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.
November Happenings on the Farm
On November 6th one of our sows gave birth to 8 piglets! They are hampshire and red wattle cross. They will be ready for purchase at 8 weeks of age beginning January 2, 2020 for $60 each. We have another sow that is also expecting piglets, hopefully any day now.
We are fattening up our 2 male feeder pigs and steer for our slaughter and butcher day coming up in late December to late January. These animals will be used to feed our family for the year.
With the cooler fall weather the hens have started laying more eggs in time for all of the holiday baking and family get togethers!
We had our first freeze during the first weekend in November, which caused our garden to stop growing. Now it is time to add more compost and prepare the planting beds for rest before the spring planting season.