The famous Texas heat is finally upon us after several months of cloudy skies and rain. Luckily there are tons of great places to take a dip while enjoying the natural beauty of Central. &
What Self Sustainability Means To Me
Self-sustainability is defined as: the degree at which a system can sustain itself without external support. This concept can apply to many aspects of your life. Some examples include creating a business that supports your lifestyle, incorporating solar power to help provide for your energy needs, capturing rain water, or growing your own produce and/or meat. You may have an interest in one or all of these. For me the area in which I most focus on is growing food for my family.
I grew up in a home where TV dinners where the norm and virtually the only veggies served were corn and potatoes. When I moved out on my own I knew that I didn't want those types of eating habits and the evolution began. Slowly educating myself on a balanced diet lead to learning to cook, which lead to a desire to knowing where my food came from. Fast forward a decade and we now have a small farm just outside of Austin where we raise our own cattle, goats, rabbits, and chickens. We also have a small garden and a pond that we are planning on raising fish in.
We are at the point where all the meat that our family would typically have bought in the grocery store we raise here. It has taken years to get to this point and countless hours of labor, but for my family knowing that the food on our table was raised organically and with love provides peace of mind that makes it worth it. We love the lifestyle and living in central Texas provides a great climate for growing our own food.
Central Texas has an ideal climate for agriculture. We are a top producer of cotton, hay, sheep, goats, mohair and horses. Some of the state's top crops are vegetables, citrus, corn, wheat, peanuts, pecans, sorghum and rice. There are even varieties of bananas that thrive here! I mention all this to point out that there is really no shortage in the variety of things that we can grow here. If your family has interest in living a more sustainable lifestyle then they are bound to appreciate all that this area has to offer. Couple the climate with a strong economy and the high availability of acreage and you can see the draw that the greater Austin area has for folks with sustainability in mind.
Be sure to follow along for future blog posts. In my next set of posts I will be talking about how to start living a true farm to table lifestyle. From apartment dwellers to folks with a few acres like us, there are options for just about everyone to grow their own produce, meat, and fish from home. I will share info that can get you started.
I split my professional hours between real estate, running our farm, and mentoring others who want to start their own small farms. I also give free farm tours to let others get an inside peak at what having a small farm entails. You can follow our small farm here on Facebook.
To see exciting potential homesteading properties in the Austin area check out my page. There are loan and grant programs provided through the USDA, FHA and others which provide financing options with little to no money down. There are affordable properties available, acreage starting at about 10k an acre and homes with land starting at 200k, you just need an experienced realtor to help you find the right one.
I am located in the Austin area and work predominantly in residential real estate. I have been a realtor for over 10 years. I was inspired to get into real estate after buying my first home. It was a ....