As I think more and more about this blog, I feel that the topic is going to trend more toward homesteading and self-sufficiency. I keep stumbling upon ideas about what to share. Time and time again, I come back to self-reliance, self-sufficiency, and homesteading.
As a result of monitoring recent world events, I have become increasingly concerned with the stability of our current structure. We get everything from centralized locations. Now, I don’t mean to sound like a conspiracy theorist or somebody that is subscribing to the end of the world according to the Mayan calendar; but common sense and observation tell me that our current system is rather fragile. I have it better than others as far as this goes due to my location in a rural area. Should something disrupt our food supply (like an oil shortage, massive union strikes crippling transportation, some huge natural disaster or something else) I live near many people and farms that produce their own food. I would have to look just over yonder hill to get milk. (making the slogan “Got Milk” come to mind).
Think about it for a minute, where does your food come from? The answer is likely to be the store, right? Perhaps it is because I have an interest in gardening and food production, but I feel that it is important for as many people to produce as much of their own food as possible. This is vital to preservation of plant and food production. This is perhaps one of the core values of homesteading.
It is also important to know what is in your food. We encourage and believe in natural and non-chemical production as much as possible. We recycle as much as we can into compost, the best all natural fertilizer available. We also recycle our animal manures and the organic material (straw and sawdust) back onto the garden and into the the soil. This is a basic system of building soil.
One reason that we have named our farm Heritage Breeds Farm is that we feature heritage breeds of animals. These breeds are sometimes referred to as old breeds. These breeds are noted for thriving in homesteading situations, making them perfect for this discussion. Many people on homesteads will focus on dual purpose animals due to a smaller farm plot. An example is cattle that produce both milk and meat or chickens that are noted for both egg and meat production.
Please check out our homesteading series for more information about homesteading.