Back in 2008 our family and farm were featured on ABC Nightline (check out the original LIVING THE REAL SIMPLE LIFE circa 2008)

This week, they aired a piece which featured a snippet of the archival footage and focused on a very important question: “What is Your PLAN B?

That’s a really pertinent question.  Especially since, these days, we are wired to the hilt and without our certain modern tech wonders (“crutches”) we’d, well – find out!

Care to share your PLAN B?  Or how you’ve started to “walk” without certain modern “crutches.”

:: Blitz Alert::

Seeing I am so far behind, so today will be a mini posting blitz of sorts.  Hopefully can published 4 more by tonight.  So stay tuned and enjoy.


  1. Robert Lindsay says:

    just a question. What are you guys planning to do with the new bill HR875. it will prohibit anyone to sell product without goverment inspections and to make it worse, if you pass the inspection every customer that buys from you have to fill out paper work. I dont get it, I believed that obama was for the people yet this bill is horrible!!!! look into it, it is not good. best of luck.

  2. Laura says:

    This year we are increasing the amount of food that comes from our garden. We have been raising our own animals and hope to introduce goats for milk to our plans. There is a lot we still have to work out.

  3. Linda says:

    I’m always trying to improve the food garden, which in turn improves our eating habits 🙂 I’ve expanded from 350 square feet to about 500 square feet, and unless I want to take away the dogs small play area, that is about all I can cultivate. But I’ve also added blueberries in pots, and will probably expand my potted garden as I can.

    This year, we are looking into rain barrels and water harvesting. We already reuse graywater, are very careful about our water use, and have low-water landscaping in the yard. The water harvesting won’t see us through the year (we live in a desert afterall), but every bit saved helps!

    I’ve also expanded my foraging and produce trading. So far this year, I’ve foraged over two hundred pounds of fruit on accessible (and generally neglected) fruit trees, and have started a pretty basic produce trading group at work. My coworkers also “donate” their compostable food items into a communal freezer bucket that I take home a couple times a week – my coworkers are a good group, even if they DO think I’m nuts! I give out surplus produce to those who donate though (mostly to their amusement), so it’s a good cycle.

    Walk/bike to work – check
    Clothesline – check
    Home haircuts – check
    Manual dishwasher – check (me)
    Composting – check
    No plastic bags – check
    Cooking/Baking from scratch – check
    Minimal heat/AC – check

    I am already walking the path to my Plan B, and happier for it 🙂

  4. Chris says:

    We also are expanding our small garden to produce more food year-round, both inside the home and outside because we live in New England. Learning about & utilizing alternate food storage methods so as not to be reliant on one method (ie freezing, canning, drying). Adding an alternate heat & cooking sources as we tend to lose power due to storms and want an alternate cooking source(i.e. sunoven & VT bunwarmer/woodstove) which should supply enough heat during a snowstorm or damp, raw weather. Downsizing, downsizing, downsizing. Getting rid of “stuff” to make space for food production and food storage. Increased composting efforts to be more efficient. Seed integrity (knowing where our organic seeds come from and learning about saving seeds). Learning basic living skills (sewing & knitting). Making home environment as energy-efficient as possible as we work towards getting off the grid. One step at a time.

  5. Margy says:

    When we are in the city I am sorry to say I do not have a Plan B, but fortunately that is only about 25% of the year. I guess the backup for us would be to get to our cabin where we are a bit more self sufficient. But even there we depend on markets for the bulk of our food. But at least water and power needs are taken care of. I think our cabin living has affected our city needs. We have downsized quite a bit and that helps a lot. I am still learning a lot and loving it.

  6. Rose says:

    Anais I can’t see the video as I’m outside the US but I wanted to tell you that I got your DVD from the Peddler’s Wagon and we watched it yesterday. It was terrific to see your Dad, you, Justin and Jordanne “live”. We were re-inspired by you all. Please pass on my message to the others. Warm regards, Rose and Tony, Woonona Australia

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  8. Sweet Briar says:

    We live on 1/4 acre in a suburb, and we’ve always wanted to live in the country. With the housing market the way that it is, we know that we’ll have to be here a little longer than planned, so we’re calling this our “practice farm.” 🙂

    We’ve done a little: a small garden, compost, hanging laundry, backup heat, etc. We’ve (finally!) decided to greatly increase our efforts toward self sufficiency. We have added a small flock of chickens, quadrupled the size of our garden, and are adding rainbarrels for watering. We also have planted more heirloom varieties so that we can try to save our own seeds this year. We’ve been trading some things with fellow urban homesteaders (plants for eggs, etc.) We live in an area that frequently suffers power outages due to high wind, and while we do have backup heat, we’re trying to find an affordable backup power source (that will at least run the small chest freezer).

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