Monday, June 12, 2017

Self-Sufficient Farming

By Karen Roguski
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As you might have read in my personal introduction I come from the land of self-sufficient farming. How many reading this blog actually know just what this entails? Well, let’s take a closer look.

Defining Self Sufficient Farming

The most basic of definitions would say that self-sufficient farming is a way in which one or a group is able to supply the majority of their everyday means of survival. This can include a number of different means such as those highlighted below.
  • Growing crops to feed yourself or your group. This could include items such as grain, fruits, and vegetables to name a few.

  • Raising those animals essential for assisting in the feeding process above. These could include goats, cows, and chickens.

  • Having knowledge resources for obtaining various power types. For this section one might consider creating solar power, making candles, or any other means of self-support.

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Area of Land Needed

Many a discussion can be found and heard in regards to the amount of start-up space one might need to start becoming a self-sufficient farmer or homestead of farmers. As long as one takes the time to make a plan in advance to beginning they will discover whether more or less space is required.
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To properly care for the land, for example doing crop rotations, the majority of recommendations say not to go smaller than an acre for farming groups. Of course, when planning out the space one has to work with it is important to also properly consider the animal or animals that will be helping them along the way. Be sure to include plenty of space for grazing and feeding, for example.

Buildings and Quarters

Another area that is very important to self-sufficient is the necessary buildings for storage, sleeping, and other basic needs. These buildings or structures will vary greatly on a number of people joined together, the layout of the land, and the area's climate to give one a few examples.

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Keep an Open Mind

Starting out in self-sufficient farming does not happen instantly or even overnight. One of the most important things one should always remember can be seen in the following suggestions.
  • Keep an open mind and remember it takes time for all aspects to come together.
  • Think outside the box. This is one of the first pieces of advice many do not hear. Self-sufficient farming has no set rules or plans to refer.
  • Don’t give up on the “normal” life until one can show a definite means in which to survive. Keeping the current job is often a necessary evil for survival on the long term.
  • Take proper care of the land. The only way to maintain your investment of time and funds is to insure the land is being provided for, it is imperative for self-sufficient farming to have long term success.

Self Sufficient Farming

The act of self-sufficient farming may not be for everyone and does take a lot of work, planning, effort, and struggling. For many this may be the perfect way of life, for others, it might be more practical to make it a bit smaller scale.

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No matter if one decides to take the giant leap or simply make farming a new hobby the hard work that is invested will pay for itself in so many gratifying ways. It is a great feeling to make dinner out of the items you grow and nurture with your own hands. Above all else take the time to have some fun each step of the way.
We here at The Family Survival Farm wish you the very best. Please let us know how things are going, ask questions you might have, share pictures, and tell us your story as we look forward to each and every comment.