Thursday, June 20, 2013

Green acres is the place for me.

Green acres is the place for me.
Farm livin' is the life for me.
Land spreadin' out so far and wide
Keep Manhattan, just give me that countryside ...
I thought I would share with you all an important factor in a prepping lifestyle. 
You always want to be able to provide your family with FOOD. 
Dan and I are doing this by having our annual garden.
Candy Cane Syrup
Pork Stew
We have planted onions, leeks, zucchini, peas, tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelon, carrots, beets, beans and 2 different types of peppers. We also have raspberry and blueberry bushes and a grape vine. Along with these we have herbs. 
 We can a lot of our garden vegetables, to make things like salsa, jams/jellies, pickled veggies. We now have a pressure canner and have canned stew! (it was delicious) I will hopefully be sharing some of our canning recipes with you this year.
**Pleases DO NOT can any meat or low acidic vegetables with out a pressure canner, this can lead to botulism**


We also started raising chickens this year. We bought the hens to have a steady supply of fresh eggs as soon as they start laying. We also bought a rooster so that hopefully next year we will be able to hatch our own chicks. Another great thing about the chickens is that they eats scraps and their poop will make AMAZING fertilizer for our garden next year. 



The Ladies Roosting!


This is a great start to our prepping DREAMS but I eventually want a farm where I can have a magnificent garden, a pond full of catfish and pastures with animals.  

I found a great article the other night for all the animals a Prepper should have on their small homestead. 
It suggests having goats, sheep, poultry, hogs, catfish (can raise these in a barrel if you don't have a pond), rabbits and quail. 



2 comments:

  1. I think it would be so much fun to have a farm. Except that I would probably become a vegetarian if I had to survive off it, unless we had fish. Fish I could do.
    Did you get a kit for your canning? I really would like to start this year. We only have a very small garden, but if it produces as much as it did last year, I would really love to learn how to can.

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  2. You totally hit on a huge topic for me. I grew up on a farm (no cows but we had chickens and sheep) and I want to get back to that some day. I miss the fresh air, veggies, berries, everything. It's a goal for us to have something like that of our own.

    When Dave and I have our prepping conversations we always talk about how we will try and get back to my parents farm (only 20 mins away) because it would be the best possible place.

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