Lessons Learned From 40 Years Of Self-Reliance On A Half-Acre Homestead… – Eco Snippets

Lessons Learned From 40 Years Of Self-Reliance On A Half-Acre Homestead…

Lessons Learned From 40 Years Of Self-Reliance On A Half-Acre Homestead...


At 80 years old, Lloyd Kahn’s home is only a small part of his half-acre homestead where he and his wife Lesley Creed believe in doing things for yourself. Besides tending the organic gardens (and dozens of free-range chickens), Creed is a natural dyer, quilter, sourdough bread-maker and believer in the “value of actually working, not just trying to figure out how not to work”.

On a visit to the homestead, Kahn showed us his wild-caught pigeons, his seaweed harvest, well-fermented sauerkraut, home-cured olives, oatmeal grinder and workshop (where he still keeps his father’s “nuts and bolts box”). We caught Creed baking her sourdough bread (from her kitchen-harvested starter) and drying “bread seed” poppies.

Years ago the couple were pushing the boundaries of self-sufficiency to include goats and harvests of wheat, but Kahn found his limits. “With self-sufficiency you never get there, you never become self-sufficient. I mean we tried back in the seventies. We had goats and chickens and bees and I was trying to raise grain. Pretty soon I realized that if I want to raise enough wheat for the bread for a year here, it’s better left to a specialist, like I can’t be my own dentist. So you do, it’s a direction self-sufficiency. You do what you can do as much of it as you can.”



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Paul Doherty xx

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I have the book Shelter.

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Cheryl Ann Biddle watch this video you’ll love
We must get into this sour dough bread thing
All the time in the world ????

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It takes a community, someone to grow the grains to trade with the vegie grower, bee keeper, meat dairy raiser etc. we can all do it on the small scale but to expect one or two people to do it all is impossible. Banding together with likeminded people but with different skills is ideal! Great to hear it from seasoned experts!

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Anna McCulloch

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Shannan Patrick

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It is a priviledge.

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Sean Starbird, great video and words of wisdom.

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Roxy Hart Chris Hart

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beautiful simple self-sufficient ecological life way it is should be 😉

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Marlo S. Johnston

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Eating pigeons, really? Nope. Guess he never read about Cher Ami. Or know what that even means.

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