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Rhino5
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Atlanta
Member since Nov 2014
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Small farms might be the way to go

Interest rates rising. Food prices rising.


BuckyCheese
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Member since Jan 2015
36670 posts

re: Small farms might be the way to go
Maybe to feed yourself.

Small farms aren't economically viable these days.


LRB1967
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Tennessee
Member since Dec 2020
9919 posts

re: Small farms might be the way to go
A small farm is fine to feed a family and maybe grow a little extra to sell. Having your own beef and fresh vegetables will make a dent in the grocery bill.


Chrome
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Chromeville
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re: Small farms might be the way to go
Farming is hard and competition is fierce.


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real turf fan
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East Tennessee
Member since Dec 2016
6982 posts

re: Small farms might be the way to go
The problem is growing fruit and vegetables if you have ignorant neighbors. Any disease their garden gets will probably come to yours because they won't even know they have a problem.


Spoonbilla
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re: Small farms might be the way to go
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blueboxer1119
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re: Small farms might be the way to go
How big is a "small farm"?

Serious question.

100 acres?


Outdoorreb
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Member since Oct 2019
1954 posts

re: Small farms might be the way to go
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How big is a "small farm"? Serious question. 100 acres?


Right? I thought he was talking about 1,000 acres at first


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CitizenK
McNeese State Fan
BR
Member since Aug 2019
7047 posts

re: Small farms might be the way to go
Dad grew up on a small farm. They ate meat once a week, other than that a lot of eggs and vegetables.


32footsteps
Member since Oct 2017
134 posts

re: Small farms might be the way to go
Define the size of a “small” farm.

I grew up on a small dairy farm. Well…in 1980 it was a big farm. In 1990 it was a medium sized farm. By 2000 it was ridiculously small. Milked the same amount of cows and had the same acreage. The regulations do not favor the little guy at all. Machinery manufacturers only make stuff for the mega farms.

If you have growing enough stuff to feed your own family then that really isn’t farming, that’s homesteading. Im on an acre and a half and we are raising chickens and are able to grow more than enough vegetables and certain fruits to cover our needs and then some but I don’t consider what we are doing as “farming.”


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shutterspeed
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Member since May 2007
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re: Small farms might be the way to go
Don't forget to register your farm with the government now. (You probably can guess how this will turn out for you.)


Bass Tiger
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re: Small farms might be the way to go
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How big is a "small farm"? Serious question. 100 acres?


A small farm is under 50 acres. You could raise a lot of crops for personal use and still have plenty to sell with 50 acres along with enough pasture to graze 5-10 livestock. Just one acre of sweet corn is probably 50x more than a typical household would consume annually.


756
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re: Small farms might be the way to go
I grew up on a small farm . It is hard work and it consumes every hour of every day in the year. It is not fun, it is work. You will not be successful every year. You will die a thousand deaths too hot too cold, toodry6, too wet. You don't have leisure time
Every second demands your attention. It is not TV or a movie. You work yourself to the grave.


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CaptEasy
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re: Small farms might be the way to go
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Dad grew up on a small farm. They ate meat once a week, other than that a lot of eggs and vegetables.



Same with my mom. They rented a spot to keep their meat, in a cooler in town. She said it was only a few days that they ate meat at supper.


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DingLeeBerry
Mississippi St. Fan
Member since Oct 2014
10333 posts

re: Small farms might be the way to go
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I grew up on a small dairy farm. Well…in 1980 it was a big farm. In 1990 it was a medium sized farm. By 2000 it was ridiculously small. Milked the same amount of cows and had the same acreage. The regulations do not favor the little guy at all. Machinery manufacturers only make stuff for the mega farms.


Sounds like my story. Was once a great lifestyle that was ruined by government regulation/interference and corporations, kind of like America.


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BengalOnTheBay
By The Bay, MS
Member since Aug 2022
1157 posts

re: Small farms might be the way to go
quote:

How big is a "small farm"?

Serious question.

100 acres?


My grandfather grew enough corn, okra, and a few other vegetables to supply him and my grandmother, plus my family, canned veggies, cornmeal, and so on almost year round.

A family of 5 could easily survive on a 1 acre garden, 2 dozen chickens, a dozen rabbits, a milk cow or 2-3 milk goats, and a few beef cattle or a dozen or so beef goats.

Just hard work and patience... if you've never done a lot of gardening/farming, there's going to be a steep learning curve and much trial and error. I say that based on much wasted effort myself and asking lots of people lots of questions.


Diamondawg
Mississippi St. Fan
Mississippi
Member since Oct 2006
29236 posts

re: Small farms might be the way to go
We live in the city but have a place with a decent size family garden. We also hunt. We still buy fresh when we want fresh but through canning a freezing, we supply a large portion of our veggies. Deer meat is plentiful but we don't eat it every day. It aids is the rising cost of food but doesn't eliminate all of the grocery stops.


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PetroAg
Texas A&M Fan
Member since Jun 2013
1034 posts

re: Small farms might be the way to go
They are if you buy from them. I buy all my meat, eggs and dairy from local farmers. Cut out the corporate middle man. It is more expensive but you vote with your dollar.


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4TheLoveLSU
LSU Fan
North Carolina
Member since Oct 2019
2193 posts

re: Small farms might be the way to go
Find a local farmer and buy it direct. We bought a cow, had it cut how we wanted and freeze the meat. I have been doing it for 5 years now, sooo much better


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Small farms might be the way to go
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family of 5 could easily survive on a 1 acre garden


And if you've never dealt with one, a real acre garden is a God damn job. It takes all day a lot of days to keep that from turning into a weed patch.


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