A Plan for Food Self-Sufficiency

Planning a garden in advance can help you enjoy local, homegrown food year-round! Estimate how much to grow or buy and learn how to achieve food security with these guidelines.

Well Planned Garden
A well-planned garden can provide your family with the freshest, most nutritious produce, plus a more secure, self-reliant lifestyle.
Photo By Matthew T. Stallbaumer
Basket Of Fresh Garden Produce
A large home garden can supply fresh seasonal eating plus a year’s worth of home-preserved fruits and vegetables.
Photo By Rick Wetherbee
Using A Solar Food Dehydrator
Author Cindy Conner displays the solar food dryers in her garden.
Photo By Cindy Conner
Man Planting Seeds In Garden
Plant cover crops in your garden to improve soil fertility.
Photo By Norm Shafer
Tomato Seedlings In Newspaper
Once you know how many pounds of tomatoes you need for the year, you can plan how many seedlings you’ll need to raise and plant out into your garden.
Photo By Rob Cardillo
Two Guinea Hogs
Raising livestock, such as these guinea hogs, can add high-quality meat to the list of foods you include in your homestead food self-sufficiency plan.
Photo By Lynn Stone
Baskets Of Eggs
Consider adding free-range hens to your homestead plan to enjoy fresh, more nutritious eggs.
Photo By Rob Cardillo
Shelves Of Canned Food
Don’t forget to prepare adequate space to store — and admire — your preserved foods. 
Photo By Janet Horton
Fresh Tomatoes For Canning
Canning your harvests is one food preservation option — freezing, dehydrating and root cellaring will also help you store and enjoy homegrown food year-round.
Photo Courtesy Superstock

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