For the aspiring farmer, a quarter acre suburban backyard may not seem like much, but it can still provide plenty of opportunity for raising animals. With careful consideration and a bit of planning, farmers can create a successful small-scale homesteading operation on their property.
Some of the best animals to keep in a suburban backyard farm include chickens, ducks, goats, sheep, rabbits, and honeybees.
Chickens are great for providing eggs as well as manure for fertilizer; plus, they’re quite entertaining creatures to watch.
Ducks are also excellent egg producers and require only minimal caretaking. Goats are easy to manage and provide fresh milk that farmers can use or sell; they also produce beautiful fiber in the form of mohair and cashmere.
Sheep are great for clearing overgrown land, as farmers can graze them to keep the grass under control.
Rabbits are another excellent source of meat and fur, plus they don’t require too much maintenance or space.
Lastly, honeybees provide Farmers with delicious honey and help Farmer’s garden thrive by pollinating flowers and other plants in Farmer’s backyard.
A quarter-acre suburban backyard farm may seem small compared to a full-scale agricultural operation, but Farmers can still produce enough food to make themselves self-sufficient while maintaining a pleasant living environment on their property. With the suitable animals chosen carefully, we can create a successful home farming system that provides plenty of sustenance for the farmer as well as their family and friends.