|Sustainability and finances on the farm.|
I know sustainability is one of those buzz words people are probably tired of hearing, at least when it is about environmental issues. It is important to practice sustainability for the environment, and that is one reason we do it. But I'll be honest, it is as much or more about money, at least for us.
Even a small farm like ours can suck up the cash. Animals need food, gardens need food, people need food. Everything needs to be fed and cared for. If you are buying everything you need, it gets expensive. It makes sense to produce as much as you can and eliminate as many expenses as possible.
That is what we have been working for. I have plans in motion to seriously amp up our production. We already grow a good deal of our own food. We are also going to grow more of the animal feed, especially for the chickens. If we can reduce our feed bill, then I can justify more chickens. More chickens is good. More chickens means more eggs. More eggs without killing the budget would be excellent.
There are so many things we can do to reduce costs and increase output. Everything we do to become more sustainable equates to higher savings and earning potential. Our little farm is a tidy little business venture. It doesn't make a fortune, but we do alright. I think it comes down to producing as much as possible, using what we have and not letting anything go to waste.
Ultimately, my goal is to get this property to pay for itself. I need to make the intermittent income a regular, reliable, predictable income. We have a ways to go but we will get there. Just having the opportunity to make it happen excites me.
So with all that said, I'm off to the gardens to work on it.