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Introduction and Plans for Small Homestead

February 3rd, 2009 · 2 Comments

Randy and I live on a small 17 acre  farm.  It is Randy’s family farm and was once a working tobacco farm.  His grandparents and then parents and now Randy and I have made a living from the farm in one way or another.  Randy has spent the last 30 years buying, selling and training horses here but the economy has forced us to expand in order to survive.

It has been decades since the farm was truly a working farm and the next year or two will be a learning experience for me and probably for Randy as well.  The economy has changed small  farming as the cost involved is far greater than it was in years past.  Our goal is to become more self sufficient.

A month or so ago, we were grocery shopping and I picked up a small can of green beans.  They were priced at $1.09.  I knew that prices had been rising but it seems like just yesterday that I paid less than 50 cents a can.  I looked around and all of the vegetable prices had doubled from what I remembered.  In discussing it on the way home, we decided that our first priority for the spring was to plant a garden and can or freeze enough to last us through the year.

The rest of the farm will grow slowly.  I am determined to have chickens and a milk goat.  We would also like to add a calf and a pig or two for meat. We live simply now and growing our own food will not only insure the quality but also hold our costs down.

This website will include information on gardening, canning, recipes, raising chickens, pigs, goats, etc. and any other things that we can come up with to become more self sufficient.

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  • 1 Kristen@nosmallthing // Apr 11, 2009 at 3:02 am

    Hi there. Stumbled across your website and I think it’s great. I love your ideas about vegetable gardens. I live in NoVA, and our plot of land is not really conducive to a large vegetable garden, not to mention that we live in a heavily wooded area, where there are deer a-plenty. Every time I’ve tried to plant a garden, the deer have had a nice lunch buffet. Anyway, I think I will try to plant a few things this year–you’ve inspired me. I always have herbs (they are SO expensive to buy at the grocery!), but maybe I’ll try strawberries and blueberries and tomatoes again.

  • 2 Cindy // Apr 11, 2009 at 3:08 am

    Hi Kristen. Vegetable gardens don’t have to be large. You can grow your favorite vegetables in containers. There are several companies such as Park Seed that have special vegetables just for containers. Good luck!!

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