By Molli McGee of the Tiny House Society — Have you heard about tiny living? Tiny living refers to living in a tiny house typically no more than 400 square feet and built either on wheels or a foundation. Despite the lack of square footage, tiny house plans can be customized to maximize on space and fit the needs of its residents (two and four-footed). Tiny living is particularly compatible with farming and homesteading because all three share similar goals of simple living and self-sufficiency. Let’s take a look at some useful tips for tiny living on a farm.
Did you know you can continue growing food in your tiny house this winter? The ability to grow fresh foods isn’t restricted to greenhouses or large spaces. As a matter of fact, there are a number of smart growing ideas that work exceptionally well in tiny houses or equally small spaces.
- Sprouting Jars. All it takes is a little bit of sunlight. Grow alfalfa, bean, and lentil sprouts for a great addition to your meals.
- Window Gardening. Place some pots on your windowsill to create a functional and decorative garden within arm’s reach.
- Gutter Garden. Attach gutters to the side of your tiny home for a great space-saving garden that will go wherever your tiny house on wheels goes.
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Whether you live in a massive farmhouse or a tiny home, the size of the land designated for your livestock is dependent on the breed, rather than the size of your home. While it’s entirely possible to have a tiny house with a large amount of land — let’s consider the options of tiny living on a smaller amount of land.
- Tiny livestock (think chickens and rabbits). Smaller animals are easier to move, require less fencing, and eat less food.
- Smaller livestock also require smaller shelters. This is another breed-specific aspect to consider that your animals will appreciate.
- Good fencing. The amount of space an animal needs is dependent on the breed. You’ll want to figure out the right height and length of fencing in order to keep your animals from going out on an adventure.
- Consider their purpose. Are you looking to raise livestock for food? Chickens offer eggs as well as excellent fertilizer.
Learning to make the most of a tiny space can sometimes present a challenge. Luckily, tiny homes often boast functional designs that are both space-saving and aesthetically pleasing. For tiny homeowners who grow their own food, finding places to keep it all can be difficult. Consider some of these efficient food storage tips:
- Hang a webbed bag to hold fresh fruits and vegetables. They won’t roll away if you drive away with your tiny house on wheels.
- Secure the tops of mason jars overhead in the kitchen. You can screw on jars full of spices in a place that’s out of the way and also looks good.
- Hang as much of your cookware as you can on the wall of your kitchen–you’ll have more room in the cupboards for storing food!
- Add shelves in even the tiniest of spaces.
Do you have tiny living farm tips of your own? Share them in the comments below!