinc
Collards - anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antioxidant, sulfur, alkaline, folate, vitamin C, vitamin K, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, vitamin E, copper, magnesium, potassium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, selenium, sodium, zinc , fiber
Dandelion – blood cleanser, detoxifier, digestive aid, beta carotene, vitamin C, B1, B2, B6, vitamin K, vitamin E, folate, copper, magnesium, potassium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, sodium, zinc, fiber, omega 6
Kale - is an exceptional source of calcium, iron, sulfur, chlorophyll and vitamin A but its beta carotene content far outweighs spinach. Kale is a rich source of anti-cancer chemicals, as are most members of the cruciferous family. Cleanser, anticancer, antiviral, vitamin C, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, beta carotene, vitamin K, lutein, copper, magnesium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, zinc , sulfur,
Lettuce (romaine, red leaf, butter, etc.) – vitamin rich, vitamin E, folate, vitamin C, B1, B2, vitamin K, copper, magnesium, potassium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, calcium
Spinach – high nutrient density, good for the blood due to its rich iron and chlorophyll content, and it not only builds the blood, but stops bleeding. Some say it’s a specific remedy for nosebleeds, herpes (due to its sulfur content), a great diuretic and laxative, and cleanses the blood of toxins. Laxative, soothing and nourishing, beta carotene, folate, vitamin K, B1, B2, B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium, zinc , omega 3
List of vegetables (Root)
Beets – great digestive system & kidney cleanser, copper, magnesium, potassium, iron, manganese, potassium
Carrot - are said to enhance blood flow to the eyes improving function and night vision. They are one of the richest sources of beta-carotene and might protect against cancer, dissolve accumulations such as stones and tumors, and help with ear infections, earaches and deafness. Alkalizing, cleansing & nourishing, rich in beta carotene, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fiber
Fennel – great for the digestive system, folate, B5, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, iron, copper
Jicama – vitamin C, copper, iron
Onions – antiseptic, anticoagulant, detoxifier, diuretic, expectorant, stimulant, anticancer, overall tonic, folate, B1, B6, vitamin C, sulfur, manganese, copper, zinc
Parsnip – detoxifier, cleanser, fiber, diuretic, folate, B1, B5, vitamin C, vitamin E, manganese, copper
Radish – antibacterial, antifungal, diuretic, stimulant, folate, vitamin C, copper, iron, zinc
Turnip – anticancer, antioxidant, antibiotic, antiviral, sulfur, B vitamins, vitamin C, copper, manganese, sodium
List of vegetables (Starchy)
Corn – be very careful to avoid GMO corn, folate, vitamin C, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, copper, magnesium, potassium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, zinc , fiber
Peas- blood sugar regulator, anti fertility, lectins, folate, beta carotene, B1, B2, B3, B6, vitamin C, vitamin K, copper, manganese, phosphorus, iron, zinc, fiber,
Pumpkin – reduces inflammation, may lower lung and prostate cancer risk, diuretic, laxative, beta carotene, B2, vitamin C, vitamin E, copper, iron, potassium
Squash- (winter squash, acorn ) great for the eyes and heart, alkaline, beta carotene, B1, B5, B6, vitamin C, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium
Sweet potato – detoxifier, digestive support, good for eyes, anti-cancer, antioxidant, beta carotene, B1, B5, B6, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium
Zucchini - alkaline, beta carotene, B1, B3, B5, B6, vitamin C, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, zinc
Asparagus – diuretic, laxative, is said to feed the good bacteria in the gut, promotes heart health, vitamin C, beta carotene, folic acid, B1, B2, B3, fiber, anti-cancer, great for cleansing the kidneys
Broccoli – said to lower risk of prostate, bladder, colon, pancreatic, gastric and breast cancers, vitamin C, folate, B1,B2, B3, B5, B6, vitamin K, copper, magnesium, potassium, iron , manganese, potassium, calcium, selenium, sodium, zinc , sulfur, fiber
Cauliflower – blood purifier, sulfur, fiber, anticancer, antioxidants, vitamin C, folate, vitamin K, copper, magnesium, potassium, iron, manganese, calcium, selenium, sodium, zinc , fiber
Okra – soothing to the digestive tract, copper, magnesium, potassium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, zinc
Peppers (red, hot) – antibacterial, antiseptic, stimulant, circulatory support, discourages certain parasites, capsicum, beta carotene, Vitamin C, B6,copper, iron , manganese, magnesium, omega 6
Radicchio – folate, vitamin C, vitamin E, copper, iron, zinc