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I'd love to do it if I could. In the village it isn't possible, but my grandparents basically lived that way especially when they were younger, as they got older they bought more and were less self sufficient.
They lived on the farm and only left it once a week. They had a couple of cows for milk, they grew a beef cow at a time, chickens for eggs and meat, a pig or two, and a few turkeys. Grandma grew a full acre for a garden and grew every vegetable that they would eat that year, including popcorn and spent weeks each year freezing and canning everything they could. They had a large cold storage room for all the root vegies too. They had a wood burning furnace and took the wood from the dead trees in the bush. Grandma used a wringer washer for all her laundry and hung everything on the line to dry outdoors in the summer and indoors in the winter, she didn't own a dryer. It was definitely a simpler way of life.
We are pretty self sufficient. I grow all our veggies and can/freeze them for winter. I have 400ish hills of potatoes planted. We grow our own beef, our Hutterite neighbours grow the chickens. Our water to the house does not need electricity to run.
I think our life has became simpler with us homeschooling we only go to town for sports, and there is no grocery store there. We have to go to the city for food and supplies.
Allright, I'm just going to confess, it's not my thing, and not my dream. If I had a true heart for it I could, I live on a farm and have the room. I have finally been able to say that I don't love having a big garden out loud. I now have a garden to grow stuff in that I can take out and eat right away, that part I like.
I'd never have one cow to milk just so that I have my own milk, way too much work and hassle.
I do like hanging stuff to dry outside. And I do really love living on a farm and having animals (cows and horses).