Like most of the nation I am stuck inside this week. And the next, for an indefinite time frame.
I’ve received several urgent emails lately about buying breeding rabbits. While I appreciate the business I can’t help but feel as though it is a bit misguided. Even if you got an adult rabbit right now and bred them when you got home, it would still be a month for gestation and then another 2-3 before butcher. By the time you have an edible product we’ll be through this. There’s been a run on chicks at tsc, but that’s also 8 weeks minimum for food. Sixteen weeks for eggs. Similarly, people are planning emergency gardens. My favorite seed company is overwhelmed with orders. Maybe radishes or lettuce will grow in the timeframe we will but not much else.
Not that I mind much. People should be more self sufficient. For 100 years society has run smoothly (according to who you look at or ask) but these things always crop up and when they do the bigger the system the harder it falls. Decentralization is a good thing. But I worry the motivation is temporary.
Of course our garden is well started already. All indoors still. We got snow 2 days ago.
But all of this was started weeks or months ago. These things take time.
And of course the animals carry on without a care in the world. Pandemic or not their priorities remain steady and simple in nature.
At least we’re not going to go hungry. And our family can rely on us for eggs and maybe even meat. But it’s still a bit too cold to do work out. And veggies are a long way off.
I am interested to see how many people convert to living sustainably once everything goes back to normal. Hopefully the majority find real joy in it and stick it out. Every additional successful homestead is a win win!