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Gardening, green energy, and do it yourself. Anything and anything to help you cut the umbilical cord and start relying on yourself.

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Looking for helpful suggestions/ideas on how to be self sufficient in a small apartment with no yard or garden area.

Groceries are becoming more and more expensive and before this week my SO and I were already getting only the necessities when at the store. Do any of you have any suggestions/ideas on how to be self sufficient when we have no room to grow a garden and have limited space indoors to grow anything?

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Big changes, BIG SURPRISES--A new addition on the homestead!!

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Chicken Feeder with 3D Printable Parts

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The New Best Way to Start Your Seeds!

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2023 Garden Planning | Tips for a More PRODUCTIVE and BOUNTIFUL Season

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Self sufficiency project for bottom of garden?

Hello I have a 2m x 1m space at the bottom of my garden (after getting rid of bamboo) that I’d like to convert into a usable space, preferably to give my garden some cover too.

I’ve started working on some projects around the house to help generate resources and be more sufficient, and I was hoping someone would be able to come up with an idea for the bottom of my garden?

Ideally it shouldn’t cost the earth but could help on our project to being self sufficient in the future.

Thank you!!

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Filmmaker seeking submissions for a documentary on Off-grid living [Info in Comments!]

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Wishing Your Garden A Slow Death✌️💀

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I am Creating a Documentary on Homesteading and Off-grid Living in the UK, Join me! [DETAILS IN COMMENTS]

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Wriggling my way into a cheaper lifestyle?

Hey everyone! I have been seriously considering replacing some if not all of my dietary protein with meal worms. They are easy to keep, easy to reproduce, and If I just keep em coming, I'll always have em for free. My question here is, has anyone tried this before? If you have, here are some follow up questions.

  1. What do they taste like? I saw something about they taste like peanuts but I just need real human experience to reassure me here lol

  2. How much of your diet did the meals replace?

  3. how much less money do you spend on groceries?

  4. what is your nutrition looking like? Do you feel healthier?

  5. How much did you spend on your set up?

  6. any advice for someone who has never done this? Or is there something most people don't know before doing this that you want me to know?

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Can beach plastic trash be burned cleanly?

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How To Stop Comparing Yourself To Others

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Planting onion sets in modules - Get an earlier onion crop - (Zone 8)

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Planting onion sets in modules - Get an earlier onion crop - (Zone 8)

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Using excess eggs

Hello !

So I'm raising Brahma chicken, and they lay more eggs than my family can eat. I'm giving some to my neighbor who gives us vegetables during the harvest, but we'll still be left with some, and I'm looking for ways to use them other than that !

Do any of you have any ideas ? Thank you in advance for your time !

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Compost making for beginners - a step by step easy guide

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Non Profit that got me started 😊

This is the nonprofit that I hold most dear and am now part of the leadership of. Please check it out , I know the online presence is a little scant at the moment, that’s actually the main role I took on a couple years ago but had to put on hiatus due to some major health problems that took until this past October to diagnose (it turned out to be Multiple Sclerosis, which sucks but at least in knowing what it was , it’s now manageable and I can get back to my passions)

Hope to see y’all there and we appreciate everyone who shares, comes and engages in discussions and chats ,etc


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Taxes / zoning etc Good subreddit?

I'm interested in the legal and financial side of self sufficient living.

That is, being able to avoid extra tax liability or legal encumbrances that tend to endanger the simple living options and ability to let orhers participate (like adding temporary or permanent space for family - or leaving land to others without big tax or other burdens).

For example, I posted something on a subreddit about housing in a state that has a reputation for high property taxes. Some people posted that I should stop being cheap and a parasite on society and pay my taxes.

Others understood and said that the state was strong "home rule" meaning that if you don't want things like garbage pick up or don't need a top noch school district (no kids etc) then you can keep your expenses manageable in rural areas with lots of land but local laws etc that kept taxes low.

To me this makes perfect sense, but is rarely discussed.

My homes have almost always been cash purchase, no mortgage. I have always paid my property taxes and am always thankful for the services I receive. However, in my current house there is an illustrative problem that you see many places. The municipal water is downright unsafe and is getting worse, so I have been using bottled water and rain water but some areas require warer and electrical utilities to be turned on for a home to be occupied and often even require occupancy permits.

During covid I had all utilities off and used the house minimally - and this allowed me to survive just fine without work or stimulus payments.

