Unexpectedly, my husband lost his job last week. This causes all the usual panic and monetary considerations, and we certainly are no different. Fortunately, we started looking around and realized that we were not too badly off.
In January we chose to slaughter all of our pigs due to the nuisance they had become; the freezer still contains many, many pounds of pork. We have eggs coming faster than we can eat them from our hens, ducks, and turkeys. One of our turkeys is sitting more eggs. We have ducklings about to hatch in the incubator. Our cockerels have reached full size and we will butcher them in the next several days. Our rabbits are producing litters in succession, and we have several that are getting to butcher size. Finally, everything in the garden is growing; most of it really well.
We will not starve or be forced to make terrible food choices just to get adequate calories.
These things don’t pay the bills that will continue to come in, but it is good to know that we can focus what funds we do have on those and will only need minimal amounts of money to feed our family. While this is a stressful time, I am happy to see that we can make great headway in providing for ourselves right here on our land!