Becoming More Self Reliant


Becoming More Self Reliant

A lot of people have the dream of a few acres of land and self reliance (as opposed to self -sufficiency, which is a myth!). This group is to draw together the experiences of those living the dream and sharing the lessons learned on the way with those still working towards living on the land.

Members: 164
Latest Activity: Jan 31, 2019

How do you make it work?

A friend who is a valuer told me last year that lifestyle blocks have the highest turnover of ownership or all property types. The idea of land ownership is loved by many, but what does it take to succeed in becoming self reliant? The romanticism of a rural lifestyle vs the reality of living the lifestyle can be miles apart. So, what does it take to realise a self reliant lifestyle and how have you achieved this?

I would love for you to share your lessons and advice to myself and others:
What combinations of activities have worked for you e.g. paid employment vs earning an income off the land?
Where did you start off?
Do you still undertake paid employment part time to get by or have you transitioned fully to living off the land?
What were you biggest challenges and what were your biggest lessons learned?...

Discussion Forum

Over doing it! 14 Replies

  We bought a 7 Acer block 11 months ago! so coming up to a year we have a Orchard that is constantly under attack by 30 sheep. 16 pigs, 63 chickens, 11 ducks, 2 horses and 6 cattle and 2 Geese.…Continue

Started by Shona Cullen. Last reply by Kate Oct 20, 2013.

Dreaming... 11 Replies

My current thoughts are the more $ you have up front to be freehold on land the better, so more time can be spent on the land and less paid employment in transitioning. However, it is a toss up…Continue

Started by Laine. Last reply by Shona Cullen Oct 16, 2013.

green control of pampas 2 Replies

What are the best ways to control and eradicate pampas grassContinue

Started by Kate. Last reply by Serra Kilduff Feb 26, 2013.

The Myth of Self Reliance 1 Reply

Hi All,Here's an article to make us think a bit deeper about our dreams. I agree with it whole heartily. It links in to wider Transition Towns concepts well:…Continue

Started by Laine. Last reply by Hanna Feb 6, 2013.

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Comment by Scott B on April 7, 2012 at 4:48pm

interesting peter.... tv is an easy way to disseminate informatiom and educate people, which is what the tv part is about.... creating a show on how to incorporate sustaninable practice into everyday living, weather that is really a tv programme or shows on youtube i think,

tv shows on overseas attempts on sustainability and its ease in every day life is what brought me here...

Comment by Laine on April 4, 2012 at 11:39am

I disagree! Ning is easy to join, log in, share photos, vidoes and keeps the focus within one site, rather than the broader FacreBook. Go ooooby!

Comment by Peter Niepel on April 4, 2012 at 11:22am

Hello Raven, what is the "TV" part in the group? I am opposed to TV ("Fast Food for the Brain") and can't really see how it can play a role in sustainability.



Comment by RaVeN on April 4, 2012 at 10:37am

Hi Oooby members,

I don't know if its due to ning being a hardsite for new folk to join or even that its just to hard to log in. But I beleive we have a huge group of like minded folk on facebook. Its alot easier to share info post photos and video of our garden creations or generate action when its needed.

So I have started a facebook group named My Sustainable World for those passionate about sustainability please join us (yes it once was a ning site).

My Sustainable World- Social TV

This group also has set its members a challenge to grow food or forage in their own backyards and show us what you are eating sowing or harvesting. It can be just one meal grown sustainably or do our 30 day challenge sharing your daily experiences and victories. We have also presenters researching ideas for us all and interviewing local sustainability experts. So with your help we can grow our communities sustainably.  Don't forget to get snapping photos and get posting.

Live well.


Comment by RaVeN on December 18, 2011 at 12:30pm
Comment by Richard Grevers on November 17, 2011 at 4:56pm

We have replaced our old fridge/freezer with bigger but much more efficient (ER 6 and 5) ones which use less power overall, washing machine which uses less power and water (all preparation for moving off grid), and gone without a drier since it broke several years back. I dismantled the old washing machine, keeping the motor, pump, relays and stainless steel bowl - sure they will come in handy somewhere.

I've made jam, marmalade and curds (have bought one jar of jam this year), relish and worcester sauce. We've replaced some cleaning chemicals with home-made natural ones. We are meat free an average of two meals a week and use smaller quantities (e.g. 300gm of steak for 2 adults + 2 kids) of farmers market meat on many of the other days. Having only one car makes economising on travel difficult at times, with extra trips resulting. Both schools are too far for walking/biking - we did try car pooling but actually ended up doing as many km.

Comment by moggy on November 17, 2011 at 3:35pm

We currently have a 10 acre block, though will be downsizing in the near future (move to NI). Most of the land is not productive, so what we can do here is not much different from the average large back garden. I do make my own sausages, I recommend this forum if you want to learn more I make goats cheese when the goats are in milk ( not for more than a year now). I have made wine in the past and intend to again. I am kean cook and make most things from scratch, though this is not always the cheapest option

Comment by Yvonne Nikolaison on November 17, 2011 at 9:46am
For those who are not yet living on a block of land, what are you doing to live sustainably?

For myself I make my own cleaning products, cheese (during summer months), just started making sausages,(any recipes would be appreciateed) bread, veges,
cordials, some wine and cider, pastry, ice cream. It seems a small list.
Comment by moggy on January 31, 2011 at 2:46pm

cant say I have made either, but camembert should have mould on the outside.


I store mine in the fridge as I don't have another optio, here it is too hot and dry to store anything except in a frdige.

Comment by Yvonne Nikolaison on January 31, 2011 at 2:37pm
I have had mouldproblems with both cambert and Gouda . How are you storing your cheese?

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