I travel a lot and have family and friends with health issues who I help (as I also did during covid) - so to me having solar or a generator, no garbage service, using prepaid Internet and using off-grid water etc. means I don't get charged for services I don't use and also don't ever use services that could cause a mechanics lein on my property which could jeopardize ownership retention.

To me this is just common sense and a goal of substantial independence but people tend to see a monthly bill cycle as inevitable and even seems to make them feel comfortable - they seem to get resentful of anyone who doesn't live that way.

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Help me explore self-sufficiency / homestead in Europe this summer and document it !

Hello everyone,

My name is Ulysse, I am 18 years old and I am from Paris, France. Currently studying graphic design at the Estienne school, I have the ambition of building a self-sufficient house in Brittany. As part of my project, I aspire to undertake a trip to Europe this summer, probably from July 1 to August 1.

Passionate about art, graphics, printing, videomaking, French politics, hiking and DIY, I want to make a documentary journey with the help of a Zellidja scholarship. My goal is to sleep in, film and document self-sustaining habitats, as well as those who inhabit and build them. I want to capture the ingenuity, the tricks and the daily life of these people in search of self-sufficiency.

Thanks to the scholarship and an InterRail pass, I will already have the means to travel. However, my main challenge will be to find accommodations and people to film. So I am looking for everything that could help me during my trip to Europe: contacts, useful sites or forums, resources such as PDFs full of information on self-sufficiency (your "bibles" of self-sufficiency), places or essential habitats to visit, and of course, welcoming people.

I want to thank in advance all those who can help me. I am passionate, young, dynamic and ready to support in different ways during my stay, whether through manual work, cooking, making photos / videos / art, graphic design, website development, printing, etc.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you have suggestions, ideas or if you want to welcome me during my trip. I look forward to this adventure and share my discoveries with you all.

Thank you so much!


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PROUT - Progressive Utilization and Economic Self Reliance

There are several specialities of PROUT’s economic system. These include guaranteed minimum requirements, increasing purchasing capacity, cooperatives, industrial development, decentralization and developmental planning. PROUT also has its specialities in trade and commerce.

Guaranteed Minimum Requirements

PROUT’s economic system guarantees the minimum requirements of life – that is, food, clothing, accommodation, medical treatment and education – to each and every person. Once the minimum requirements have been guaranteed, the surplus wealth is to be distributed among people with special qualities and skills such as physicians, engineers and scientists, because such people play an important role in the collective development of society. The quantum of the minimum requirements should be progressively increased so that the standard of living of the common people is always increasing. The concept of equal distribution is a utopian idea. It is merely a clever slogan to deceive simple, unwary people. PROUT rejects this concept and advocates the maximum utilization and rational distribution of resources. This will provide incentives to increase production.

Increasing Purchasing Capacity

To effectively implement this, increasing the purchasing capacity of each individual is the controlling factor in a Proutistic economy. The purchasing capacity of common people in many undeveloped, developing and developed countries has been neglected, hence the economic systems of these countries are breaking down and creating a worldwide crisis. The first thing that must be done to increase the purchasing capacity of the common people is to maximize the production of essential commodities, not the production of luxury goods. This will restore parity between production and consumption and ensure that the minimum requirements are supplied to all.

The Cooperative System

According to PROUT, the cooperative system is the best system for the production and distribution of commodities. Cooperatives, run by moralists, will safeguard people against different forms of economic exploitation. Agents or intermediaries will have no scope to interfere in the cooperative system. One of the main reasons for the failure of the cooperative system in different countries of the world is the rampant immorality spread by capitalist exploiters to perpetuate their domination. Cooperatives develop in a community which has an integrated economic environment, common economic needs and a ready market for its cooperatively produced goods. All these factors must be present for cooperatives to evolve. Properly managed cooperatives are free from the defects of individual ownership.

Production can be increased as required in cooperatives due to their scientific nature. For their success, cooperative enterprises depend on morality, strong administration and the wholehearted acceptance of the cooperative system by the people. Wherever these three factors are evident in whatever measure, cooperatives will achieve proportionate success. To encourage people to form cooperatives, successful cooperative models should be established and people should be educated about the benefits of the cooperative system.

