The section where he discusses a five acre farm has really got me hooked!
Are there any mamas here who farm/homestead on a small plot, like five acres? Can you come close to being self-sufficient with such a small amount of land?
We're remote ECing, unschooling, free ranging goat dairy farmers.
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I think hay would be the big thing for us, takes alot of work if you did it by hand and would need even more if you used horses/mules to help out, but I'm sure folks have done it before/now so ...
Our goal is not 100% total self-suffiency though. That is too overwhelming of a goal and I personally don't feel like that is necessary. Our goal is to have a simple, frugal life where we obtain/grow a large portion of our own food and feel that we could survive, if necessary, on our own.
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I don't mean to diminish their accomplishments--because it's incredible. But it's not the same as a meat-eating northerner's plight! LOL!
When we get a chance to homestead, I have visions of date palms, mesquite bosques, prickly pear patches, milpa gardening (corn/beans/squash), chickens, and maybe a couple of goats. But I live in Arizona and it's still just a 'someday' for me.
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Like I said, it's doable but only if we wanted to drastically change our eating habits.
It is getting very depressing. I am veg. but need to buy meat for dh and my animals.
I want some sheep and chickens and a pig to just root and till and be around. I also want some fruit trees, pumpkin patch, wheat field, and a huge garden and some big trees to climb.
So far it looks like I am going to get a .25ac parcel with a house and not be anywhere near 10% self sufficient. *sigh*
Sorry, it's getting depressing. But I love The Self Sufficient Life. I read through it all the time.
AP Mom to 5
yeah, you can definitely do it with only 5 acres. this family does it on less than an acre...http://pathtofreedom.com/journal/
THank you for that! We are mostly veg, but we are moving way up north (zone 4?), so that will present some challenges. But wow, what an inspiration!
AP Mom to 5
We will probably have some chickens anyway, just not tell too many people about it
This summer/fall we will be planting our fruit trees and berry bushes and finding a good spot for a garden. My inlaws have two vegetable gardens, one on high ground, and one on low, that way if it is unseasonable wet or dry, you will **** have a good crop.
This year we will grow our own lamb, wool, eggs, chicken, fresh veg and fruit and some storage for winter fruit and veg. We also trade for salmon and other veg.
We grow our own firewood but also get salvage firewood as there are lots of mills around here.
In future we hope to get bees and put in more fruit.
a beekeeper keeps bees on our land.
we have a one acre garden and grow all of our veggies for the year and extra for farmers markets.
we can rotationally graze our milk cow and her calf on the other three acres.
someday we'd like more land but we want to have a larger market farm. we definately can do a lot with 6 acres.
If we are to stay in this area, we will likely be limited to around 4-5 acres, so this topic is very interesting to me!