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July 1st, 2012, 01:46 PM
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Georgia
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function off a farm?Always wanted too.I have no idea how to get started any ideas so it will help cut the prices that I spend in my home.
:mommyDeAnna 7/28 Whitney 4/7 Naomi 6/24 Katerina 1/27 Gracie 5/25 Magdalina 6/8Berachiah 6/8 Peter 2/20 Deanna 19,whitney 15,Naomi 13,Katerina 8,Gracie 7,Magdalina 5,Berachiah 3,Peter 4 months and counting.
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July 1st, 2012, 03:02 PM
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Not us. We live in town and while we are lucky enough to own the lot adjacent to our house, it's not big enough to have much livestock. (And before you ask, yes, livestock do seem to be allowed in the city limits, as I know of people within blocks of me who own horses, goats and chickens.) We do have a garden and we are going to get chickens soon. We try to grow all of the vegetables that we eat most often (potatoes, lettuce, tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, green beans, etc.) I don't think we'll eat the chickens because since we will only have a few I'll probably get too attached to them. We will be raising them for their eggs.
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July 1st, 2012, 04:46 PM
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We have a dairy farm, but I wouldn't classify it as "living off the land" it's what we do for a living.

I only sortof like to garden, and dh hates "petting zoo animals" (chickens etc.) except for horses. We pick a steer every so often to butcher, but there again it's just because it's there with a whole bunch of them, we raise animals regardless.
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July 1st, 2012, 05:45 PM
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We live on an acreage and grow our own fruits and veggies, we don't own livestock though.
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July 1st, 2012, 10:23 PM
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Would LOVE to grow our own fruits and veggies. ESP. tomatoes (they are SO $$$$ in the store), but I just haven't found the space and tried yet. Could not raise animals for that purpose though, I don't want to get to know my dinner.
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July 1st, 2012, 11:16 PM
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Not even close. I don't even have a garden. I grew up pulling weeds, gathering eggs and canning everything. I didn't want to do it when I grew up, and luckily, I married a city slicker. Lol It's really not for everyone. I actually wish we could move to a bigger city.

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July 2nd, 2012, 11:44 AM
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We have a few acres that we grow many fruits and veggies on - we also have 30 hens that provide us with enough eggs for ourselves and enough to barter and sell - we break even on feed cost that way. We have a hog that we will slaughter in Sept - and we are prepping for our first round of meat birds (chickens) in a few weeks. We have plans for a bee hive next spring.
~Lisa, homebirthing, homeschooling , homesteading mama and student midwife. Married to my beloved for 20 years, raising a big brood of children on a little farm in Southern Michigan.

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Nick, 19
Abby, 17
Gabe, 15
Isaac, 13
Mary-Kate, 12
Sam, 11
Henry, 10
Molly, 8
Mark, 7
Greta, 5
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July 2nd, 2012, 01:34 PM
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We live on 10 acres. We have egg layers, meat chickens, two gardens and will be putting in fruit trees this fall when it's cooler. Last year we canned 350 quarts, froze 125 lbs of veggies. So we grow a ton for fresh eating and canning.

We moved to our new place 6 months ago and ironically sold our farm because it was to expensive for us to raise our own. By the time we bought the animals, feed and paid a butcher it cost to much. We found it was cheaper to buy it from a larger farmer, because on a smaller scale it was just to expensive. But we were also particular about their feed and didn't feed them junk. We raised all our cattle on grass, no grain, because it's so much healthier, but the cost of the land is pretty tough. Than we had to buy hay for the winter, it just got to be to much. So now we just raise both types of chicken and will buy beef and pork from a farmer who raises them properly (in our opinion) when we run out of what we raised. When we moved, we moved 4 full deep freezers...which was fun! Our chickens taste so much better, and our healthier for us than the store, but they cost more too. But our family doesnt eat much from the stores, because we don't know what's in it. I'm now cooking baked potatoes out in solar type oven for dinner. These potatoes are from last years garden, stil good, and I didn't have to heat up my oven on a 100 degree day. Win win situation.

Sorry that got long!
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