Who doesn’t love the feeling of being self sufficient and enjoying the fruits (or vegetables) of your own labor? More and more people are beginning to build their own micro farms in their backyard so that they can partake in the profits that come with having your own tiny farm or garden. Many Arizona cities allow farm animals on your property if you follow their specific city zoning guidelines. Checking your local ordinances is the first step to seeing how many animals you can own and how big their living areas can be as well. Here is what you can accomplish with your own backyard micro farm:
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Micro Farm Possibilities
Most properties within city limits require permission to start micro farms in your backyard. It’s important to make sure you’ll have enough room and supplies to house horses, livestock, or chickens. Generally, you will need at least two acres of land to properly raise animals, and raising them together will require sectioning off parts of your yard to keep them separated. Starting a garden is much simpler but requires clever planning that will determine how well they grow and how long you can produce crops during the year. Arizona is known for it’s hot summers that may require building a greenhouse to keep the spices, fruits, and veggies shaded and healthy.
Micro Farm Benefits
The best thing about having a micro farm and remodeling your backyard is that whether you choose to have a garden, poultry farming, pastoral farming, or beekeeping facility, they all affect each other in positive ways. Owning pigs is great for enhancing gardening soil, and growing your own produce allows you to waste less food by giving the scraps to your backyard farm animals. Bees can pollinate your flower bed as well as produce a natural sweetener for the food you grow. Raising poultry in your backyard is also beneficial for gardens because they like to eat weeds and insects that may be damaging your crops. Other benefits include:
- Most cows produce 8 gallons of milk per day.
- One cow gives you 490 lbs. of trimmed beef.
- One pig gives you over 100 lbs. of meat cuts.
- The average goat produces 1 gallon of milk per day.
- A hen can lay 1 egg almost every day.
How to Start a Micro Farm
If you’re feeling the urge to lessen your weekly trip to the grocery store and reap in the benefits of farming your own produce and livestock, then building a tiny farm is the perfect option. Fix My House specializes in backyard landscaping and can assist you in creating the perfect sanctuary for your new animals and garden. Plan your micro farms the right way with Fix My House and turn your backyard into a country getaway!