Understanding what it takes to begin farming in a remote area requires more than just a list of crops. There are a multitude of things that need to be considered, such as water supplies, finding how to keep land that is farmed arable and how to adjust crops to for soil acidity.
Not many publications exists that look at these kinds of farming conditions, as today most farms in the western world are run as part of a larger multi-national corporation. But if you are considering returning to a rural lifestyle, or just want to know if such a lifestyle is viable for you, then research on the problems that come up for rural farming will be an important key to making this decision.
One organization that has done extensive work in remote areas with farmers to help them increase their viability is the Peace Corp.
It is not surprising to discover that they have also created what is probably one of the landmark publications on how to effectively develop farming techniques that work in remote areas, the Remote Area Development Manual.
You will find that this publication can be a cornerstone to any plans for developing remote farms no matter where that may be or what type of farming you plan to do. The publication takes a thorough look at all aspects of farming including:
- Understanding soil structures
- Pest control for fruits and vegetables
- Care and feeding of cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and more
- Secondary industries for survival such as candle making or tanning
This 561 page document takes a look at the areas of agriculture, home engineered projects, animal care and tool development and care for any small isolated group.