The Benefits Of Having A Pond On Your Homestead Easy!

Have you considered going off the grid? The reasons why a pond is essential for your survival.

If you’re considering going off the grid, or even if you just want to be more self-sufficient, then you should definitely consider adding a pond to your property. Here are a few  reasons why:



1. I know the importance of having a pond on your property. It makes for such a great resource to have to survive off the land. This can be seen from always having an emergency water supply. It can be used to irrigate crops if need be. Or it could be used to produce food. There are so many options! 



2.  A friend of mine built a good size pond on his land. He used this to stock it with fish and it worked amazingly. It now produces so much food for his family. It has become a major asset for their homestead. It has given them the ability to produce their own fish on top of their plants and animals. 



3.  If you’re striving for self-sufficiency, then a pond is a must-have.  When you think of a pond, you think of something small and mirky. A proper pond should be a good size and be able to hold a large amount of water. This ability makes pond a great catchment system for collecting rainwater and using it in your home. 



4.  The reality is that ponds are such a great thing to have for anyone wanting to live off grid. I would highly recommend having one if you can, for your homestead. 


What are above-ground ponds? 


 I have built a few types of ponds, one of which are above-ground ponds. They make a  a great way to add beautiful, functional water features to your property. All the while, providing a valuable resource for your  homesteading. Whether you live in the city or on a more rural piece of land, having an above-ground pond can help you to better manage natural resources and protect yourself from environmental hazards. 



With easy access to clean water and abundant fish populations, these versatile ponds can be used for everything from food harvesting and irrigation to stormwater management and wildlife habitat creation.



So if you’re looking for a simple yet effective way to increase the sustainability and resilience of your home and community, consider building an above-ground pond today!



How To Build A Cement Pond Is Harder Than Building With Clay


I know some people have cement ponds. The reality is that cement ponds are an excellent way to store water and can be easily constructed. I personally would use clay rather than cement. The lining of the pond will vary, depending on what you want it for; if durability or easy cleanup is key then concrete may work better than Rubber ( linings). 



Even though a cement pond is more expensive to build, the final price will be lower due in part from its durability. Ensure that all regulations have been met. Otherwise what good does having water around do if no one knows where their family will drink from during dry spells or emergencies alike?!

The importance of having water resources that are off-grid


The pursuit of an off-grid life is one that many people are undertaking, especially those who live in areas prone to natural disasters or war. For example, if you’re living near the Gulf Coast where Hurricane Katrina hit many years ago and destroyed much infrastructure including drinking water treatment plants; then this could be your cue for moving away from danger before another disaster strikes!


To have access to clean water, you need a source that is not only reliable but also off-grid.

Investing in building these water resources may seem like too big of an investment at first glance, but we promise it’ll pay off!


Having off-grid water is essential to survival on a homestead


Don’t be left in a situation where you have limited access to water. With the availability of off-grid sources, there’s no reason why everyone can’t enjoy this basic necessity!


The most important factor for having access to clean water is being able to find it. There are three main ways that this can happen: Groundwater, Surface Water, and Collected Precipitation all have their benefits depending on where you live. If you find yourself on a homestead without a clean water source then your main way would be collecting rainfall. 


For obvious reasons, if you have all three of these resources on your homestead you are in an amazing situation. That being said, if you do not then you have to focus more on collection systems to increase your chances of having a plentiful supply of water.  


The way we get the source water is important as well. We have to make sure that when we get the source water we are ensuring it is coming from a good source. If you get source water from let’s say a contaminated water source then there is no point in collecting it! So when you are figuring out where source water is coming from be that from precipitation, groundwater, or surface water it needs to be clean. It makes no sense for your water storage aims if the water is contaminated from the get-go. 


Water Storage is Key


Water storage is at the heart of a prepared and ready homestead. Without proper water storage you can find that you do not have adequate water when you need it. Think if there was a drought or a flood that affect your well for example. That is why having different water storage collection systems in place is key. 

Rainwater Catchment 


Rainwater catchment is paramount because it allows any homesteader to have water regardless of having surface or groundwater. Having homestead water is essential. This is why having the rainwater catchment systems in place is so crucial. 


If you have the infrastructure in your ponds, cisterns, and rainwater barrels from your roof you can weather the drier months when you need water. 


Ponds Can Act as a food resource


Fish farm ponds’ primary purpose is not water storage but food production. 


The primary purpose of a fish farm pond is not water storage but food production. As such, they can be used as an important source for people who live near or work with them to consume their own catch.


Building a fish farm with your pond begins with selecting the right location. The site should be close to a source of water, preferably a river or stream. The land should also be level, as this will make it easier to construct the ponds. Once you have selected the site, you will need to excavate the ponds. The size of the pond will depend on the number of fish you intend to raise.



You can easily build multiple “fish ponds” to increase food security. These ponds could can be excavated, they need to be lined with an impermeable material such as concrete or clay. This will prevent the water from seeping out and will also provide a smooth surface for the fish to swim in. Once the ponds have been lined, they can filled.

The First Step In Building Your Pond


You need to figure out what will be the purpose of this pond. Will the pond be a deep and wide pond for water storage or is this pond for fish production. Or maybe its purpose will be for providing water for your animals and crops. 


