Originally Posted by SaltwaterServr
Can't raise my own pigs and chickens in North Richland Hills, but I'm educating my future step-sons on growing their own food. Germinating seedlings of a few different types of lettuces, carrots, corn, cucumbers, cantelopes, and watermelons that we'll be growing in our greenhouse in the winter months. I'm putting together a reflector system to add in extra light that we'll be losing in the winter months. Heating system is active and passive solar. Forgot celery and bell peppers too.
Since we've got a limited backyard, we're going petrochem hydroponic until the spring when hopefully we'll start in on organic hydroponic. Gotta have compost before you can make the tea to run through the system.
I'm looking forward to pulling off fresh veggies in December and January.
[View Full Quote]My oldest, 11, is going to do a video blog of our efforts to show folks with just 80 sq ft what you can do anytime of the year. Whether or not we're successful isn't the issue as much as getting them involved in outdoor activities and urban sustainability.
You are certainly off to a good start. Sometimes you can get hormone-free, antibiotic-free grass-fed beef, pork and poultry in organic grocery stores but it can get pretty expensive because it is labor intensive to raise.
There's a big movement toward urban farming going on so you will have lots of company and people you can compare notes with. I have even seen video stories of people raising fish, mostly Tilapia, in aquaria in big cities. There are also lots of community gardens where people can rent plots and grow lots of things. Not sure where the limit is.
Good luck to you.