My goal has been to develop a way of living that meets all of our basic needs from local resources in a sustainable way. Those basic needs are food, water, and energy.
Here are just a few of the gaps
- my system uses unheated hoop houses to extend the growing season throughout the year. These hoop houses are covered with PLASTIC. The functional life of the plastic is maybe 5 years. It's not local, renewable, sustainable, nor is it something I can reasonably learn to make my self.
- seeds - many of the seeds I have been using are hybrids. I can't save seeds from what they produce and expect any kind of good results.
- poultry -none of the hens I have now get broody. If I want to increase my flock from local stock I have to incubate the eggs my self.
- Fencing - All my fence is plastic (made in Germany I think...). Functional life maybe 5 years.
- Food storage - We use the freezer (see energy) and we can a lot. But all our canning uses flats to seal the jars. I don't keep that many on hand. I don't know how to make them. None of the jars we use now will work without them.
- All my energy plans (solar, wind, micro-hydro, steam, etc) require storage. The generation systems are fairly long lived and mostly repairable (except solar which is a mystery to me...) but the batteries don't last long, are made from non-renewables, and are highly toxic.
- Even my wood heat and possible power generation is presently resting on the back of my gas powered chainsaws. They don't work all that well without gas...
- Most of my current water system travels through or is stored in PLASTIC.
- Most of my water system plans involve some sort of electric powered pump with a battery as part of the system.
Medical information, supplies, and skills were another gap pointed out in my reading that I haven't even begun to think about.
What are the gaps in your systems?