black hole, open up wide your lost son is coming inside spaceship or a lifeboat? pull me out, coach, i’m ready to float who would fardels bear to grunt and sweat ‘neath a life that was so mundane? and what would you expect from a guy like me on a day such as monday?
The journey to achieving a sustainable, self-sufficient, cost-effective homesteading lifestyle is not always cheap. The Hubs and I are pretty much starting our journey from scratch, but we do everything we can to keep project costs low. Over the years, we discovered a few “free resources” that can be easily acquired from local businesses. All you gotta to is ask. Nicely~
Used Coffee Grinds and Tea Leaves: In the past two years, I must have recycled at least 200 pounds worth of these beverage waste product as garden compost or a growing medium for oyster mushrooms. Coffee establishments are generally pretty nice about leaving grinds for you to pick up, but try to call ahead.
Animal Fats: Historically regarded as a precious resource across cultures for much of human history, today a lot of “fat trimming” is thrown away from meat processing locations. We discovered that at some locations, the folks behind the meat counter would gladly give away fat trimmings. I use fats in my home-ground meats to make burgers and sausages. I’ve also rendered the fats into lard for various uses like making pemmicanandsoap. And of course, on occasion I feed the fats to as treats to the chickens or to the black soldier fly grubs, which in turn matures into a adult grub treat for the girls.
Woodshavings & Wood Waste: We are very fortunate to live close to a woodworkers shop. Every couple of months we drop by to collect big bags of woodshavings and wood waste for free. We mainly use the shavings as bedding for the chicken coop, which eventually makes it into the compost bin to breakdown into compost for our garden.
How about y'all other seasoned homesteaders? Any tips to get free resources for homesteading projects?
Have you ever been called an asshole? Ever been the one in the relationship with the upper hand? Titus Andronicus understands. I’m a sucker for a Titus Andronicus ballad, and on their new album “Local Business”, they add another great one to their catalogue. It’s a sprawling track whose first few lines are:
“It’s not that I wanted to hurt you, I just didn’t care if I did
It is not that I just forgot you, also, I forgot everything else
It is not that I do not love you, it’s just that I hate everyone”