It is one of the sad truths of homesteading that you will face early on in your journey and throughout all your years as a homesteader… WASTE!
You work hard all year in your garden, planting, watering, weeding. You watch as your little seedlings sprout and become bigger and bigger. You prune, clip dead heads, amend the soil, chop and drop. All the time and effort you put in, and then one warm day in August you come out and find your biggest, most beautiful tomato is split right down the middle and rotting. 🙁
Waste is a sad reality of homesteading. No matter how much time, effort and attention you give your farm, sometimes things go wrong and you wind up wasting your product.
How can you be sure that waste on your farm doesn’t steal your profits? PLAN FOR IT.
When heading into a new farm enterprise, do some research to try to understand what waste to expect. If you are growing a garden, how many crops will fail? Raising meat chickens? How many will die before the butcher takes them?
Can’t find any number to expect to lose in your enterprise? Estimate a 10% loss. If you do better than that you will be pleasantly surprised and more profitable that you expected, and you are not likely to have worse than that unless something really tragic happens to your homestead.
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