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Hi! I’m Lauren! Welcome to my little corner of the interwebs! Here I share from-scratch, farm-fresh recipes, herbal remedies, gardening tips, and other useful tricks to become self-sufficient and truly enjoy the life you’ve been given!

My Beginnings

If you had met me 5 years ago, you would have met a very different person. In the middle of a bitter divorce, I was bankrupt, moved back in with my folks, and was barely getting by. I was failing out of school, commuting 2 hours each way to a job I hated.

Fast forward a few months and I rekindled the flame with my high school sweetheart. One of the things that drew us together was that we had both been penniless, in debt, struggling and we knew we didn’t want to go back there again.

We shared a common goal of self-sufficiency, independence, and freedom. Freedom from the stresses of money, of corporate ladder-climbing, of time, of the economic and political upheaval our country is currently in.

We saved up, daydreamed, learned how to can, how to grow our own groceries, ferment all sorts of things, and generally worked towards a self-sufficient lifestyle.

Our Homestead

Finally, the years of scrimping and saving paid off. We found the perfect homestead! 18 acres, complete with small orchard and several outbuildings. Now we’re growing our homestead from scratch, day-by-day cutting our ties with the grid and the grocery store.

We’re building a self-sufficient life from scratch, and you can too!

Yes! I want to learn how to live better through self-sufficiency!

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Thursday 7th of September 2017

I will pre-order it now! lol I lived outside Richmond in Chesterfield county when I was around 12 & loved it. Would love to get some seeds of the wild plants around you, stuff like milkweed, poke....I recently moved back to the Ca desert town of 29 Palms {a Marine town!} and am starting my life over...I am 65 so it's kinda late to start over but I almost died from the mold in Oregon & had to leave. Anyway, buying a house with a sterile yard & hoping I can get enough compost made to start a garden this spring...we do not have dirt here or anything you can call soil! Enjoy reading your story. Thinking maybe I can form a seed swap club on FB to replenish my supply.

Lauren Dibble

Thursday 7th of September 2017

If you do start a seed swap, but sure to invite me! I'm saving milkweed and wild cherry seeds this Fall. But we've got goldenrod, wild raspberries, red buds, all sorts of stuff to harvest!


Friday 4th of August 2017

Love your website and your story!

Lauren Dibble

Sunday 6th of August 2017

Thank you Becca! I'm tempted to write a book one of these days :)