Homesteading, Organic Gardening, How to Farm, Preparedness, Self-Reliance
I was fortunate enough as a child to grow up on a ranch, riding horses, running with goats, exploring the woods and whatever young kids can find to do in the great outdoors. At the age of 14 we moved to the city, it was an exciting change at first but as time went on I longed for the quietness in the fields, the fresh air all around and the memories I experienced as a child.
Twenty years later I still desire to have a homestead, a simple home on three to four acres. Enough room to garden, have an orchard, small vineyard, raise goats, chickens and our family. We are currently blessed with having a beautiful one acre lot just within the outskirts of town and we are turning our dream into reality.
While the one acre lot isn't the ideal it's a great start, we don't even own the property however our landlord is open to our pursuit for raising animals and homesteading. Although this home is temporary we have turned blackberry bushes into over 5000 sq ft of garden space, planted 14 blueberries, two gooseberries plants (I love gooseberry pie), rasperries, goji berries, black currents and more. We've also converted an old shed into a great chicken coop with an enclosed run big enough for 30 chickens. A 1/4 acre section has been fenced in and a shelter added for nigerian dwarf goats.
We've done all this knowing that this is only temporary but isn't everything in life temporary. Most of our work can be transplanted or relocated to our "dream farm" but until then we are going to live our dream today. Our neighbors are thankful to see the improvements made to the lot and they love watching the chickens and goats.
Our plan now is to make the most of every day we have and to work towards our "dream farm" by making our current property pay for itself a bit. We sell our eggs for a small profit, we will be making cheese and goats milk soap for sale and converted our workshop into a chicken and goat supply factory in the evenings. The egg washer and poultry nipple waterers have been quite popular! We excited about our new harvest baskets perfect for gardeners. Any profits earned are go towards our "dream farm" and helping us obtain our goal.
May God help make your dreams come true.
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