Have you noticed that everything on a homestead is interwoven and connected?
If you're a TV watcher, you're probably familiar with Gibbs on the show NCIS. Gibbs has rules for his life, and often refers to them as "Rule #9". Likewise, although mine aren't numbered, I have rules for my life as well.
- Chickens: provide eggs
- Goats: milk, and the kids were sold for income
- Garden: vegetables and herbs
- Fruit trees: fruit
- Livestock guardian dog (LGD): protect goats and chickens
- Barn cats: keep down rodent and gopher population
- Guineas: eat ticks and fleas (well, until they became coyote food)
- Steer: grass-fed beef
- Pigs: pork
- My next addition will be bees to provide honey
Our little orchard not only provides fruit, but the fallen leaves go on the compost pile, and the branches provide shade for our home and cover for songbirds. Their spring flowers feed the bees, especially our plum trees that bloom early.
We grow some plants to feed the livestock as well as to feed us, and others that are medicine. Plant waste is composted; the compost enriches our garden soil and fertilizes the plants. Those bees that feed on the plum trees' blossoms also pollinate our garden.
Composting inside a hoophouse or making a hotbed will help keep your plants warm in cold weather. Keeping chickens in the greenhouse will also help raise the temperature in the winter.
This web that connects everything proves to me that God has provided all we need. We are merely caretakers, working the land and caring for the animals as He intended us to do.
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