This is going to be controversial, but whatever. I’m writing this in Remembrance of those who have gone before me, whether in war, of even as my ancestors who have gone through horrible moments to make my life possible
I’ve asked myself this question and contemplating the balances for years.
To be self-sufficient, food wise, I thought I should discover how to survive out of the bush in the snowy cold winters of the north. All there really is sticking up out of the snow are a few leafless twigs and barren trees. I could do the following things:
1. Scrape at the inner bark of a tree for sap - if I could get a big enough chunk cut out of one with an axe.
2. I could boil twigs as well as the plant isn’t poisonous. This would be a bitter drink! Even a dead cattail wouldn’t be any delight.
3. I could melt snow for water. It takes a startlingly large pile of snow to make enough water to get by.
4. I could dig snow away and scratch dead grass off of the ground to eat. The energy used to dig would soon become more than that gained from the small amount harvested.
5. I would need meat. If it was wild, I would need to have a good gun and a good aim and it would have to be hunting season. The government requires a junk of cash for a licence as well. Unless you have your own fish, a licence would also be needed. If a person is self-sufficient cash is not a realistic option. If it was tame, then it would have to be what we could rope and could muster the courage to kill.
This is why I think it would be good to keep a horse or horses. Most animal need to be provided with hay and water through the winter. A horse will eat snow and paw through it to get food. They might not be in great shape by the end of the winter, but they are the most likely tame animal to survive on their own. If it’s a pet it will be easy the catch too….just saying.
Some of my ancestors had to eat mice to stay alive when things got hellishly bad.