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Country Garden, Hobby Farm or Just Plain Farming

February 9, 2015

There are many decisions to make when transitioning to a larger, more rural gardening space. Should we continue to garden small scale? Should we garden on a larger but still modest scale? Could we have a hobby farm/homestead with vegetables AND critters of one sort or another? That discussion is still ongoing.

Last summer I took a class called Sustainable Small Farms and Back Yards through the Clemson Cooperative Extension. It was a wonderful class and I learned a great deal about what could be done on a small farm of 10 acres or less. (Disclaimer: I do not work for Clemson University or its Cooperative Extension Service and receive no benefit for providing you with this link.) We covered vegetable and fruit production, small farm animals and bees. We also learned a little about marketing your farm and what is required to sell your produce to the public. I came away with a very fat notebook full of resources for future projects and information. For the moment, my main goal at the Carolina Victory Garden is still the same: Growing enough vegetables and fruits to feed my family regularly, year round and having some left over to share with others.

So far my helpers and I have enlarged the Country Garden by, well, a ton. In 2015 we will garden almost 1/4 acre of land. We have a landscaping plan for the yard and a plan for an orchard and berry patch. There is also a lot of clean up and brush clearing to do. We will not get all of this accomplished in one year, but we will get there step by step and have a little fun in the process. I’ll discuss this year’s goals in another post.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. thequeenofseaford permalink
    February 10, 2015 10:46 am

    I look forward to seeing your garden take shape.

    • Lauren permalink*
      February 10, 2015 2:57 pm

      Thank You! I’m quite ready for Spring this year for some reason.

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