Backyard Farming in Eastern Pennsylvania is On the Rise
A few years back I had listed and sold a two acre property that included and house and a barn, which needed work.
The Buyer, had plans on turning this property into a small, backyard farm or homestead. The house was repaired and remodeled, the barn was fixed up to house animals, and fencing was put up outside. An area was turned over for planting a garden.
Currently, she is raising chickens, pigs, rabbits as well as a growing a self-sustaining garden. The animals and plants from the garden are enough to feed the family for the year, maybe longer. If there is an over-abundance, that is sold for extra income.
Backyard farming, or homesteading, is rising in Eastern Pennsylvania. Even horse owners prefer keeping their horses in their own backyards to cut boarding costs, which continue to rise, also.
More and more people are moving into areas where they can either plant their own gardens, grow their own livestock, or both. The reason for this is that food prices are steadily rising for various reasons. Since salaries are not rising as quickly, it is more difficult to feed a growing family.
Growing their own gardens and animals allows them to have enough of a supply for the year or longer. Plus, during a good growing season, they may be able to share what is produced. This also teaches the children about work and where the food really comes from.
Before buying a property with backyard farming or homesteading in mind, make sure to check that the local zoning allows it.
Brigita McKelvie is a REALTOR® (Pennsylvania License #RS297130) with Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, specializing in rural and horse properties and farms in Eastern Pennsylvania. She has an e-Pro® (Certified Internet Expert) certification and a GRI (Graduate, REALTOR® Institute) designation.
Brigita McKelvie, REALTOR
Pennsylvania License #RS297130
Rural and Horse Properties and Farms
Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, Ltd.
The Premier Equine and Country Real Estate firm serving Eastern Pennsylvania from back yard operations to world class equestrian facilities.
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