Growing is what Homesteading is all About
We choose to homestead so we can eat food that we know the source of. In my favorite book, The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball, I quote a paragraph. “The seeds arrived in February, a whole farm in a box. Of all the mysteries I’d encountered on the farm, this seemed the most profound. I could not imagine how several tons of food could come out of a box so small and light I could balance it on one hand.”
This has been an amazing feat for us. The picture above is abundance grown in the Utah desert. We talked about the sagebrush and lack of life on the land in our Wednesday YouTube this week. In that desert we amended, composted, watered nurtured and loved the land into growing. We ate fresh food, gave it away, canned it, froze it and dehydrated it. We did all that living in a small motorhome. We had abundance. Neighbors would come over to admire our large beautiful garden. Jim is an amazing grower.
In Oregon, where we removed enough rocks to build a rock wall 50 feet long and 3 feet high, we grew. We grew without a greenhouse but did use row covers. We learned to adapt to the soil, the moles, the rain and the lack of rain, (It does not rain at all from June to September). We had abundance again. We had more food that we could ever eat. We gave it away all the way across the country as we left there.
We are excited to get our farm in a box this year. We will be late in planting but we have a long growing season and so the excitement is founded.
We have decided to have a food forest, kitchen garden, herb garden and a market garden. We will incorporate permaculture into the first three and hope to get the equipment for the market garden as it will be clean and neat but not so much permaculture. We will use our land well. Animals, pastures, plants, and ponds will all work into our permaculture design.
We hope you can make your farm in a box no matter how small or large. It will be your way to grow your own REAL food with the confidence that when you eat it, it is nutrient dense, free from herbicides and a joyful experience on your plate.