by Steven Wesley
Life is easy today, isn’t it? You can use a tech for almost every need you may have throughout the day. Whenever you feel like eating something, you just go to the supermarket and get it or order a meal online. Although such lifestyle might appear convenient for many, there is a problem: it’s not healthy. All that food you get from the supermarket or restaurants is full of ingredients you don’t want in your body. Even when you buy fruits and vegetables, you’re practically getting some poison.
If you decide to go organic, you’ll have to invest a lot of money in your food. Is there a better solution? Yes – a self-sufficient backyard homestead. Do you have at least 1 acre of good land in your background? If your answer is yes, then you’re one lucky person. You can start your very own self-sufficient homestead right now!
What Does a Self-Sufficient Homestead Mean?
There’s no universal model for a 1-acre self-sufficient homestead. Everyone has different needs and approach, so you’ll have to design your own plan. Some people like cow milk, others are allergic to it. Some like goats more, other keep animals for meat, and the rest are too attached to them. Such people aren’t able to kill animals, so they stick to producing milk and plant food.
A self-sufficient homestead, however, means the same thing for everyone: sustainable production that provides everything you need for food. The thought that you need a more land to start this kind of lifestyle is a myth. Let’s see how you can start your own self-sufficient homestead if you have only 1 acre of land in your backyard.
How to Start Your 1-Acre Self-Sufficient Homestead
- Start By Learning
Everything starts with the process of gaining knowledge. You can’t just get in your backyard, take all flowers away and decide that you’re going to start producing food today. If you start without a plan, you’ll be overwhelmed by the challenge.
- Start your homesteading research by reading the most popular blogs from this niche. You have to learn everything from how to produce the food you need to how to store it
- Think: what do you need? What do you have in your fridge right now? If you consume milk and dairy, you’ll need a cow or/and a goat to provide you with the milk. If you eat eggs, you’ll need to keep 5-10 hens. If you consume meat, you’ll need a few pigs. Your animals require food, so you’ll have to produce it and feed Remember: this is a self-sufficient homestead. What kind of grains, vegetables, fruit, and nuts do you consume? If you want to produce honey, you’ll need to learn how to keep bees.
- Plan the Production
If you have one acre for your home farm, about half of it should be reserved for plant food production. Divide this part of your garden into few plots which you’ll use to rotate these annual crops:
- Legumes (beans, peas, lentils)
- Roots (beets, carrots, celery, and other kinds of edible roots)
- Cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce
You’ll also need space for various vegetables and herbs. Since you want to save as much space as possible, you should consider container gardening. Finally, you also need space for berries and fruits. Consider planting fruit and nut trees close to your house so they will provide a nice shade for you during hot days.
Choose cultures that grow well in your area and learn everything about their maintenance!
- Plan the Animal Maintenance
If you’re a vegan, you can simply skip this part and devote your entire backyard to plant food. However, you should be aware of the fact that a homestead is not fully sustainable without animals. You will have to use chemical fertilizers and nutrient enhancers, and that means that your products won’t be fully organic.
If meat and milk are necessary for supporting your eating habits, you’ll have to plan half of the space for them.
These are the animals you can consider keeping:
- A cow or/and a goat
- 2-3 pigs
These animals will be extra work and expense, but they will provide a lot in return. Remember: you have to provide food for them, so you’ll need a large grass area. When you build the shelters for your animals, the remaining part of this half will be grass.
- Make Your Plan!
This will be a massive project. However, it’s also an exciting experience that will completely alter your lifestyle.
Mario Rogers, a content marketer for Essay On Time, shares his experience with a backyard homestead: “My wife was chronically anemic. We tried all treatments, made all tests but nothing worked for her. She would get better for a while and then the anemia would strike back. After she had turned to organic food, we saw a real change. That’s when I got the idea. My grandfather was a farmer and I was always interested in producing food, so I knew I’d love this. We planned really carefully. It took us an entire year to find the property and start off. Today, we produce all our food and my wife is healthier than she ever was.”
Yes, you’ll get health and excitement in return. However, the effort comes first. Make that effort! Learn as much as possible, plan everything, and enjoy your 1-acre self-sufficient backyard homestead.
About the author:
Steven Wesley is a creative writer and green living person. He is interested in public relations, educational and political issues. Besides, Steve believes in the mighty power of the pen to change the modern world. Meet him on Twitter and Facebook!