When we lived in the middle of nowhere in Vermont surrounded by acres and acres of woods it was easy to think of being self-reliant. We had a large garden where we grew a lot of our food, we had a well-stocked pantry and we heated with wood from our own property. After making a cross-country move and finding ourselves living in the city I wonder if self reliance in the city is possible?
We are currently renting a small one-bedroom apartment while we begin to search for our next home. Instead of being surrounded by woods we are surrounded by other homes. I truly believe it is possible to be self reliant even when living in the city.
The key to self-reliance in the city is having a heart for homesteading, start cutting your costs and save money for the day when you will own your acreage in the country. Our goal may not be to move back to the rural life but we do plan to have some acreage to once again garden and plan to be keeping chickens.
In the meantime we continue to live the self-reliant lifestyle.
If we can’t have raised beds I plan to raise some food in containers. I have previously grown lettuce in pots with a lot of success. I have access to my daughter’s raised beds and I can also look into community gardens. When we were first married and lived in an apartment we had a community garden close to where I worked. The community gardens were in an old pasture and the soil was some of the richest garden soil we’ve ever had.
We will continue to live simply. We’ve already made many steps to de-clutter before we moved and it is so much easier to make do with what you have rather than running out to purchase things you don’t have. For years we lived a simple life, it was a good 45-minute drive to the shopping area and you had to plan carefully before making the trip.
Buy in Bulk. When we lived in Vermont we were part of a local co-op and were able to purchase things like flour, wheat berries and sugar in bulk. While we don’t have much room in our small apartment to do much stocking up I plan to have another well stocked pantry when we find our new home.
Figure out what you can make yourself. It is so easy to make your own laundry soap whether you live in the city or the country. Making your own household cleaners not only will you save money but it is better for the environment. Make your meals from scratch instead of buying processed food. Again you will save money and eat healthier!
Self-reliance in the city is possible; it’s more a frame of mind that whether or not you have a country farm or a suburban lot. Live a simple life without spending a lot of extra money and you can be self-reliant as well.
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