Hi everyone, I have been obsessed with the self sufficient me videos for awhile, so I thought I would join your community. My husband and I have purchased 5 acres on a lake as our future retirement home. He has graciously game fenced a 50 x 50 foot area for me to garden and do “whatever I want to do.” We have built a chicken coop in one corner and a large raised bed from cinder blocks in another. I added a fruit tree and some blackberry bushes. Bees will be coming in late March. I have future visions of meat chickens, quail and turkeys. I have gotten a little carried away with everything, but I am having so much fun, and I feel so much better eating organic home grown food. I am trying to learn more about canning and preserving beyond just making jam. (I am going to try sauerkraut for the first time this weekend.) I can’t wait to read everyone’s posts, but I had to stop by here first and say g’day!