Mostly, we made do with what we had. Vegetables grew very well with horse manure in the sand, but for 3 years the grasshoppers ate everything. I wore underwear with an elastic because they were all up your arms and down your neck.
We made wild hay and we put 5 acres of Timothy beside the house for the cattle. Everybody pitched in.
The men hunted ducks in autumn for fresh meat, and seals in winter for oil. We would raise a litter of pigs so everyone had a pig to put down for winter meat.
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