Republic Student Tries To Live An Independent Lifestyle For School, Here Are His Results

REPUBLIC, Mo. — Last month, Republic High School student Collin Chastain began work on a senior project where he would attempt to grow his own food and make his own clothes for a self-sufficiency study.

Chastain’s goal was to see how independent living works and how it would affect his mental health.

“It’s more than a project about the human spirit and what we can do to be more empowered,” Chastain said. “And a way of actually living a self-sufficient lifestyle by growing food, sewing clothes, and then tracking my mental and emotional state throughout this journey.”

After a month of this lifestyle change, he found that autonomy was not very practical and there were a lot of learning challenges.

He says he learned to grow his own food, but in reality the harvest would take much longer than the month he planned for himself.

“What I found was a way to make up for the lack of food with a barter system,” Chastain said. “And so I was able to trade my services and my skills with my neighbour. I was helping them with small projects and sewing pillows and trading them for eggs, mung beans and alfalfa sprouts.

He learned to sew two shirts, pants and a small backpack.

“I really appreciate the way our world works, but it definitely has a lower quality than what you would do making your own stuff,” he said, referring to grocery stores and clothing stores.

Chastain says it was a coincidence that his project ended on Earth Day.

“I’m glad it ended on Earth Day, as I realize that self-sufficiency is one of the best ways for an individual to help the Earth by reducing its impact on greenhouse gas emissions. greenhouse in the environment,” Chastain said. “The more we rely on ourselves, the less we support the demand for fast fashion or industrial practices with our food supply.”

At first, Chastain soon realized that he needed materials such as cloth, seeds, and tools just to get started, but it cost money he didn’t have.

He and his mother took to Facebook to barter for supplies and money.

Several Republic community members helped fund Chastain’s project by raising over $500.

After a month-long vegetarian diet, Chastain said her first meal was a Bourbon Burger from Big Whiskey’s with barbecue and fries.

“It was delicious. I loved it. It made me sick,” Chatain said.

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