The plan is simple: help people save money and enjoy their lives while growing and eating the tastiest, most nutritious food by showing them how to mini farm! We don't just talk about mini farming - we get our hands in the dirt (literally!) and help people get started. The hardest part about growing your own food is knowing where to begin. Through our articles, videos, and with the help of social media, we are sharing the information you need to not only get started, but also to keep your plants in good health.
Every Thursday, we post a new article detailing the steps we're taking to ensure a bountiful harvest.
On Mondays, we post a new, healthy recipe and add it to the Recipe page.
We also consistently add other content in order to enrich your gardening knowledge. Follow us to receive free, year-round information by subscribing via email near the top right of this page!
We are in the process of making a documentary that follows our journey to become more self-sufficient while raising awareness of our mini farm as an invaluable resource.
Many people in the U.S. feel that they need to change the way they live but are afraid to take the first step or don't know where to start. We take that first step for them by becoming their support system, helping them decide where they will construct their gardens and other small support structures taking into consideration land size, layout of property, physical abilities of all household members, free time available to work the land, etc. We discover their goals and help them to reach those goals, whether it is saving thousands of dollars yearly on food or more ambitious goals that include generating extra income. This may allow a mother to have more time with her children or a retiree to live more comfortably on a fixed income. For a family in danger of losing their home, it may very well tip the balance in their favor.
We are working to accomplish our ultimate goal of opening a community garden where we host classes on mini farming and let people who have no land access grow their own crops on our land to save money on their food bill, freeing up income for other needs. Learning how to grow, harvest, and preserve crops helps people in our community and beyond to become more self-sufficient and therefore empowered to help themselves and others. We are hoping those we help will go on to become successful mini farmers and help other future mini farmers! We do not have, nor do we wish to have, a monopoly on this information.
The intensive farming methods we employ include, but are by no means limited to:
- Planting crops in raised beds versus traditional rows which raises the temperature of the soil by around 10 degrees, thereby extending the growing season.
- Planting crops closer together, eliminating the need to weed, which will drastically cut down on the workload.
- Planting cover crops to replenish nutrients, keep soil in place, and create green manure.
- Thermophilic composting to kill pathogens and turn table scraps, animal manures, and green manures into nutrient-dense compost that will replenish soil depleted by growing crops.
- Covering raised beds with an inexpensive frame & plastic sheet, making it possible to extend the growing season to January, even in northern states.
- Using natural pest control to protect crop yields and prevent chemical insecticides and fungicides from contaminating crops by eliminating the need to use them.
- Preserving the harvests for later consumption using canning, vacuum-packing, freezing, storing via root cellar, and other preservation methods.
- Saving open-pollinated seeds from crop plants that flourished, eliminating the need to purchase seeds for the next crop year and increasing the chances of a more productive future harvest.
- Mini Farming: Self Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre, by Brett L. Markham
- The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!, by Carleen Madigan
- The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City, by Kelly Coyne & Erik Knutzen
- The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It, by John Seymour