I have thought and thought on Gert. I have a detailed plan on becoming like Gert.
Sugar - maple trees tapped for sugar in spring and fall
Tea - grown in shady terraces and processed methodically
Grain - corn and buckwheat grown in garden*
Vegetables - 70+ varieties grown in garden*
Fruit - apples, plums, cherries, peaches, and pears grown in forest clearing. Berries grown in fruit tree shadows. Grapes grow on arbor in the summer kitchen complex. Annual fruits grown in garden. Pulp left over from cider and wine pressing is used to finish pigs.
Tobacco - turkish and landrace varieties grown together in garden and freely allowed to pollinate. Processed in summer kitchen complex.
Meat** - fish from nearby river, deer and turkey from the forest, pigs and chickens raised for meat on the farm. Preserved largely by smoking, canning, and freezing.
"Of all the beings that exist, man is only one. Among all the Millions of men on Earth, those that live by farming are only a small portion. smaller still are those that have office or wealth and ride in carriages. Of all these, a man on a carriage is nothing but a fleck of hair on a horse's flank."
My wife had a 'wake up' moment a while back. We had been going to a self sufficiency class in our church. This class was focused on finances (there are other classes with other focuses). My wife realized that she had been worrying about the money to buy things we needed. She suddenly realized she didn't need the money, she needed the stuff. So she started to focus and pray on how to get the things we needed. She quickly and consistently found the stuff either free or very cheap from a variety of sources. My wife told my daughter who is homesteading in Alaska about this. My daughter did the same thing. She needed a bookcase, a printer and something else (I forget what it was). She felt like she should check the dump. (they have an area where people can leave stuff others might want). She found everything but the printer there, exactly what she needed. While she was loading it, a guy drove up to drop off a printer. He had bought a new one but the old one worked perfectly. This attitude of repurposing and scrounging is part of the permies mindset. The reason I tell the story is to point out that needs were met without spending money. What we need is our needs met, not the money to pay to get our needs met.
yep, this ^^^
dumpster thriving, needing things and not necessarily money, i had the same revelation, and it changed my life.
it gave me the courage to jump into my passions and art, to basically give up wage slavery and decide all i HAD TO DO, was make art, grow food, and build things/find shelter.
so this is what i do to the best of my ability, and freedom from wage slavery is worth at least a million bucks.
directly providing, shamelessly scrounging, growing, building those things instead of buying it all, is not only economical, but empowering.
manifesting is always fun too =) just to have faith in the abundance of the universe, amidst the illusion of scarcity and desperation, to just MANIFEST things...simple magic. =)
well fortune favors the bold, and you have to put it out there, but i have definite used the fates help somehow just simply manifesting the THINGS needed, in fact i have knack for it. anything i need, truly need, i can usually manifest fairly easily, by forming the full image of it in my mind, fleshing it out a bit, and just asking the universe to provide. then i find it randomly, someone offers, craigslist post, etc etc =)
Look ma! I'm selling my stuff!
It's like binging on 7 seasons of your favorite netflix permaculture show