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Ramblings Of A Redneck Farmer
Welcome everybody to Ramblings Of A Redneck Farmer. Since we are just starting on this journey together, I thought it would be good to give you a little background on who we are and why we do what we do.
The 5th generation on our family farm and ranch.  My great, great grandfather came to this area as an orphan from Illinois to make a better life for himself in 1896.  He lived in a dugout with his wife until he could secure enough funds to build a house.  Ironically, I still live in the same house today, albeit it's been added on to a couple of times, the last in 1967.   He and other generations have endured crop failures, droughts, bug infestations., woeful crop and livestock prices, The Great Depression, wars and government ineptness and most recently, wildfires. One thing has always been a constant though, a love for the land, a love for tradition, a willingness to not fail and even when bad things happen, you keep putting one foot in front of the other the next morning and you keep going. This is where a self-sustainable, prepping approach to the farm and to life will put you ahead of everybody else.
1--We raise a lot of stuff.  In a normal year, we raise a lot of produce out of our market garden. That’s just one benefit of a large garden though. If you are ambitious, you can either freeze or can your surplus harvest to enjoy through the rest of the year. Nothing is as satisfying as going to your pantry or cellar, grabbing a jar of tomatoes, green beans, corn or pickles and realizing all your efforts one jar at a time.  Another big benefit of having a large food storage cache is it will help you get through tough times.  Case in point, I quit my full-time job last August.  It finally dawned on me that life is just to short to put up with crap like I was putting up with.  I had no fear, I’d find another job and life would go on.  Well, I couldn’t find another job, at least one I wanted to take.  So I’ve been taking part-time off the farm jobs to help pay the bills.  That huge food storage pantry we had has been a godsend and saved us from having to buy a lot of groceries when money was tight.  Prepping for a job loss or an extended illness that could hinder your working schedule and your income potential is very important.
2—We also raise a great majority of the animals that we consume.  Our cow herd is our farm's cash crop.  Our family runs 115 cows on our native grass pastures. Some years are better than others.  We are still in the middle of a historic drought, no matter what the government says.  As of this writing, we have had about 4” of rain in about 8 months.  Our normal precipitation annually is somewhere around 17”.  So to keep our cowherd intact we have had to buy a lot of feed for them. So diversification is the key on our family farm.  We also raise pigs to sell, as well as to fill our freezer. We also raise rabbits for a different dietary option.  Also, their rabbit manure is a great fertilizer.  Goats also have found a place at our farm. They are dairy goats, so we can harvest meat from them as well as milk.  Our biggest amount of animals, even bigger then the cow herd is chickens.  Currently, we have 170 chickens on our farm.  50 of them are egg layers, 100 meat birds and 20 are breeding stock for our meat flock—Grey Rangers.  We will be growing out some Cornish Crosses this summer as well and probably another batch of Ranger or heavy breed meat chickens.  These chickens will be grown in tractors so they have access to fresh ground every day.  By raising them this way we will let them have a diet of not just feed but also bugs and weeds and grass. They will also help us control our worm and parasite populations for the cattle and goats by disrupting the parasites normal growth cycle.  We also have 200 head of quail ordered for this summer as well.  We think having this integrated system where all of our livestock literally depend and are no more important than any other segment will make a long last, sustainable program that will keep this century-old family farm going for another century.  A well-rounded prepper always has more than one option to feed and take care of his family.
Prepping takes many different avenues.  It's just not all about zombies, nuclear war, EMP’s or gun grabbers.  We all prep for many different reasons. I grew up during the farming crisis in the 70-80’s.  The agriculture industry was at a point where no one knew what was going to happen the next day.  Record high-interest rates, low commodity prices, and negative governmental policies were running rampant at that time.  Our family literally didn’t know if we would have a farm to keep running.  Cash flow was more than tight and extra money was at a premium.  We were poor.  But you know what? We always had a roof over our head and a full belly, no matter how little money we had.  Both my wife and myself were raised by parents that were born during the Great Depression.  Our parents were brought up to use what they had.  Fix it when it broke and only buy new when you had too.  We didn’t run out to buy new things all the time.  I’m proud that my wife and I have continued to live a lifestyle along with that kind of thinking.  We repurpose things on the farm all the time.  When it is worn out around here it is truly worn out. Those traits are ingrained in us.  So today, tomorrow, next month and next year we will undoubtedly be still living on our little piece of heaven.

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