If you’re like me, although you live in the city, your heart belongs in country living.
Here are a few ways that you can bring the benefits of the farm to your own suburban backyard.
1.) Chickens and ducks! This might not be possible for everyone, but if you do your research you might find that these birds are allowed to be kept in your backyard! Chickens are easy keepers and you can raise them for both meat and eggs if you choose. Ducks also lay yummy eggs and can be used for meat as well. Ducks are also relatively easy keepers, however they are much noisier than chickens and because they really love to play in water, they are much messier than chickens! If your city doesn’t allow backyard birds, you can be a voice in getting them to change the law! We just recently won the battle to have backyard chickens where I live in the last few years, so it can be done! Please also keep in mind that even if your city allows backyard birds, if you live in an HOA neighborhood you will likely have to ask them for permission.
2.) Goats! This one is a little less common, but there are some cities that do allow you to have small breed goats on your property, even in the suburbs! You can keep these fun loving animals as pets, or use them for their milk. Keep in mind that you must have proper fencing for goats because they are little escape artists. It is also recommended that you have at least two goats since they do not tend to do well on their own. Just like the backyard birds, even if your city allows them you will have to get permission from your HOA if you have one.
3.) Pigs! Again, this will depend on your city and neighborhood laws and rules, but if it’s allowed, you can actually own pigs in a residential area. Some people own pigs as pets, others keep one or two a year for meat.
4.) Rabbits! Most areas allow you to keep rabbits as pets. Rabbits are also good candidates for children wanting to try out 4-H programs because you can show rabbits through 4-H. Chickens, ducks, goats, and pigs are also 4-H project animals.
5.) Gardening! This one is probably more obvious, but it’s a great way to feel like you’re living the country life. Everyone can grow their own food, even without a backyard. All you need is big enough pots and an area where your plants can get sunlight. Do your research to find out what grows best in the climate you live in and enjoy not having to buy all your produce at the store!
6.) Learn how to make your own staple food items. Most people buy all their food from a store, but you don’t have to! With the help of the internet, friends, and family you could learn how to make things yourself like bread, jam and jelly, peanut butter, regular butter, etc! It’s a great feeling to learn how to make more of your own food at home. Not to mention you know exactly what is in your food that way!
Hopefully this gave you some ideas to help make your farm life dream more of a reality!