Food, Part 2
Her fruit production is now high enough for her to sell some fruit, some pies and some jam. She can trade or sell meat, wool, eggs, milk, cheese, yogourt and spices. She is now affluent. If there is hardship or recession, she will still survive. She can make sweathers, blankets and rugs. Allof her earthly needs are easily provided for bn this small parcel of land. The house is large enough to house 6 people and the land is productive enough for allof them to live solely on the harvest of this land. The homesteader has achieved self sustainability in one year and affluence in two to five years. She now has endless amounts of leisure time to pursue other successes. The greatest toil will be at harvest when all of the fruit is picked, canned, packaged and stored, but this only amounts to a few months of the year. During the rest of the time, she will weave, knit, sew and indulge herself in her other passions.
She also has enough fruit for liquers and wine. These are also for sharing, gifts and trade.
She is a horticulturalist, so her interests are in exotics. She’s constantly trying out new plants and collecting seeds. Her other plantings are sunflowers and nasturciums. She plants dill for pickling and corn for flour. There is also hazelnut, bean and potato flour. She also has mint for tea and dries berries for tea. She has a beehive off site for honey. Since there’s no sugar, honey is needed. With the abundance of flowering plants and trees and with plnatings around the aviary, the bees produce as nmuch as 60 lbs of honey a season. She easily collects the honey without damaging the bees. She is extremely self reliant.
The plumbing is dug deep to ensure no pollution and the heat is by solar energy. A wood pile is still needed as a prcautionary backup, but is used less often than expected.
The corn cobs will be used to help feed her neighbours pigs, the stalks for brooms, the leaves for weaving baskets and mats and the kernels, to eat and to make flour with.
From wood ash and animal fat, soap and hand lotion are produced.
After only one year, she is self-sufficient and after two years she has plenty. So much so, that she actually needed less land to survive.
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In our cooler northern climate, food production is not as readily plentiful as areas farther south. The food supply is becoming scarcer, with less variety of produce available to eat. The scenario I’ve depicted is a possibility of the life of our forfathers who homesteaded these lands. The first year is the most difficult, but after that, how much land is really needed for crop production? On a small parcel of land, properly used and planted, the yield can be high enough for the survival of a family. The fruit trees alone bear a high yield and if all of the crop is properly utilized, there’s high food production from these trees.
So, why plant a tree. For the great good Earth so that it can breathe, for us as well, so that we can eat.
visit: http://www.ehow.com/fruit-bearing-trees for tips on how to care for your trees and visit http://www.fourseasonsnursery.org for northern trees and to a couple of varieties of northern fruit bearing trees. These people are also bird enthusiasts, so they also have a page on birds.
written by: Louise hayes
April 8, 2013
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