The Need for Families to be Self-Sufficient
Farm and ranch families comprise 2% of the U.S. population. But by the year 2050 we will have almost 10 billion people globally. Farmers will have to increase food production by 70% to feed them all. Our mission is to teach other farmers and families in rural, suburban and urban areas about farming, the great outdoors and self-sufficiency. We use many self-sufficiency skills on the farm such as gardening, animal husbandry, canning & preserving food, blacksmithing, slaughtering, butchering, and wine making.
January Happenings on the Farm
We butchered our 2 male feeder pigs during the holidays. We are still fattening up our steer for slaughter coming up in late January or early February. These animals are used to feed our family for the year.
We also have recently born piglets who are growing fast. They will be available for purchase in February.
If you come for a farm tour, you will see Sadie, our milk cow, who is pregnant with her first calf. Also you will be able to see our other cows who are eating a lot of hay since we had our first deep freeze. Also we have lots of pigs and piglets who are growing fatter. You can pet our goat and sheep and see our free range chickens eating around the farm.
We have already pruned some fruiting trees. We still need to prune our muscadine vines this month. We have planted onions in the raised garden beds this month. I have already purchased seeds for early spring planting. I just need to clean out the greenhouse and get them started. We also are wanting to expand and move our blackberry patch to the front of our house right alongside the muscadines. That will be a pretty big job, but we are excited about it.