Today, however, we are going call daydreaming "planning."
Our little slice of Virginia is not large, just over 3 acres, but I would like to see it used productively and sustainably. We have an orchard that is already fruiting, a garden that is starting to flourish, and about 2 acres of partially cleared, unfenced, unused land. This just cannot be! gasp
As you already know, dear reader, I would like to have some livestock. A true homestead has the means to produce the vegetables and meat products the family needs for the entire year. While I think that is very lofty for my family and my land, I would like to get as close as possible.
The homestead in my dreams has a family cow for milk. Right now I am partial to either
Both are smaller, multi-purpose, heritage breeds that are known to do well on small homesteads. There is a Dexter breeder in my town, not a mile from here, so that seems a wise choice.
But, since I don't want the cow to be lonely (hah, not really the reason), the dream homestead also has a few sheep. I like either
|Hog Island Sheep|
An alternative to either the sheep or the cow, is to have goats. Milk goats are really common in our area, but as we discussed last year, they can be high maintenance. But if I had to choose a heritage breed of goat to have on our small holding, it would be the
|San Clemente Goat|
That is it for our Dream Homestead of Tomorrow (do you all remember those old cartoons about the dream home of tomorrow Or the hilarious Farm of Tomorrow?).
And we haven't even discussed the chickens, yet!