How People live on being self sufficient?

Im trying to understand how people can be self suffecient, grow there own food, have there own farm aninmals etc...Arent some plants ONCE A YEAR plants? So how is that that we stay stocked with fresh fruit and veggies at the store all year round? I have been looking into buying a property and pretty much be self sufficient with my own farm animals , plants , etc. I just dont understand how this is possible because i always thought most plants are once a year crop. So how would u eat in the winter when the plants arent producing?

Asked By: - 1/4/2011
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the five answers before me are all correct - save seeds, home processing... More
Answered By: t-rexs - 1/5/2011
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Yes, most of our veggies are annual plants. They have a flower, which goes to seed, and then die. If you want to grow more veggies you must harvest the seeds ... but you have to use non-hybrid, heritage strains... More
Answered By: Been There - 1/4/2011
In winter, you can eat food you preserved in fair weather, dried meat, or what you get hunting or trapping, then gutting, skinning, and cooking. Meantime, you have to take care of water supply, shelter, and personal health. It is an extremely hard life compared to life in society. Probably the fastest way to learn it... More
Answered By: Danny - 1/4/2011
being self sufficent is very hard work. . when your vegetables are ready to harvest you have to prepare them and either freeze them or can them and i dont mean in a can, in a canning jar. there is a lot to learn about canning and freezing. there are a lot of books out there on the subject. i suggest you read all you... More
Answered By: dude - 1/4/2011
Well, the fresh stuff you see at the store is imported from other countries where they have the proper weather for production. So you are right, you can't have fresh stuff all year around if you are going to be self sufficient. What you grow, you will have to "put up" either by canning or by drying. If you are going... More
Answered By: Karen - 1/4/2011
I guess it depends what the climate is like where you live. We are fortunate to live in a mild climate so can grow veges and fruit all year round. Some fruit and veges are spring, summer, autumn, winter vege. Buy a book on vegetables, it will tell you what veges to grow and when. If you have a harsh wintert, you... More
Answered By: Sylvia Lyall - 1/5/2011
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