posted on Sep, 24 2008 @ 04:45 PM
If I post all of the numbers and research I found looking into this, it would turn into a very long, boring drawn out post. I dont want to type that,
and seriously doubt anyone wants to read it. So here is the condensed version.
Four a family of 4 this is what I would do, you could get by with one acre, but 2 would be much easier.
2 100 foot rows will yield 300-600 lbs of potatos
60 tomato plants will produce about 300 lbs
1 50 ft row will produce roughly 80 lbs of carrots
1 50 ft row will yeild about 100 lbs of rutabagga
Plant 1/4 acre with corn. This should produce about 1200 ears. Enough for food and feed. If you like eating corn, plant more so you have enough to
use as feed.
A 10x10 plot will produce about 100lbs of cabbage
20 Strawberry plants will produce roughly 8lbs of berries
Peas, while they dont store as well as root vegetables, grow alot of them to add nitrogen to the soil. I would put in a 100 ft row, I had a bad pea
year, but in 25 ft I produced about 12 lbs.
Beans, roughly the same yield as peas, at least where I am at.
This is what I would plant, if I had limited land, was looking out for 4 people. Notice I left "exotics" out such as sugar beets, tobacco, coffee,
etc... Also, I did not include beets or radishes, as they grow so quickly even a small patch can produce results. Missing also is lettuce.
Impossible long term storage and doesnt provide a lot of nutrition anyways.
Chickens. I have 40 chickens living comfortably in a fenced in area roughly 25x25 including coop. Egg production is ideal at around 200 per year,
but I average about 100 per hen.
Turkeys. Ive read that you need 6 feet per bird. I have 22 in a 16x10 area, they seem to do just fine. I average about 60 turkey eggs per year per
If you raise both, keep them apart, chickens are known to pass on a diesese to turkeys which kills them. Not sure what its called.
If you wanted to go into animals aside from foul, I would stick with sheep and goats. 4-6 would be managable and would provide a source of wool, milk
and meat. Horses, cows, pigs, etc... are fine, but growing enough feed may prove difficult in the long run.
Rabbits are also very good. They dont take up any room, replenish their stocks quickly, and dont eat a whole lot. I would set myself up with a
minimum of 12 to start with and grow my "herd" to around 20-25.
As far as the idea of a stocked pond, I didnt look into this, as in my area, feasibility is a huge concern. Anything less than 30ft deep would likely
So anyways, thats what I came up with. If I had to start a small homestead with 4 people on two acres tomorrow, this is what I would start out
Any suggestions, additions, or comments are greatly appreciated.