This week work randomly took me to three self-sustainable farms in Otoe County, Nebraska. Between real estate conversations, I learned that all three farms were growing and raising their own food, processing it, then selling or bartering the produce and meat.
On the first farm were beautiful chickens, walking about freely along with turkeys, guineas and the protective farm dog. Dairy cattle were grazing in the distant field next to a field of sheep with daisies bowing rhythmically from a South wind. We sat at a picnic table to discuss terms of a contract while a beekeeper tended to the stacked wooden hives at the edge of the field in the background.
A wind turbine powered the farm home entirely and solar panels on the barn roof helped power it and other buildings; all testimony of the farm’s desire to exist independently. A wood fueled furnace was the home’s primary heat source. This farm is off the power grid.
The other farms were similarly peaceful with families working to the tick of a sun clock. There are likely few days off and weekends aren’t necessarily a time of rest and relaxation away from work, but the joy of creating your own food and satisfaction of working for yourself must be truly rewarding for these farmers.
Learn about these farmers and purchase their wholesome products from the Nebraska Food Cooperative at http://www.NebraskaFood.org or head to the country for some fresh eggs, milk, cheese, honey or free range chickens! Treat your family to the best local foods anywhere while supporting your country neighbor. JJ