Backyard farming is tough – but you already knew that. There is any number of events, circumstances, on-the-ground-realities, or things unforeseen that can make creating your dream backyard farm harder than you had imagined. The oft cited time and money are at the top of the list, but there are several other factors that make backyard farming difficult.
So what are those other obstacles to backyard farming, and why do we need to recognize them? Tenet #5 of the RTT Manifesto states that we will identify those obstacles to backyard farming. This is a very simple concept, but more difficult in practice. Sometimes the obstacles are obvious (tangible things), and sometimes they are not (feelings or expectations). The best way I have found to identify my own obstacles to developing my backyard farm is through methodical reflection, requiring rigorous honesty.
Let me give you an example (a true example, by the way). I often find myself stuck on a project because I am expecting my husband to help me with it. Somewhere in the back of my mind is a little recorded voice message that says certain activities need the accompaniment of a male member of the household, and that I should hold-off until he is ready to assist me. Where this little voice comes from I can only guess, but is so soft-spoken and so familiar that I sometimes forget to question it. When I finally do here the little voice I start to chant a mantra in my head over-and-over. The mantra says “If you want it done so badly do it yourself. Don’t expect someone else to do it for you.” This usually results in me completing the task, without relying Ben’s assistance, which means the task is completed more quickly than it otherwise would have been.
There are so many other obstacles to backyard farming that I thought I would list a few here, excluding the obvious two – time and money. I am sure I have left some out, so please leave your comments below and let’s get a comprehensive list going.
- Lack of knowledge or skills
- Physical limitations
- Unappreciative neighbors
- City/HOA laws
- No support from other household members
- No resources (this is different than money, but yes money can secure resources)
- Limited space for backyard farm
- Competing responsibilities (similar to no time, but based more on the choices we make)
- Fear of failure/ridicule
- Feeling overwhelmed
We address how to develop strategies to deal with backyard farming problems with RTT Tenet #10, but for right here, right now our job is to identify those problems that keep us from creating the backyard farm of our dreams. Why just identify the problems? Why wait to take action on them? There are two reasons we wait: 1) to allow time for solutions to present themselves, which they often do, and 2) because clear identification of a problem results in the problem being partially solved. “A problem well stated is a problem half solved.” ~ John Dewey
Feature photo provided by StarrGazr
What have you found to be your biggest obstacles to creating your backyard farm? We’d love to hear from you so please share your backyard farming challenges. I would guess they are not unique to just you.