What is crazy to me is going out and buying tasteless tomatoes, heavily fertilized and sprayed produce that has been rushed to maturity and market, (devoid of not only flavor, but minerals and vitamins), beef that has been fed hormones, and antibiotics, and milk that has hormones in it that cause precocious puberty in our children. Do I buy such things? Only because we have only begun our venture into homesteading in the past six months. BUT - we had a small garden with the time we had to put it in, and harvested tomatoes, green beans, peas, squash, garlic, and corn. I'm still canning surplus tomatoes. I bought a grain mill and am grinding wheat to make whole wheat bread, from grain that is not treated with pesticides. Bread that is made with goat milk, honey, molasses, whole wheat, olive oil, and no white flour. (Yeah, I love white bread, but I know it isn't the best choice, and this whole wheat bread is darn good) We just bought chickens so we can have our own eggs - goodness knows there are enough grasshoppers around here to feed an army of hens. Just waiting for these girls to grow up - then they will have all the bugs they can eat, plus some scratch grain at night. We also just bought a milking doe and a young doeling so we have fresh goat milk - surplus of which either goes to my daughter to feed her one year old, or the dogs and chickens get the surplus, which cuts down on their feed bill. And we have at least 10 acres for those two goats to clear up if times get hard and we can't buy alfalfa hay. I"ve already managed to stop going to the store for bread or milk in the past six months. In another six months, I won't have to go to the store for eggs either. And hopefully next year, I won't have to go to the store for vegetables either. We WILL go to the feed store occasionally I'm sure. I give my dogs their vaccinations, which I order from a vet supply that delivers them packed in ice - and the cost of those 25 shots that I bought covers TWO puppy shots. I have three dogs that are all puppies, so I've come out ahead even if some of the shots expire. And they are good until late next year. The one thing I haven't figured out how to produce is butter from goat's milk, and I suspect I might not care for it as much as cow butter. I am not going to buy a cream separator for one or two goats, so we just drink it or cook with it. This fall we are putting in more fruit trees, and planning a BIG garden for next spring. We are planning to put in a solar powered water pump for the well, so if electric goes belly up we still have water. And we plan to put in a small wood stove for heating the house. If possible, we'd like to put in enough solar/wind power to at least keep the fridge, freezer, washer and lights going. (And maybe this computer :nerd: ) Oh yeah.. I forgot to mention - we are having the time of our life. So - what is crazy to you?