Lessons of self sufficiency
Attention, attention! You’re not going to want to miss this. Iconic homesteading personality Lloyd Kahn, is about to share some remarkable tips about homesteading and how he’s managed to live for so many years in such a self-reliant way. Here, he openly shares his story and experience, so if you’re interested at all in this type of lifestyle, check out the photos here and be sure to watch the video on the last page. Enjoy!
At 80 years old, Lloyd Kahn is an icon of alternative housing. In the seventies he was a poster child of the geodesic dome (he published Domebook One and Domebook One and Two and he and his dome home were featured in Life magazine). Kahn’s enthusiasm for shelter extends to “building every place I’ve ever lived”, including his current home which started as a dome and is now a more traditional shelter capped by a 30-foot-tall hexagonal tower (the only remnant of the dome). On our visit to the homestead, Kahn showed us his wild-caught pigeons, his seaweed harvest, well-fermented sauerkraut, home-cured olives, oatmeal grinder and workshop (where he still keeps his father’s “nuts and bolts box”). We caught Creed baking her sourdough bread (from her kitchen-harvested starter) and drying “bread seed” poppies. “We had goats and chickens and bees and I was trying to raise grain. Pretty soon I realized that if I want to raise enough wheat for the bread for a year here, it’s better left to a specialist, like I can’t be my own dentist. So you do, it’s a direction self-sufficiency. You do what you can do as much of it as you can.”
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