Thursday, April 2, 2015

B is for Backyard Farming

"Growing your own food is like printing your own money" ~ Ron Finley   

 When I started looking into backyard farming, I figured people who did this sort of thing must have very large backyards, and ample space to work with. We, however, don’t have much space. That didn’t stop us though. Nor has it stopped many other locals from keeping various types of animals and gardens in their backyards.

Fresh eggs daily!

Some people have small farms, with rabbits, chickens, ducks, turkeys, etc.  Some have a lot of room, with horses and goats and pigs and crops. We have three hens and 6 breeding rabbits. Our garden is small but we keep trying and it is progressively becoming productive.

How cute is that?
 Obviously the more space you have, the more you will be able to do. Our space only allows for the chickens, rabbits and small garden. And I suppose children can count as farm animals too. We plan to expand our garden with some sort of stacked hydroponic system, so that we can get the most food with the least amount of space. 

Fresh from the garden


 I do it because I see it as vital to our way of life. We don’t live a block from the grocery store, we’re far away from everything and the stores up here are expensive. This means driving down to town for food and supplies. Which I hate doing so I try to shop locally as much as possible.

Casey feeding the "bunjis" 

 I feel like every bit of work we put into keeping our little backyard farm going is worth it. As well as the healthy food, it’s also been great for our children, who are homeschooled and very involved in the care of the animals and garden.