Welcome to RealSelfSufficiency! We’re thrilled to have you here. Really. As you’ve clicked on the “About Us” link to get here, it’s likely that you’re wondering just who is behind the site.
Well, here I am. My name is Katy, I’m a professional writer and editor, and this website is my digital baby. I started Real Self Sufficiency in 2016 to share my passion, knowledge, mistakes, experiences, and lifestyle in the hopes of helping others to be more self-sufficient and to live greener. And, because I’m a firm believer in absolute honesty, because I longed to create not only a sustainable income for my family, but something that was worth sustaining. Something I could use my skills and passions to create and, hopefully, something that would help others while helping me and my family to live free.
Our family lives as green as we can and we want to educate and inspire others to take steps to reduce their negative impact on the fragile planet that we all share. Even if it’s tiny steps and simple changes. Every teeny tiny change has a huge beneficial impact.
Living an eco-conscious lifestyle means a great deal to us. It’s not just about saving the planet – although of course that’s one of the most influential pillars of a green lifestyle – but it’s about saving money (and I mean a lot of money), improving the health of you, your family, and your pets, being less reliant on synthetic goods, “the grid”, imports, chemicals, organizations, and companies, being ready for an emergency scenario, and being as self-sufficient as possible. And no, not everyone can turn their lives into planet-saving havens of crunchy greenness. But all of us can make changes, however big or small.
As you join us on this journey, you’ll be amazed at how many small things you can change that make a big difference to you and your family as well as to the environment. Together we’ll explore organic food (both growing it and how to make it affordable if you can’t grow it), the chemicals that many of us use daily without even thinking and the safer but equally effective alternatives, how to make your own green products, homesteading, urban green living, emergency preparedness, and so much more.
It’s not all about buying organic cotton and making pretty homemade gifts. It’s about survival, too. If you suddenly found yourself in the middle of the zombie apocalypse, what would be your chances of survival? Do you have the skills to grow your own food, maintain your tools, and create a safe, sustainable home?
Along our journey, it’s likely that you’ll meet other like-minded souls from all over the world, you’ll save some serious cash, reduce your carbon footprint, feel healthier, and reconnect with each other, the planet, your body, your values, and your self.
Right now, we can choose to live sustainably, but in just a few generations, we won’t have a choice – we’ll need to live sustainably or we won’t survive. So let us teach you old-but-new-to-you skills and and help you embrace simplification and sustainability, whether you’ve got a tiny square-foot garden or a 100-acre homestead.
As I noted above, I’m a firm believer in honesty, so here’s how the site works… We generate revenue via donations, ebook sales, Google, and affiliate marketing. Now, affiliate marketing means that we share links to products and, if a reader makes a purchase using one of our links, we get a small commission. But, it’s really important to note that we never, ever share or promote products that we don’t firmly believe in. You’ll see from the reviews we write that if we think something sucks, we tell you. If something has bad points along with good ones, we lay it all out. The good, the bad, and the “meh”. Anything we get goes toward keeping the site up and running, but this is a labor of love above all else even though, as I noted, we hope it grows into a truly sustainable business. But we want you to trust us and to know that we aren’t just making promises in the hopes of landing a sale. We love what we do, we love our readers, and we love our planet.
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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.
Founder. 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. She’s been writing and editing professionally for over a decade, and she’s been living green her entire life. She firmly believes that every small green change we make has a huge impact.
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.