Welcome! Here at Real Self-Sufficiency, we provide real, practical, genuine advice and information related to modern homesteading. We have first-hand experience and/or education in all aspects of growing food and ornamentals organically, raising healthy livestock, herbal remedies, DIYing, and more.
We never write about stuff we don’t know about – we only ever want to give you information you can trust. And we’ll never put this information behind an overpriced paywall or inside an insanely expensive (and often useless) course.
We want to share our combined knowledge and experience to help you learn new skills, grow a productive garden to help feed your family, raise healthy livestock, reduce waste, save money, cook delicious, healthy food from scratch, and learn how to build things.
Whether you’ve got a tiny square foot flower bed or a sprawling 50 acre homestead, we provide the knowledge and skills you need to make the most of it. We know how to keep livestock thriving and we know how to compost properly, how much to water which plants and when, and how (and what) to forage.
You can depend on us, because we live this lifestyle. Our writers have practical experience in the topics they write about. They each have their own areas of expertise related to modern homesteading and self-sufficiency, so you can rely on us to provide real, field-tested advice from people who run their own farm, feed their family from their backyard, cook from-scratch meals, preserve food, and more.
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Meet The Team
As we’ve grown, we’ve teamed up with amazing writers from all over the world who have real-world experience of growing food, raising livestock, homesteading, crafting, green living, and more. We’re a passionate bunch and we provide information you can rely on. You won’t find random, ill-conceived or downright dangerous nonsense here – just reliable, practical knowledge from those who have real experience.
Katy Willis, FCMA
Modern homesteader practicing everyday sustainability and green living.
Katy is a life-long homesteader and home herbalist. She is passionate about living naturally, growing food, keeping livestock, foraging, and making and using herbal remedies. Katy is an experienced home herbalist and qualified fellow of the CMA (Complementary Medical Association). She grows 100% organic food on roughly 5 acres and raises goats, chickens, and ducks. She also lovingly tends her orchard, where she grows many different fruit trees. And, because she likes to know exactly what she’s feeding her family, she’s a seasoned from-scratch cook and gluten-free baker. Katy teaches foraging and environmental education classes including self-sufficient living, modern homesteading, seed saving, and organic vegetable gardening, helping others learn forgotten skills, reconnect with nature, and live greener and healthier. She also has two dogs who she raises naturally, providing a raw diet, positive reinforcement training, and natural healthcare.
Becky has been living green for more than a decade. She’s a small-scale homesteader who is always learning new ways to make life a little greener. Rebecca is also an avid chicken keeper who knows how to keep a flock happy and healthy. Her chickens are kept for egg production, weed clearing, and fertilizer, as she’s too attached to use them for meat. Rebecca has plenty of hands-on experience with DIY, remodeling, and craft projects and has an awful lot of plans in her “next projects” binder. Along with the chickens, Becky keeps bees, operating a small but productive apiary on her homestead. She creates and sells candles, balms, and salves as well as honey from her hives and is a huge proponent of fighting hard to save the declining bee populations. She also works hard to grow and preserve enough food to feed her family year-round.