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Our Microponics Farm Saved Us

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I will spare you the details, but the last 18 months have been incredibly difficult ones, physically and financially. We're not out of the woods yet, but we can see a light at the end of the tunnel.  In our darkest days, we had to sell off our large animals; cows, goats, sheep, donkeys.  We also shut down the aquaponics systems in favor of DWC hydro during the winter.  We kept the chickens, rabbits, turkeys and ducks. Oh, and worms, of course.

 

Our little micro farm has sustained us. Our freezers and pantry have remained full.  It's been an incredible journey.  By free ranging the birds and proper pasture rotation for the rabbits, our feed costs have been minimal and the results have been incredible.

 

I ran two 50 gallon DWC hydro tanks and several wicking containers in the greenhouse all winter and we had a constant supply of salads, greens, cabbages, onions, radishes and turnips. 

 

I owe a lot of our success to this forum.  We will be selling this little farm and moving to Northern Maine in the near future. In fact, my wife moves up there for her job this coming Wednesday.  I will stay here through the end of the year.  But what we've learned will go with us.

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I'm sorry to hear about your darker days and what went. I'm inspired by hearing about your micro farming making the difference, well done and an example that diversifying your food systems can give you enough options to make ends meet.

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Cecil, we lived there for 5 years before coming to Georgia.  As a long time (30+ years) dog musher, I was in heaven.  We feel like we're going home.  I just wish all the work I've done on fences, wicking beds, greenhouse, barn and such was going with. But, alas, we're starting from scratch. No worries, though, we'll do just fine.

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Hi Sam,

 

Sorry to hear of your tribulations but also glad to hear about the role your little place played in your survival.

 

I'm also inspired by your courage and commitment to continuing in your quest for a better life.

 

One thing is certain…..a person with a micro-farm in the midst of life's upheavals is in a better place than one without.

 

Stay in touch, mate…..you have friends here.

 

Gary

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