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.
December Happenings on the Farm
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.
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 will also be able to bottle feed our sweet little Rosy, which is a piglet born on November 6th. You can pet our goat and sheep and see our free range chickens eating around the farm.
We had our first freeze during the first weekend in November, which caused our garden to stop growing. Now it is time for our winter chores in preparation for our next planting season.
- Add compost to planting beds.
- Expand our muscadine vineyard.
- Expand our blackberry patch.
Other Farm Chores
We are also bottling the last of our summer wine. We made several gallons of muscadine and blueberry wine.