Keeping the balance
A well-managed smallholding exists in a state of equilibrium, where various enterprises and activities support and complement one another to ensure that harmony is maintained. However, there’s also an ongoing process of evolution as new projects are introduced and improvements are made to existing ventures. Just be aware that if you make changes in one area you’ll probably also have to make adjustments elsewhere in order to preserve the balance. It’s not always easy to predict the effects of change, nor are the subtle linkages between your different activities necessarily obvious, so do keep records of what you’re doing on the smallholding on a daily basis and regularly monitor the performance of your crops and livestock.