Milk and eggs. Two things we know we can get on our homestead. Two important life-sustaining items. Except… chickens and goats don’t just thrive on their own. Maybe with a fully functioning, robust permaculture design, we might have the natural food stuffs the animals require for optimal health and production. Until then, they rely on outside sources for food.

Which means we’re essentially back where we started. Instead of shopping for milk and eggs at the store, we’re shopping for chicken feed and hay bales. We haven’t lessened our dependence on outside sources at all.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s a step in the right direction. We have to shuffle WHAT we shop for before we can position ourselves to be more self-reliant. We CAN get there, at least I think we can.