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The Bartering System Is An Alternative Resource

Bartering home grown food alone cannot ensure rural survival, but it can help you.

If you are not growing your own food, you cannot always depend on the bartering system for food supplies.

Attention! Bartering Works For Rural Survival Anywhere

Bartering home grown food alone cannot ensure rural survival, but it can help you.

If you are not growing your own food, you cannot always depend on the bartering system for food supplies.

You will need hard currency for rent, bills, food (except what you’ve grown and canned), water, fuel and many other goods and services.

The bartering system is an alternative resource for low-income, and unemployed rural homesteaders, who are short of money.

For example, rural shop owners who lost businesses can exchange any leftover stock for other necessary items.

A plumber may be able to exchange surplus stock after closing down a plumbing supply store, which can provide barter value in exchange for food and/or another service for your family.

Another example of bartering include clothing alterations in exchange for food, etc., at local and/or online barter exchanges.

Rural farmers, who participate in the bartering system, still need currency to cover fuel and other transportation costs, which is why recommend that all small rural homesteaders start homesteading as a business, to earn money on and offline.

Home Grown Food For Rural Survival

There are many rural homesteaders with large and small kitchen gardens.

In the U.S., Central South America and throughout India and Africa, many small farmers live on two and a half acres of land or less.

Traditionally, these small farmers have been encouraged to grow a cash crop.

Unlike homesteaders in the U.S., who can sell directly from local farmer’s markets, others must harvest and sell fruit and vegetables through a middle man, and can’t earn enough to buy the things a family need.

Basically, most people grow the same crop that is favorable to your culture or what you like to eat.

Since I have been gardening from age ten, I have learned a more sustainable way to use my land, which I want to share with you.

I was taught a three-step process for food self-sufficiency, which lifts rural homesteaders / farmers out of poverty.

Step 1. You need a small, contained, rotational garden.

In many parts of the world, where poverty is most severe, the climate allows for year-round planting.

With some practical instruction and starting materials like seed and equipment, a year-round garden with a variety of vegetables, can provide complete nutrition for a rural family.

Step 2. You must add a variety of crops to your garden, including feed for the animals, which you will add in step three.

Step 3. The animals chosen depends on your culture and preference, and are usually smaller animals like guinea pigs, chickens, rabbits, sheep or goats.

They take less space, and can provide not only valuable protein for your family, but also can be used as a commercial component later on for bartering.

Smaller animals are practical to feed, too.

Rabbits and chickens have a high rate of return at only two and a half pounds of food, per pound of protein.

They will flourish quite well on refuse from the garden.

In some cases, there might be room for a goat or sheep, which can also provide milk.

Cows take nearly 15 pounds of food, to convert to a pound of protein.

A cow produces a huge amount of food, but for most rural communities, there are no good storage options for meat; and feed, care and butchering are costly.

When these three steps all come together, you are growing your own food for bartering and rural survival.

The USDA has found that one and a half acres of land or less can produce enough food for a family of six, with enough left over to sell, barter and share.

As each homesteader / farmer is successful, you are encouraged to pass the teaching on to your neighbors and broader community, and to develop local farmer’s markets and/or bartering cooperatives with your neighbors, which helps them to survive and build community cohesiveness.

Eventually, there is no need for any governmental outsiders to be a part of your food self-sufficiency process; and you can feel pride in your accomplishments, knowing that you are able to grow your own food, and/or barter for the extra food, tools and services you need for rural survival.

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