How To Create Your Own 1-Acre Self-Sustaining “Micro Farm” Homestead. Photos – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mBQ5-KR-u8
Micro farms are becoming very popular and utilize all manner of clever sustainable techniques to maximize crops from a small area of land.
Here’s a video demonstrating creation of a one-acre homestead into a haven for raising livestock as well as allocate a garden for cultivating fruits, vegetables, some grain and forage crops?
If you are interested in doing this, you have several options, depending on your needs and desires. You can either use your property as a hobby farm, a weekend effort, or a true substance farm. For this article, let’s assume that your goal is to become self-sufficient. Here are some considerations:
• Determine your farm’s land and soil characteristics before embarking on such a project. There are several things to consider including the availability of water sources, adequacy of drainage, and farming techniques and crops ideal for your region.
• You have to know your region’s climate to be familiar with temperatures and rainfall which determine when and what to plant.
• Your budget is very important. Calculate the money needed for your start-up and operating costs. Starting small and expanding as you grow in experience in farming is the better option for those who have logistics issues.
• Your lifestyle will determine the type of crops that you will grow and whether you will forgo or push thru with livestock production which vegetarians will not consider.
• The layout and design of your one-acre self-sustainable farm must consider convenience, sanitation, and your personal living space.
• You can start with two animals as a beginning farmer. Farm animals such as chickens, goats, ducks, are relatively low maintenance.
• Build the farm’s structures first which include the barn, chicken coop, pens, and sheds.
• The garden needs to have a larger number of perennial crops which should be located in places where they will not be disturbed year after year.
• To keep the pests and predators at bay, get a good farm dog and a good barn cat but don’t allow them to harass your livestock.
Listed below are further examples of extreme productivity on very little land:
• Growing Power (http://www.growingpower.org) – A two-acre urban lot in Milwaukee grows an astonishing million pounds of food each year, including not only vegetables but thousands of fish, plus productive livestock – goats, bees and chickens.
• The Urban Homestead ( http://urbanhomestead.org) – A family of four produces most of their own food and generates $60,000 a year on just a fifth of an acre.
• Singing Frogs Farm (http://craftsmanship.net/drought-fighters/) – This three acre farm brings in over $100,000 per acre.
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2 thoughts on “How To Create Your Own 1-Acre Self-Sustaining “Micro Farm” Homestead”
Kindly help me design micro farm of 1 acre land.
Also give a budget estimate to set it up .
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