Estimating How Much of Your Food You Are Growing
I find it really hard to estimate how much of our food we produce on our small farm. We grow most of our protein - animals and beans. Our gardens supply almost all of our vegetables and berries. We have old orchard apple trees. We trade eggs for nuts, some fruits and cash.
We work hard every day from March to October to get three freezers full and many canned jars and dried herbs and fruit for the months ahead. I like to say this is how I 'make my living' now.
But, we buy dairy, sugar, salt, chocolate, tea, grain, hay, straw, animal feed, fish and some fruits in season.
So, when a person says they produce 50 or more%, are they taking all this into account?
If it came to desperate times, we could totally survive on what we grow because we would just not have some of the things we usually purchase. Last spring, when Covid arrived, we had no worries and didn't leave the property for a long time. I think what would be difficult are the factors of animal feed and if climate change takes us for a loop, leaving us unable to fully garden!
How do You determine how much of your food you grow?
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