For many homesteaders, a pond is an essential part of survival. Not only does it provide a source of freshwater for drinking and irrigation, but it also attracts wildlife, which can provide a valuable source of food. However, before you can start reaping the benefits of a pond, you need to take the first step: figuring out what you want it to be used for. 


  • Do you want to raise fish? 
  • Attract wildlife?
  •  Irrigate your garden? 


Once you know the purpose of your pond, you can begin to plan its size and location. With a little bit of planning, you can build a pond that will meet all of your needs and help ensure the survival of your homestead.


If you are interested in growing fish, then you will want a pond that is big enough to support a healthy population of fish. Whatever your purpose, be sure to take the time to figure out what you want before starting to build your pond.


A Pond Can Benefit Your Entire Property and Create A Small Eco-system 


When most people think of building a pond, they envision a simple hole in the ground filled with water. However, if you really want to create a sustainable ecosystem, you need to do more than just dig a hole and fill it with water. To build a truly effective pond, you need to understand the complex interactions between plants, animals, and their environment.


 Survival of the fittest is one of the most important concepts in ecology. In order to build a successful pond, you need to create an environment where the plants and animals can thrive. This means creating a variety of habitats that provide food, shelter, and space for each species. 


For example, you might include deep areas for fish to hide from predators, shallow areas for amphibians to lay their eggs, and plenty of vegetation for insects and other invertebrates to live and breed. By providing a diverse range of habitats, you can ensure that your pond will be able to support a wide range of wildlife.


In addition to creating a variety of habitats, it’s also important to choose the right plants and animals for your pond. Not all plants and animals are equally suited to life in an artificial ecosystem. When selecting plants, look for species that are going to contribute to the overall  ecosystem in a food chain. 


There are many people who don’t realize that simply building a pond is not enough.  


Having a pond for water storage and another for creating an eco-system will set you up for success!


To create a truly self-sustaining ecosystem, you need to take a holistic approach. In addition to establishing a water source, you also need to create a balanced ecosystem that includes plants, animals, and microorganisms.


Only then will you have created a homestead that is capable of sustaining itself long-term. With a little effort, you can turn your homestead into a self-contained oasis that will thrive no matter what the outside world throws at it.


Water tanks


In many parts of the world, water is a precious commodity. In some areas, droughts are common, and water must be carefully conserved in order to ensure survival. One way to do this is to collect rainwater in a water tank. Water tanks can be used to store water for drinking, cooking, and bathing. 


They can also be used to irrigate crops or water livestock. When properly maintained, water tanks can provide a reliable source of water during times of drought. As a result, they play an essential role in sustaining homesteads in arid climates.



In order to survive off the grid, it is essential to have a reliable source of water. One effective way to accomplish this is by setting up a traditional pipe system that uses gravity to transport water from remote locations to the home and livestock water troughs.


This system can involve installing multiple water tanks at different elevations, which will allow you to draw from various sources of naturally falling rainwater on your property. Once in place, a well-designed pipe system will ensure that your precious supply of water always flows smoothly and without incident, providing you and your family with all the survival essentials you need for homestead living. So if you are ready for self-reliance and true independence, then set up your own gravity-fed water system today!


Overflow Pipe


These pips are important when you have to much water! Which is not a bad thing at all! The overflow pipe will allow for excess water to come out when the tank is full and can be directed to filling up another tank or a cistern. 


Additional Benefits 


Ponds bring moisture to a landscape, creating a more stable environment for nearby trees or houses that may be located near them; they also regulate frost levels by keeping water temperature steady year round (even if you don’t have an ice skating rink).


They also have the ability to start restoring ground water in an area where ground water is hard to find. Think of the animals that will be apart of this new ecosystem which will only benefit your homestead as a whole. 

Think beyond fish, and all the different animals that could provide sustaence to you and your family. I have seen this first hand with the growth of deer on my plan which before creating a pond specifically for building an ecosystem and food resource there were none or very few. 


Then over time the ecosystem attracted them and their population has grown exponentially. They provide a resource of meat that would not have been possible without creating this ecosystem. 

Along with these practical uses comes something much rarer: the opportunity to witness nature up close! 


Raising birds for meat on a homestead


Think of the different types of birds that will use a pond for survival. If you work your way up through building an ecosystem it will give back to you ten times over. It will serve as a true oasis for birds, insects, frogs, deer and so many other animals. It really can not be put into words how building an ecosystem around a pond can really change the future of your homstead.


Plants for building an ecosystem


I would focus on different kinds of shrubs and trees. Trees put around the pond will allow for grass to thrive, for birds to find homes, and for animals to find shade. They have been an amazing element to one of the ponds I built for building an ecosystem. I can now leave it alone without any assistance from me. I am able to go to that ecosystem I built around the pond to fish, hunt, and enjoy the nature that found a home on my land. 


I planted different drought-resistant plants under the canopy of the trees to strengthen the water retention around this little oasis. 


The more you add to a pond with the purpose of building an ecosystem, the more you will benefit as a result. The amount of meat and fish that I now have on my land has given me peace of mind on a different level. 


I do not need to look far when it comes to finding food, because that’s naturally occurring without any input from me or the outside world.


So when you think of water storage and food production, think of ponds. I would have two ponds as I stated above that serve two purposes. The benefits of creating ponds are clear to see and should be seriously considered for your homestead’s future. 



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