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Homesteading – Grow Your Own Food on Less Than 1 Acre

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Growing a portion of your food supply is a deeply satisfying endeavor. Growing your own food will dramatically increase your level of activity, increase your consumption of produce, help your family save money, and fortify your family’s food security. Just 30 minutes of garden activity per day, 5 days a week will save you $2500 per year in medical costs!

I lead extension programming in a diversity of food crop production programs and I have been crafting a home food production system in Catawba County since my wife and I moved here in 2014. I utilize examples from my home production system in some of my presentations so I decided to share the details of our annual planting calendar , harvesting calendar, management tips, storage and processing, and other info that I believe will help you produce more food on this web page with links and photos.

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Our homesteading goals include the following:

  • Eat a salad from our garden 365 days a year
  • 1200 lbs of sweet potatoes
  • 200 lbs of potatoes
  • fresh green beans for 4 months and can 119 quarts of green beans for the year
  • freeze 10 gallons of sweet corn
  • 2 bushels of dry corn
  • 400 pounds of winter squash
  • freeze 8 gallons of sweet onions
  • tomatoes for fresh eating 4 months, 10 gallons dehydrated, and 28 quarts of sauce
  • peppers for fresh eating 4 months, 10 gallons dehydrated
  • eggplant for 4 months of fresh eating
  • okra for 4 months of fresh eating and 21 quarts pickled
  • beets for 4 months of fresh eating and 21 quarts pickled
  • freeze 15 gallons of blueberries
  • freeze 30 gallons of muscadines
  • freeze 10 gallons of raspberries and black berries
  • freeze 15 gallons of strawberries
  • dehydrate 10 gallons of figs
  • freeze 1 gallon of baby ginger
  • freeze 1 gallon of turmeric
  • cabbage for 6 months of fresh eating and 20 quarts of sauerkraut
  • 200 pounds of winter roots – turnips, parsnips, and rutabaga
  • 1 bushel of apples

Catawba County Gardening Home Page

Annual Garden Calendar for Catawba County

Project Homestead – Grow Your Own Food on Less than 1 Acre in Catawba County

Homesteading – Eat a Salad From Your Garden Everyday

Homesteading: Grow Your Own Food – Planting Schedule

Homesteading – Manage Weeds While Building Soils

Homesteading – Choosing the Right Varieties

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