HomesteadingHomesteading Couple Hasn’t Bought Groceries in a Year of Self-Sufficient Living

Homesteading Couple Hasn’t Bought Groceries in a Year of Self-Sufficient Living

Chris and Stef jumped into self-sufficiency last year when they decided not to buy groceries for an entire year, including staples like salt, sugar, coffee, and flour! Instead, they’ve been growing, catching, raising, and harvesting 100% of their food supply on a small 1/2 acre homestead.

We cannot wait for more people to experience this type of eye-opening change. Indeed we should all be aware of our waste production and our impact on the planet, as well as where our food comes from, especially animal products, and the environmental and ethical costs of it. Thank you for spreading such an important message. This home and property are beautiful works of love. Best of luck on your journey to total self-efficiency.

 They’re only a few weeks away from completing their year-long homestead challenge and they attribute their success to hard work and to the fact that they live in the Southern Gulf Islands where they have a great growing climate and access to the ocean. Be sure to follow their@Lovin offtheLand homesteading adventures (  – they’re going to continue producing most of their own food even after the challenge is done, and may even announce a brand new challenge later this year!

The couple’s four main sources of food have been:

  • CATCH – they catch fish, prawns, and other seafood from the ocean
  • GROW – they grow loads of vegetables, fruit, herbs, and spices on their land
  • HARVEST – they forage for things like mushrooms, berries, nuts, and seaweed
  • RAISE – they raise laying hens, chickens, and turkeys for eggs and meat

Eating only what they produce has drastically reduced the amount of money that Chris and Stef spend on groceries (they still buy hygiene products and other items that are not food and beverages) but a lot of the savings went directly towards building infrastructures like fencing and the chicken coop.

Another advantage of living off the land and sea like this is that they have noticed a huge reduction in the amount of household waste they’re throwing out. Food from the garden doesn’t come in a package!


Bryan Thomas
Bryan Thomas
Hello, I'm Bryan Thomas, a passionate advocate for sustainable living, emergency preparedness, and self-reliance. With over a decade of experience in homesteading and a background in environmental science, I aim to educate and inspire others to live a more sustainable and self-sufficient lifestyle.

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