How do you make the transition from urban, small lot living to producing your own food? One word, slowly. The first year it’s best to start off with a flock of chickens and a lamb or goat to get a sense of the work involved and then expand into your optimal food production design for the retreat. It’s not easy but it’s very rewarding once you realize that you can be fully self-sufficient on your own property, yet be only a short drive into town for those amenities the family wishes to have access to.
It’s worthy to note that there are many ‘micro-climates’ within the American Redoubt that allow for longer growing seasons. However, the climate maps are not the ‘end-all’ authority. With the advent of modern food production systems such as hydroponics and aquaponics integrated with alternatively powered LED grow lights and heating systems built inside specially designed greenhouses and walipinis, the weather factor is almost a non-issue for most of our clients. If you simply don’t like snow, then we can help you find those micro-climates that have less annual snow fall than others.
If you wish to buy a retreat and conduct actual larger farming operations, then yes, by all means we need to work with you to select a retreat locale with an excellent growing season and soil characteristics, so that you can grow large quantities of your chosen products for market. At this point the USDA ratings are very important in your search.
There are also many opportunities here in the American Redoubt to grow small-scale organic food products to barter or sell at the local farmers markets or other venues. Each community in the Redoubt has its own special character and diverse economic structure, allowing these small-scale operations the ability to thrive.
Let technology help you grow your food and you will find that the number of retreats available that are for sale will increase, thus leading towards the success of your overall retreat search.
Remember; Water + Energy = Food Creation…the next step in self-sufficiency.