Monday, May 27, 2013

What I've been watching: 'Self-reliance in LA'

I can't remember how I came across it, or long ago it was that I subscribed to Kirsten Dirksen's YouTube channel. I've seen so many great videos on there, mainly short documentaries about small-scale living around the world.

The latest one that really struck me is called 'Self-reliance in LA', about a couple who use as much of their yard as possible for growing food. They also talk about some of the food they make from scratch like bread, canned fruit & veggies, as well as some of the eco-friendly modifications they've made like a grey water system for irrigation.

They speak of the interconnectedness of people, a little on the social importance of trade & aren't trying to be entirely self-sufficient, despite what the title of the video might lead you to believe. Their idea that living cheaply allows them to be free really resonated with me.

I'm not a survivalist, or a minimalist or an extreme couponer, but I do like saving money on things or just not buying in the first place. That's part of the reason that we don't have a TV or own a car. I know a lot of people feel like owning a car gives them freedom, but when you really look at how much it costs you, then think of how many hours you need to work to pay for that, it might not be so freeing after all.

Here's the video, so you can see for yourself:

What did you think of the video? What did you take away from it? Would you try making your own bread or raising chickens?

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1 comment:

  1. Making bread is not that difficult, I've made a lot. It is a time suck though. I have a hard time keeping up with demand from my family. Homemade bread doesn't keep as long as store-bought bread either-it goes stale really fast. I guess if I baked a loaf every 2 days we might be okay, but it takes a good 4 hour chunk of time for me to make it. I've made a double batch, but the second loaf usually goes mouldy or hard by the time we eat it. And it doesn't freeze too well.


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