We are a family of four, just beginning our permaculture journey. We own 3 acres of land in central Alberta, zone 3b.
Our goal is to be mostly(about 90%) food self-sufficient and to produce enough “cash crops” that we can bring Daddy home to the farm. Currently we are a single breadwinner family, my husband works out of the home while I (the writer, the wife, the farmer, the homemaker and the homeschooler), am trying to get enough side business going to get to the point where hubby can quit work and we can be farmers.
Currently (beginning of 2017)we have our fair share of consumer debt (and then some) and our farm income is at “hobby” stage. A little extra but not enough to actually make a significant difference.
Have you ever heard the phrase “you can’t do that!” ? I have. Specifically in reference to running a financially successful small farm. “It’s not possible to make money on a small farm” seems to be a mantra of old-time farmers, perhaps one of the many reasons that the average farming age is in the 60s and shows no sign of changing.
Well, this blog exists to document our journey at proving this mantra wrong. We are determined that you can actually do it! You can run a successful small farm, and you can do that in central Alberta. If we can do it here, you can do it as well. So please, join us on our journey, and I hope it will inspire you to take your own journey to do what you really want to do. Why don’t you?