The current food system is both unhealthy and unsustainable. Modern agriculture is far from what it used to be decades ago and relies heavily on chemicals, pesticides and genetically modified species. The cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle is growing your own food, today. But is this possible in today’s living context?
Agriculture experts like Luis Goyzueta say that it is if each family applies some simple strategies in their attempts of growing their own backyard “farms”. But more information, below.
Create a backyard farming plan
To create a viable backyard farm, you need a farming plan. Think about what type of food you want to grow yourself. Be mindful of several variables when doing so, because your production depends entirely on those.
- The climate. Growing your own food depends enormously on the type of climate in your area. Think of the most limiting aspect of your climate. What is it? Is the area too hot or too dry? Does it get extremely cold throughout the year? But no matter of your climate, make sure to find seeds and produce that is well adapted to your area. This will make your crops more resilient in face of extreme weather conditions.
- Your financial resources. According to Goyzueta, regardless of their financial resources, all families can attain higher levels of self-sustainability through micro-farming. But for the best results, think how much you can invest in your micro-farm.
- What food you want to produce? Of course, you won’t be able to grow a variety of crops. But you need a slight idea on what you’ll be planting on your land. Think if you want low-maintenance crops such as carrots or potatoes or is you’re willing to put in more efforts into growing more difficult and sensitive crops. However, the main goal here is to produce as much food for your family as possible.
- Think of your protein sources as well. If local laws allow, you may be able to grow small animals for your proteins. Think a small flock of chickens, for instance. You can have them for eggs or their meat, depending on what you find more sustainable. Obviously, growing those for eggs is a more sustainable option.
Implementing your backyard farming plan
The first year is crucial in the implementation phase. You want to plan perennials this year, followed by other fruits and vegetables in the second year. This will allow you to grow your little backyard garden to sustainable levels. Remember to check crop rotation and see what would work best next year. In some cases, you can’t plant more years in a row the same type of plants on the same lot, due to plant disease and pests.
Follow the advice above and you’ll be one step closer to a more sustainable lifestyle. Healthy living is a matter largely debated over the past few years, but creating your own small backyard farm will help you achieve it quite easily. And don’t forget about chicken. They are such a great protein source and quite easy to grow.