The Self Sufficient Pantry is the manifestation of everything I’ve learned about food and being self sufficient over the last 20 or so years?

If you ask any of my family members, they’ll tell you I love animals and how I started out being a Vegetarian- I was even on PETA’s physical newsletter for the longest time ever as a kid!

I remember feeling really torn about doing the right thing in regards to raising animals for food. According to PETA, there was no right way.

Animals didn’t belong to us and they were not for us to eat or use for entertainment.

Even simple dog ownership was forbidden.

Most of my family was situated in a small forgotten town in Wyoming.

I like to think of Wyoming as one of those states where the more modern times haven’t quite caught up with the rest of the state, but that’s just me.

Don’t get me wrong, this is one of the reasons why I love Wyoming.

Anyways, being from Wyoming, my family were also into the outdoors.

So that meant lots of fishing and hunting.

All things I didn’t agree with at the time because, well, PETA said it was bad.

I followed PETA religiously like a bible during my younger years.

It wasn’t until I got a literal slap to reality that made me kinda view food and animals differently. After that, I stopped subscribing to their newsletters and their little gifts they’d send in the mail.

And I coasted for several years eating animal by products just fine until I reached High School where our health teachers started making us watch documentaries like Food INC, What The Health, etc.

I’ve never been one to just take a video or book and just run with it.

I have to research it from multiple angles, check out other standpoints and viewpoints, look at sources and so on.

Some of the videos we watched in Health class had a certain biases towards them that I just couldn’t seem to shake off- so I started doing my own research.

Once again, I became conflicted by my feelings and thoughts.

I wanted what was best for the animals, but I also enjoyed eating animal byproducts, but I certainly didn’t enjoy knowing that I was contributing to the suffering of many animals because of my nutritional desires.

There had to be another way.

As if by chance, I stumbled upon a book while at the local library.

I don’t remember what the title was, but the book basically was like a really relaxed journal of a single normal person- just like you and me- who ended up purchasing a steer calf and raising it from a calf to slaughter weight.

He/she then sent the calf to a local slaughterhouse in the end.

But throughout the entire book, the author recorded their inner thoughts and struggles, and I found myself relating to what they said soooo much.

That’s not even the best part though.

The best part was when I had an ahah! moment where I realized I didn’t need to be a huge commercial farm or ranch to raise my own animals to eat.

But I also didn’t need to contribute the suffering of commercially raised animals either…

And thus, my road to the self sufficient pantry and home began.

Welcome to the Self Sufficient Pantry.

I hope you find clarity from my blog if you’re in the same footsteps I was in, or even if you’re yo-yoing between being a vegetarian/vegan versus being a self sufficient person such as myself who doesn’t put money into the pockets of large producers, but instead raises their own animals knowing that the animals are being treated humanely and are getting their needs met.

Also, I just want to let you now that even if you’re not capable of raising your own animals just yet, even if you’re paying a small local producer to raise the animals for you- you’re still taking a step in the right direction.

I hope you enjoy your stay.

-Candace M