Unemployment is capitalism’s way of getting you to plant a garden.
~Orson Scott Card
Being unemployed, underemployed or laid off is no joking matter.
Millions of Americans are out of work today, many with few prospects for work without moving their family or retraining for another career.
While we are blessed to be not only employed, but also an employer, I never get too far in my thinking about how we could make it without an income.
The worldwide economy is suffering right now. When and if we’ll see a recovery is anyone’s guess.
Yet, there’s another economy out there. It’s the economy of the homesteader and there’s no recession going on there. That’s because we play by a different set of rules.
The homesteader’s employer (besides God) is the soil and the weather. While these two can be harsh employers at times, much of the time they can be modified and adapted to.
The soil and the weather do not lay people off, nor do they require much in the way of credentials. Further, once you get the hang of how things work, you’ll be on your way to providing your family with nutritious food and cheap energy!
If I can do this, so can you.
Plant a Victory garden: Regardless of where you live, there is something that you can grow and put in the ground now. A few packs of seeds and you can at least grow some greens for salads. Get a little more organized and you can start growing your own food! I cannot tell you how fulfilling this is! Fall is a great time to plant perennials as well, for free!
Learn how to pressure can: Canning is a skill that will enable you to preserve the food that you come across, without using the freezer. Look on Craigslist, thift stores, garage sales, etc. and find a decent water canner, pressure canner and jars. They will pay for themselves in no time.
Call your local deer processing plant: Many times, you can put your name in for venison that hunters don’t want. I scored two deer last year, enough to feed our family much of the year. For just the processing fee, I got the venison for free.
Start hunting: This is how our forefathers did it. You want meat, you go hunt for it. Check your local laws and ordinances, but think of all the fresh meat you could bring home.
Get rabbits and a hutch: This is easily done by looking on Craigslist, for little or nothing. Rabbits can serve as meat for your family as well as give you excellent fertilizer for your garden! Learn how to raise your own meat here!
Barter your skills: Skills are just as valuable as product these days. Use your skills in exchange for goods and services.
Get chickens: Urban chicken keepers are cropping up all over! Check here for your local ordinances. While many counties won’t allow roosters, to have a few laying hens could be perfectly acceptable.
BIG cities, like San Fransisco, are allowing chickens in town, with limitations. How can a city deny a family’s right to grow some of it’s own food? We’ve done it for centuries, even encouraged to do so by our own leaders during WWII in terms of a Victory garden!
Consider wood heat: Do your homework, but if there’s anyway you can make good use of your fireplace or get a woodstove on the cheap, you should consider it. I see free firewood all the time. Save the money from your electric/gas bill for something else.