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In recent years, a lot of people have started working much harder to limit their impact on the environment. Using less electricity, recycling packaging, and reducing the time spent driving are all very common ways to achieve this sort of goal, and can have a huge impact on your footprint. Of course, though, there are plenty of ways to take this further. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring one of the best ways to make your home self-sufficient, rather than buying goods from all over the world; turning your yard into a small farm.
As they are much easier to grow and keep, plants are the first part of this to consider. Most people will have the space for at least a small herb garden, with long pots being available in garden stores across the world. You will probably need to buy some seeds, but these will be very cheap compared to buying food all the time, and can give you the power to grow a lot of different plants. Ranging from fruit and vegetables to herbs and spices, this approach is great for those who want to reduce their impact on the world.
Along with the plants you grow outside, though, you will also have the chance to make a small home for some of your greenery. A greenhouse can provide all of the light and nutrients your produce will need to grow nice and strong. Of course, you will need to buy one and have it built, but this will be worth it once you’re able to grow your own tomatoes, cucumbers, and much more.
With some plants growing, you will be ready to turn your focus onto animals. Being some of the largest contributors to greenhouse gasses throughout the world, cows, sheep, and other livestock can be very damaging in large groups. To avoid this sort of issue, having a couple of different animals in your garden could help a lot with this, and it they don’t have to take up too much space.
Goats, chickens, and pigs can all come in neat little packages. With some mobile field shelters, you will be able to give them the protection they need from the elements, all while keeping much of the space you have outside. Of course, you probably won’t want to keep animals like this for their meat. Produce such as milk and eggs can be bought from all over the world, but you will be able to get them from your garden.
Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working on your own yard-based farm. With just a couple of plants and an animal or two, you could have a huge impact on the footprint you’re leaving behind. Of course, there are loads of other ways to achieve this sort of goal. If you’d rather not spend lots of money, taking this sort of path will often be cheapest.