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Urban Homesteading: Tips to Live a More Self-Sufficient Lifestyle

Buying groceries each week can be time-consuming and expensive — especially if you make an effort to buy local, organic goods. Wouldn’t it be great to get some produce from your backyard? Whether you want to start your own garden, raise your own chickens, or simply want to become a “greener… Allstate https://i0.wp.com/blog.allstate.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Planting-Garden_Thinkstock.jpg?fit=2122%2C1415&ssl=1
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Buying groceries each week can be time-consuming and expensive — especially if you make an effort to buy local, organic goods. Wouldn’t it be great to get some produce from your backyard? Whether you want to start your own garden, raise your own chickens, or simply want to become a “greener person,” here are some tips to start living a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

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