A confession: I spend more on cell phone upgrades than gardening supplies. I don’t even like talking on them, but it sure is compelling to buy the latest mobile tech immediately. Farming is great in a theoretical sense, but there are some practical problems: I like sleeping until noon and traveling more than getting up before the crack of dawn every day to feed the chickens and water the plants.
Fortunately for us, applying a little bit of tech to food creation can more than offset our modern, lazy ways. Here are 10 ‘buy-now’ projects to help you produce your own food, with a total cost of less than the price of the new iPhone.
They arrive in the mail as day-old chicks, which just might be the cutest package you’ll ever receive. Go pro by housing them in a chicken tractor, a great way to fertilize and till your garden. You know what’s much more effective than following your town’s rules on chickens? Giving eggs to your neighbors.
1 Gallon apple juice + 1 cup sugar + some bread yeast with a balloon + holes covering the top = a drinkable cider you’ll wish you’d discovered in high school. Get fancier to your heart’s content; I particularly like clone kits.
Total cost: $655, or $44 less than a non-contract iPhone.
Payback period should be less than a year (via savings in food and drink), and your homestead will be significantly sexier than a Zynga-Warcraft collaboration that lets you grow virtual food in Pandaria.
Yeah, it’s just an intro kit that’ll give you some low-quality results: the cider is more Zima than Ace. But isn’t that more worthwhile than paying to have a slightly-smaller gadget that gives you lower-quality directions?