Raising a family is probably one of the most important jobs you will ever have. Teaching a child to think and do for themselves is utmost. One of the most important things we wanted our family to experience was the value of hard work and to make as many consumable items as we could. Now I know that raising a family is a hard enough job, and I'm sure when people read this they will think. Seriously....how am I supposed to fit that in my day. Believe me we did not learn everything at once. We started with small gardens and a few animals and eventually as our kids got older our list grew. Of course we frequently made what interested us but also encouraged them to try their own interests. Some experiences were great, others not so much. Our kids have found their own interests. My oldest is a very talented writer and artist, my middle loves to craft in pottery and crochet and our youngest is learning to build with wood. Our interests have evolved and changed and we are always looking for new ideas.
At this moment 2 large pots and 1 crockpot filled with lard are on the stove bubbling away. Lard is a byproduct that is plentiful due to the amount of pigs we have processed. It has always been a product we didn't know what to do with. We have tried selling it and have made many a container for pie crusts(but how many pies can a person eat?). Our newest endeavor is Soap. Soap can be made from any fat. Lard was used for soap years ago when nothing was wasted. A combination of three ingredients, lard, lye and water can be made into a soap bar that is gentle on the skin. This product will be available our store when the curing process is done.
As I have said, over the years we have added new skills to our list. It can be done. I have some great customers who I love to chat with about just this. We share ideas and I get excited when young families tell me they are learning self sufficient skills. There is a wealth of information out there to be passed along. You would be surprised to see the amount of people in your community that want to pass their knowledge on. So... a note of encouragement to those seeking this lifestyle. Keep working and learning. It doesn't have to be done at once. Give yourself time and enjoy the accomplishment!
Soap from start to finish!
Middle River Farm still has a lot of product. Click on the above tab Our Product for details.
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