SURVIVING AND THRIVING
One couple trying to live a sustainable life in the north
Join us on our journey to a happy, healthy life
Living an ecological and economically sustainable life with no stress.
We live in the woods. We choose to move to the forest because we needed restoration. When our jobs ended we started our own company. When we reached our 50s we decided we needed something more from life. We always loved the forest. Camping, hiking, kayaking and canoeing. So we closed our company and just moved to the woods. Our little house is on the shore of a wide river in northern Ontario. Almost free and clear. There is nothing around us but deserted land, trees and animals. It is very quiet here. As I write this, we are sitting in the big front window. The wood is crackling in the fireplace as it keeps us warm. Looking out at the frozen water we watch a beaver dragging a small tree in his mouth over the ice. He is taking it home for lunch. In the open part of the water down near the point a River Otter has climbed out onto the ice to sun himself. What a view. Restoration at its finest.
When you spend lots of time in the woods you begin to realize how important nature is. How fragile the ECO system can be and how easy it is for us to make a huge dent in mother natures plans.
Case in Point:
We used to feed the birds from a feeder, but now we don't. One year sunflowers grew all over the property. Seeds from the bird droppings as the birds dispensed with the purchased sunflower seeds we had been filling our feeder with. While we love sunflowers, they grew tall and shaded out many of the natural wild plants that would have grown; had the birds not planted sunflower seeds as they flew away from our feeder.
Taking notice of nature, we started to think about our own foot prints as we made our choices every day.
We live in our woods and want to stay here, but where was our income going to come from? How could we cover our expenses?
We started a small canning company so we could sell our own jams and pickles at farmers markets. Check us out at firstname.lastname@example.org
So we had created a new income stream. Now we started to look at other areas of our life
We bought a hybrid vehicle. OK that would save us about 1/3 on our gas and hopefully would help with cut down on our driving foot print
FOOD now became a major interest. How could we supply ourselves with healthy food without creating another huge foot print? How could we afford to feed ourselves? Where would we get the food?
The following are some of the considerations that we have examined.
OUR DAILY FOOD
We need to be nourished.
We need a balanced diet.
Our food needs to be FRESH
Where is our food coming from?
How old is it by the time we bring it home and eat it?
Are there any vitamins left when kale travels from China?
What is the pollution cost to us when we eat food that is grown and packed half a world away?
Food needs to be cost effective, delivering the most nutrition for the lowest price.
How can we get the best price on food we need to purchase?
What foods deliver the highest vitamins and minerals for the least amount of money? Are there food SUPERSTARS?
Does WILD FOOD taste good?
What would happen if we started to GROW OUR OWN FOOD?
How would we store it?
This site is the ever unfolding story of a couple happy and thriving in the wild!