2 acre farm: More on the Why

2 acre farm

The experiences, trials, and lives on a small farm in rural Illinois.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

More on the Why

In my first post I didn't get too much into my purpose because I have a lot to say so here it is. It is my intention to be more self sufficient. I would like to be able to produce over fifty percent of the food my family consumes while still having enough to sell and make a living off of.

Growing the food is not an issues for me because I am very adapt at growing. My biggest hurdle is going to be marketing and selling which is probably the most important part of all of this. The sale of my products is obviously critical to my families well-being; where will the other fifty percent of food come from, the house payment, taxes, etc. It is also important to me because I believe that growing and selling produce locally can have positive effects on the local economy by keeping money in the area instead of allowing it to go into the hands of corporations. It also takes money away from the mega growers in the U.S. and elsewhere that have turned our food system into this mess of over processed hormone infested junk.

Another critical reason for this way of life is what it can do for my family. Growing and then eating the food you grow is a great confidence builder for kids (I know from first hand experience). Carring for a garden, fruit trees, or anything else is also a great way to spend good quality time together.

My final reason is the lowered impact on the earth. By producing a majority of my own food it greatly reduces my carbon footprint. I also create a situation where I can give others the same opportunity because by buying local a person can reduce there carbon foot print as well. My food is produced using organic type methods although I am not certified organically grown because the USDA has made that certification way to difficult and expensive to aquire. I do plan to become Certified Naturally Grown which is an equal but less expensive certification. You can read more on that here: http://www.naturallygrown.org/

So that would be my main purpose. Thanks for reading.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Cary at Serenity Farms said...

My husband and I are third generation small family farmers and when we talk about "making a living" on the farm, we don't mean just financially - there is more to life that a small piece of ground provides!

Very good post - I am enjoying your blog ;)

December 19, 2009 at 10:46 AM  
Blogger Nathan (2af) said...

Thanks for the kind words. I am glad you enjoy it.

December 19, 2009 at 11:23 PM  
Anonymous Tom Slayton said...

Hi Nathan,

I found your blog in a google search for 2 acre farm :o). I have a small property in connecticut and would like to do what you are doing. I enjoyed reading your posts good luck to you and your family!

-Tom.

December 24, 2009 at 3:24 PM  
Blogger Nathan (2af) said...

Tom -
Thanks for the wishes and good luck to you too. I am sure your day will come and you will be doing the same.

December 27, 2009 at 9:29 PM  

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