Food Projects That Could Make You Completely Self-Sufficient
These food projects could make you completely self-sufficient in the event of a disaster. Many of them go hand in hand with our article on the benefits of starting your own homestead.
The foods outlined by offthegridnews.com are designed to make two adults completely self-sufficient within a couple years. The only caveat is you need to begin with what amounts to a full-blown homestead prior to beginning. If you need to purchase and clear land, build a home, fences, etc. it’s going to take you longer than the two years that they estimate.
Start a homestead now and you can be completely self-sufficient in a few years if that’s your goal.
If you’re interested in finding out more about becoming independent, these articles may interest you. Greenhouse Growing Month by Month – A Complete Greenhouse Growing Schedule talks through the schedule for a typical greenhouse and Urban Gardening Container Ideas – Start a Garden in the City! is a look at growing food within a city.
1. Beans. Reliable and easy to grow, beans are a nutritional staple for the homesteading family. Prepare the soil early, and plan on 2-3 months of growing before harvest.
2. Poultry. If starting with chicks, expect 2-3 years of successful rearing, selection, brooding and culling before you will have your flock established. In the meantime, you will collect eggs and eat birds you choose not to keep in the flock. Start with 10-12 chicks, and plan for them to be around 3-4 months old before butchering.
3. Rabbits. Rabbits are quick producers of meat for your family. It is not unreasonable to expect 20 or more rabbits per year from a single breeding pair. Allow for 1-2 years for your rabbits to become established. Select for breeding performance, health and size, and introduce new genetics regularly.
Can you think of any other food projects that can make you self-sufficient? Leave a comment below to let us know what you come up with.
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