You don’t have to live on a hobby farm to experience the joy of growing at least some of your own food. We have 12 and a half acres, but we really only “use” a small part of it. The rest we just let go wild and enjoy the beauty. I hope that this website will inspire you to try growing your own food, even if your circumstances are very different than ours. Food doesn’t get any fresher or more nutritious and the flavor doesn’t get any better than when you can pick it and put it right into your mouth.
I would love to have horses and cows. I dream of having 2 mama Nubian goats named Lucy and Ethel who share milk with us for goat milk soap and goat cheese. I would love to have beautifully manicured gardens. But that just isn’t on the menu yet. That’s because we are busy running to scouts and track meets and piano lessons. In an article titled “Good, Better, Best”, Dallin H. Oaks explains that “the number of good things we can do far exceeds the time available to accomplish them.” Some things are better than good, and some things are best. We all have to decide how to prioritize our time. I think the key is to just do what you can, don’t worry, and love a lot..
So start small! Experiment with growing foods you love that are suited to your climate. Find inspiration on this site and in other articles, blogs and books. You will most likely fail at some of your attempts. But you will also have successes and, most importantly, you will learn. And each year you will get better than the last at growing your own food.