The latest technology should be used in the cooperative system, both in production and distribution. Appropriate modernization will lead to increased production. Cooperative managers should be elected from among those who have shares in the cooperative. Members of agricultural cooperatives will get dividends in two ways – according to the amount of land they donated to the cooperative, and according to the amount of their productive manual or intellectual labour. To pay this dividend, initially the total produce should be divided on a fifty-fifty basis – fifty percent should be disbursed as wages and fifty percent should be paid to the shareholders in proportion to the land they donated.

Local people should get first preference in participating in cooperative enterprises. Developmental planning should be adopted to bring about equal development in all regions instead of just some particular regions. Local wealth and other resources and potentialities should be utilized in this developmental plan. The controversial problem of the ownership of land can be solved by the phase-wise socialization of land through agricultural cooperatives. Cooperative land ownership should be implemented step by step in adjustment with the economic circumstances of the local area. During this process the ownership of land should not be in the hands of any particular individual or group.

Industrial Development

PROUT divides the industrial structure into three parts – key industries managed by the immediate or local government, cooperatives and private enterprises. This system will eliminate confusion regarding whether or not a particular industry should be managed privately or by the governnment, and will avoid duplication between the government and private enterprise. According to the wages policy of PROUT, wages need not be accepted only in the form of money. They may be accepted in the form of essential goods or even services. It is advisable to gradually increase this component of wages in adjustment with the monetary component of wages. PROUT supports maximum modernization in industry and agriculture by introducing the most appropriate scientific technology, yet modernization and rationalization should not lead to increased unemployment. In PROUT’s collective economic system, full employment will be maintained by progressively reducing working hours as the introduction of appropriate scientific technology increases production. This is not possible in capitalism.


To materialize the above economic programme, PROUT advocates a new and unique approach to decentralization based on the formation of socio-economic units throughout the world. Socio-economic units should be formed on the basis of factors such as common economic problems; uniform economic potentialities; ethnic similarities; common geographical features; and people’s sentimental legacy, which arises out of common socio-cultural ties like language and cultural expression. Each socio-economic unit will be completely free to chalk out its own economic plan and the methods of its implementation.

Within each socio-economic unit there will also be decentralized planning, which is called “block-level planning” in PROUT. Block-level planning boards will be the lowest level planning bodies. These units must be guaranteed full freedom to achieve economic self-sufficiency through the implementation of their own economic planning and policies.

In a decentralized socio-economic system the modernization of industry and agriculture can be easily introduced, and the goods that are produced will be readily available in the market. As each socio-economic unit develops its economic potential, per capita income disparities among different regions will decline and the economic position of undeveloped regions can be raised to that of developed regions. When every region becomes economically self-reliant, the whole country will rapidly achieve economic self-sufficiency. Economic prosperity will be enjoyed by each and every person.

Developmental Planning

PROUT’s decentralized economy follows a specific guiding principle. That is, effective economic planning should be based on four fundamental factors – the cost of production, productivity, purchasing capacity and collective necessity. Other related factors include natural resources, geographical features, climate, river systems, transportation, industrial potentialities, cultural heritage and social conditions. Each socio-economic unit should draw up its own developmental plan for socio-economic self-sufficiency and then implement it. Grandiose planning which is irrelevant or inappropriate for the local economic conditions should not be imposed from the outside. It will not be allowed.

Trade and Commerce

PROUT also has its own specialities in the fields of trade, commerce, taxation and banking. The distribution of essential commodities will have to be done entirely through consumer cooperatives, not through the government, businessmen or different levels of middlemen. This will not leave any scope for manipulation by profiteers. As far as possible barter should be the basis for trade among self-sufficient socio-economic units. Essential commodities will have to be entirely tax free. There will be no income tax. Instead taxes should be levied at the starting point of production. The banking system will have to be managed by cooperatives. The central or federal bank will be controlled by the immediate or local government. The maxim of PROUT’s productive economy is, “Increase the purchasing capacity of the common people above all.” If this maxim is followed in practice, it will be easy to control the prices of commodities through the cooperative system and economic decentralization.

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Winter Homesteading Tasks: Planting and Pruning Fruit Trees

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Modern cave living

I'm looking to speak to people who live in modern caves, with mod cons, electricity etc. It's for a Guardian feature.

If you have experience please get in touch at danny.lavelle.freelancer@theguardian.com

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iAVs / Sandponics - From Barren Sand to Luscious Food Jungle in 2 Months

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Some tips for you🌱

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