Without going too far off the deep end, we see an ever-pressing need to be able to economically provide as much untainted, untreated food for our family as possible. We will reduce our dependency on the public food supply while reducing the myriad of pesticides, preservatives, and growth chemicals that we consume through our food. Simultaneously we will decrease our food bill while drawing us closer to God and His creation, and also creating a sense of security should something catastrophic happen in the future. Beyond meeting our own needs, we intend to sell select items to the public and also donate a portion to church functions and local homeless shelters.
Each of us has at least one chronic medical condition that benefits from a reduction in processed foods and an increase in quality whole foods. Our family lives with a wide range of ailments including seasonal and food allergies, asthma, cold urticaria, eczema, high cholesterol, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, and even the loss of a gall bladder. Naturally grown and raised food sources help us reduce the impact these medical issues have on our lives. Providing for our own needs is an integral part of that, as we transition from a mostly mass-produced diet to one where we control the content of what we consume. It will not cure all of our ills, but the difference is noticeable and the satisfaction is incalculable.
We value logical planning, hard work, determination, smart budgeting, open communication, honesty, fairness, family time, humor, humility, and faith. We strive to be better at each of these things every day. We aim for synergy within the family structure and, realizing that this is sometimes impossible, we also work to remain flexible. We love to spend time with extended family but, unfortunately, we do not live very close to any of our relatives. Hopefully, one day we will be able to realize a longstanding dream of living closer to our families. Until that day, we will make the most of what we have, where we are.