You know that old saying “Self sufficient is as self sufficient does.” Ok, not really old but a new take on Gumpisms.
How can we be “self sufficient” on only 1/10 of an acre (if an acre is $1.00 we are growing our groceries on 10 cents)? Yeah, pretty amazing, huh?
Although we grow 99% of our fruits and veggies, we still are in need of the basic staples. As I say in our short film Homegrown Revolution “we are directly and indirectly self sufficient” The surplus veggies, herbs, honey, fruit, eggs that we sell go to buy staples that we need like flour, grains and oil (Check at “Eating Down the List“). In essence ,we are living off the land here on our tiny plot in the city. Both the majority of our food and sustenance comes from just under 4,000 sq ft of garden. We are city farmers that care for and tend to this patch of earth.
One reader had a question:
I would really be interested in your blogging on your blog about how your family manages the homestead finances. How the bills are paid, if there are any; do all of you get a paycheck for your own personal spending; what is the cost for all of your seeds; do you keep your sales of your produce separate from your honey; etc. I, myself, would like to be more self-sufficient and I am just interested in how you manage. Thank you for your consideration in this question – CW
- Water is $600 a year
- Electricity $7 a month / Gas averages about $15
- View updated Stats and Graphs from the Urban Homestead
We prefer to pay cash for groceries that we don’t grow.
We work for our food, so no we don’t actually get a paycheck but we do get paid in the most amazing tasting produce on this planet (ok, so I am a little biased).
Justin is chief financial officer and does a good job at keeping track of all the business expenditures. As for personal spending, each spends at his/her own will and discretion. Not that we need much “personal stuff” because we are pretty simple folks (Justin has only TWO pairs of shoes – boot and utility sandal); but what we do like to spend our money on are things for the urban homestead and sometimes we do get carried away!
I wrote a lengthy post a few years back answering a reader’s question about our family budget (if you follow each hyperlink there are certainly some gems written in this here blog !)
Check it out at
The post’s ending sums our lifestyle up the best : “”We are happy!”