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The Do It Yourself World
Join us and follow along as we strive to become fully self sufficient and off the grid on our 18 acre homestead in the woods. My wife Melanie, our daughter Michelle, and I moved in the spring of 2017 to our new homestead in Northern lower Michigan.
We are surrounded by wild State forest land teaming with wildlife. For many, this is vacation paradise. For us, this is home. There are very few full time people around, which ads to the wildness and the beauty of the area. This also leaves us pretty much alone in the quiet and peaceful forest.
We are raising chickens for meat, eggs and for some extra money to help pay the bills. We grow our own food to help offset the cost of groceries. We hunt and fish for meat as needed and to stock up for the harsh winter months.
We hope to become more and more independent of the grocery stores with time and eventually become fully self sufficient.
We are putting up solar panels and battery backup systems to power our meager needs in our off grid tiny house. We use primarily wood heat to keep us warm in the cold winter months.
We started moving into our larger store location. Part of being homesteaders and self sufficient is to provide our own source of income. Having our own store will do just that.
We managed to get our shelves moved and most of the products into the store after close of business today. Then we set up the shelves to see how they fit side by side. This gives us an idea how much space we have in the new store.
We will be able to fit two full rows of groceries in the store along with a row of shelves for consignment and a wall for refrigerated and frozen products.
Plus up front will be the cafe area.
If one of the ideas fails we remove it and add more shelves. Either way I think this store will be a success for us.
We got the shelves put together and most of the products put back on the shelves before we were exhausted and called it a night.
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