In our 36 years of rural living the only constant we have found is change. One might consider us “gentlemen farmers” since we enjoyed our endeavors for a time on 40 acres while working full time jobs. Others might consider us “homesteaders” as we abandoned our “easy city life” to raise a family for nearly a decade in a cabin in the woods without plumbing or electricity. We were homeschoolers until our students went off to college and became successful in their chosen endeavors. One thing is for sure, we embraced an alternative lifestyle of doing things the "old-fashioned" way. We wanted to be more self-sufficient, more connected to the land, and we wanted more time as a family. In 1998 we started Mayflower Trading Company to provide others interested in doing more from scratch with the basic equipment to do so.
So, that’s what we’re about – helping you.
- Are you cooking on a wood burning cookstove?
- Are you raising livestock for meat, milk and eggs?
- Are you gardening for fresh seasonal vegetables or working on a larger production for canning?
- Are you supplementing your pantry with dehydrated or freeze-dried products?
- Are you watching current events and forward planning? Are you are thinking that some future circumstance may call for a food storage and now is the time to make an investment?
- Have you found that the more you do for yourself, the more you do to yourself?
- Are you considering the possibility of leaving your home for a period of time in order to survive a disaster such as a hurricane, tornado, earthquake or worse?
- Are you using an alternative energy source?
Reasons for desiring more self-sufficiency are diverse. For some folks it’s a way to reverse debt, others recognize the prudence in being prepared for emergencies or disasters and some of us just want to escape the rat race for a simpler lifestyle. Whatever life offers up, we believe that our success in muddling through it all has to do with a firm faith in God and family, an overcomer mindset and the confidence that comes with a polished set of skills.
"There's more than one way to skin a cat." - I don't know who said it but I sure heard it a lot as a kid.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about self reliant living and we will share options that have worked for us or for others .