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    Looking for any and all good info [books/webpages] on self sufficient organic farming. Experience would be best thanks.



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    Quote Originally Posted by 1stvermont View Post
    Looking for any and all good info [books/webpages] on self sufficient organic farming. Experience would be best thanks.
    Define self-sufficient.

    Do you mean in terms of being able to produce/store enough food for you and your family long term without the need to supplement with store-bought produce? How much land do you have to farm?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jllundqu View Post
    Define self-sufficient.

    Do you mean in terms of being able to produce/store enough food for you and your family long term without the need to supplement with store-bought produce? How much land do you have to farm?

    produce as much as needed for ourselves and reduce outside costs as much as possible. around 10 acres.

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    I honestly don't know how much you'd reduce costs. You'd do it some, but it wouldn't be a mint. It probably wouldn't hurt to sell some of your excess (if you have any) to at least recoup your costs of seed, starter, and water. Everything is so cheap. Corn bushel prices will not substantially change and I don't see much else greatly changing. All this is not to discourage you. I recommend really doing a cost analysis if you want to seriously save. If you have the time though, it's a great way to have great food and take a little satisfaction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1stvermont View Post
    produce as much as needed for ourselves and reduce outside costs as much as possible. around 10 acres.
    As a kid we kept a 5 acre garden, the garden from hell as us 6 kids referred to it.

    Canning started in June and continued through September, literally thousands of jars of various vegetables and even some meat.

    With a 50hp tractor and a Troybilt Horse all of us kids had to put in 2 hr every day in the garden unless it rained.

    We composted etc...

    That was almost 50 years ago, I learned my lesson. Farming/gardening is a full time job...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1stvermont View Post
    Looking for any and all good info [books/webpages] on self sufficient organic farming. Experience would be best thanks.
    Here are some good books:

    https://www.amazon.com/Four-Season-H...ESCX7JT2GTXQ5Y

    https://www.amazon.com/New-Organic-G...WCX2MZQPE4YANW

    https://www.amazon.com/Winter-Harves...189B2ZTCV5R2SC

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    Organic Gardening and Mother Earth News were good publications in the 70's...

    Might could E-Bay copies?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    Organic Gardening and Mother Earth News were good publications in the 70's...

    Might could E-Bay copies?
    Mother Earth News is still around. If you have a Tractor Supply close they sell them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by donnay View Post
    Mother Earth News is still around. If you have a Tractor Supply close they sell them.
    Prevention was good too but not so much about gardening...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    Prevention was good too but not so much about gardening...

    Older Good Housekeeping, Country Living and Readers Digests were good too.

    https://www.motherearthnews.com/stor...ne/send-a-gift
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    "Cops today are nothing but an armed tax collector" ~ Frank Serpico
    "To be normal, to drink Coca-Cola and eat Kentucky Fried Chicken is to be in a conspiracy against yourself."
    "People that don't want to make waves sit in stagnant waters."

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    thanks everyone for the links.

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    The Grow Network is a good website too: http://thegrownetwork.com
    "Logic is an enemy and truth is a menace." ~ Rod Serling
    "Cops today are nothing but an armed tax collector" ~ Frank Serpico
    "To be normal, to drink Coca-Cola and eat Kentucky Fried Chicken is to be in a conspiracy against yourself."
    "People that don't want to make waves sit in stagnant waters."

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    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    Yes! I forgot about them. I have the whole set.
    "Logic is an enemy and truth is a menace." ~ Rod Serling
    "Cops today are nothing but an armed tax collector" ~ Frank Serpico
    "To be normal, to drink Coca-Cola and eat Kentucky Fried Chicken is to be in a conspiracy against yourself."
    "People that don't want to make waves sit in stagnant waters."






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