Shifting Focus

I am still trying to figure out how much land is required to be self-sufficient. However, learning quickly there are many factors to consider. In my search for answers, I have only found more questions. I suspect this is going to be the case for the duration of this journey!

One of the main factors I have to take into consideration is the number of people going to be sustained on the land.  That is a hard one to answer, being a single male. I am only in my mid-twenties, and would love to have a family some day down the road.

I am going to shift my focus a bit. Instead, I will focus on finding a minimum land requirement or a good starting point. I want to make sure I do not limit myself from future endeavours. At the same time, I do not want to bite off more then I can chew, which I have a tendency of doing. Efficiency and proficiency are the keys to self-sufficiency. Back to the drawing board!


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by dreadymama on December 17, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    I think you will find that you can live the way you want with a very small amount of space. Even 1/10 of an acre can produce thousands of pounds of food a year. 🙂 the Dervaes family in California have done this, and it is amazing!! If you have not heard of them, there is a youtube video and a lot of articles about how they do this!! I think you would find them interesting.


    • In addition to producing food, I would also like to harvest wood as a renewable source of heat. This requires approx. 7.5 acres. I am sure I can live off less land then the 10 acres I seek. However, I would like to be able to produce enough food to feed members of my community who are not able to do so. I do not want to limit myself from future endeavours. Go big or go home I always say!

      I will have to check out the Dervaes family. Thank you for the suggestion! 🙂


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