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She does an awful lot, for a renter (and a single mom)!

I enjoy Countryside tremendously. Contrary to most publications I have run into, your approach to the year 2000 is positive. It is a year for serious homesteading, and Countryside is dedicated to helping people do just that.

I am a single parent, perhaps somewhat unusual in that I have homeschooled my son and lived simply to do so. I have had to work outside our home for several years now, but we have always raised some animals, even in town, and we have grown food. We have put up, canned, dried, and generally tried to provide as much as possible for our own needs. My job as a nursing assistant does not bring in a lot of income, so necessity being the mother of invention, we have generally made do.

Confronted with the Y2K situation, we are faced with a serious problem: We rent. My income simply never gave us the ability to purchase. I am very uncomfortable in a rental situation. I sympathize with the readers in 82/6 who found they had to purchase a place in order to complete the tasks of a homesteader, such as building the root cellar, etc. There are some things one just cannot do on another's property.

I am also concerned for the insecurity of my ability to pay rent in a time when jobs are relatively nonexistent, such as Y2K. I don't know if anyone out there has any ideas on this, but if so, I would sure appreciate them.

I have thought that it would be good if I could find a piece of land I could buy under personal contract -- personal contract to someone who would be able to work with us during the insecure time of 2000. I do trust that the entire profession of nursing assistant will not go out of existence, but I have no doubts that there will be real employment problems for a time.

We raise goats and chickens. We have a large garden, and my son raises his meat hog each year. Gleaning, and gathering what others don't have the time or inclination to pick up or put up, supplies our other needs.

I do have a question for chicken fanciers. I want a breed that will reproduce itself. Buying chicks every year goes contrary to my nature. Most of the high-powered layers of today have had the broodiness bred out of them. I tried Barred Rocks, Rhode Island Reds, and New Hampshire Reds, all to no avail. My Buff Orpingtons seem to have done a bit better, and the Black Australorp made a stab at it. I would appreciate any and all help on this.

ROSEMARY SCANDALE PO Box 1597 Ranier OR 97048
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Publication:Countryside & Small Stock Journal
Date:Jan 1, 1999
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