You may be wondering, “how much land do I need to start homesteading?” The answer to that question depends on the answer to this question: how much land do you want and what are your homesteading goals?
Do you want to produce 50% of your food? More? Be completely sustainable on yourself for your food supply? Do you want to be off-grid completely? These are the questions that will help you decide how much land you really need to start homesteading.
I have a favorite book. It’s called The Backyard Homestead and in it you can learn about starting your own backyard homestead. Hence the title. This book holds all of the secrets to the universe. Or maybe just the homestead universe. Either way, it is one of my absolute faves, I’ve marked a million things, and will refer to it from this moment on as my “garden bible”. From just a quarter of an acre you can harvest:
How much land do you need to homestead?
50 lbs of wheat
60 lbs of fruit
2,000 lbs of veggies
280 lbs of pork
75 lbs of nuts
Obviously, the numbers can vary due to how much you plant, what the weather is like, etc. But to harvest that much you’d need a variety of fruit and nut trees, 12 4×8 ft vegetable beds (or about 384 sq feet of plant-able garden space), 12 chickens, two beehives, two pigs, and a few rabbits (if you plan to eat them).
We just got our first chickens a couple of weeks ago!