A New Way of Life

Micro-farming is NOT "hobby farming". Because those who choose to do it are not just playing around with something. They expect a financial return, or useful benefit from their endeavors. It isn't something you play with in your spare time, it is a new way of life.

In order to be successful, you need to select things that you can do, now. Then you need to work at those until they provide a value to you, and let them become part of the way your life operates. As you do that, you usually find more things you can do, within your current circumstances.

The term "hobby farm" is used to describe farms that are not huge corporate endeavors. That does an injustice to subsistence farming, whether it is full or partial, and to semi-commercial operations - those where the owner provides for their own needs, and sells the surplus.

It does not matter whether you grow a single crop, raise a single animal to meet a single need, or whether you go for major self-sufficiency farming with a high percentage of commercial emphasis. If you are doing it to provide real value to your household, then it is not a hobby farm. It is a small farm, or a home farm, or a high-rise farm, or anything else you care to call it. I don't think we have to accept the condescending label of "hobby farm" just because we don't have assembly line production.

To truly be successful at sustaining ongoing production, even on a small scale, you have to change the way you live. This usually happens in layers - a series of small changes. You don't have to move to Alaska and battle Grizzly bears to do it. Making a single change at a time is how it is best done (though a few of your neighbors may choose to take the role of Grizzly for you).

It just means we think more about PRODUCING, and less about CONSUMING things that are already prepared.

What can you PRACTICALLY produce, that you are not doing now?


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