posted on Jan, 10 2008 @ 12:04 PM
Hi TLShark: This is a good question. We have 11 acres, mostly woods. But we do have a large space which could be made even larger, for a veggie
garden. our soil is very rocky and has literally zero nutrition. We use manure from our horses and work it into the soil to improve it.
We have woods, an excellent and reliable spring, horses and room for goats and chickens. We also have lots of wildlife and could live off the deer,
racoons and other creatures. There are also plenty of wild herbs and edible plants. If we needed more room we could easily clear some of the woods
without harming anything very much.
I think we're pretty much set for whatever happens and that's only with 11 acres. We also have great neighbors and would all band together if
something happened. We would share skills, knowledge and gardening, also hunting, if need be. Our neighbors have 5 acres and 2 horses, along with 20
goats, and a garden, so I'd say they're pretty well set.
I think if you just have even 5 acres, you can make it work, depending on how you utilize it. And 5 to 11 acres are easier to defend than a huge plot
of land, I would think. It's easier if there are more than just 2 or 3 people. I think the best plan is to have a big piece of land and have a small
community of people who live on it, defending it, gardening, taking care of animals, etc. We have that type of setup since we have neighbors who would
all join together. We're also lucky in that we live in the Appalachians (moved here from Calif) and the locals are all very good at surviving by
living off the land, they've done it for hundreds of years. They are more than willing to share their knowledge.
I also think having land rather high up and in a remote area is a good thing, due to floods, etc. It's just plain difficult to access this area and
that would help keep outsiders away.