How much land is enough to provide food for your family? Do you really need acres of land? Well it all depends on what your goals are. Mine were simple. I needed as much as I could manage with the time I have available. No more, no less
Today's question comes from Tracey about that very subject.
Hi GavinWell firstly Tracey, thanks for the email and sorry to hear about the bad back and you missing your family. I know all about bad backs and the dampening effect it can have on plans.
Thanks for sharing your family’s adventure into semi self-sufficiency with everyone. I find your stories really inspiring.
I have looked on your site, and can’t find the info I'm looking for – although it’s probably in BIG letters under my nose.
How large is your block? Have you ever done a birds-eye plan of the garden? We have tried the rural acre block, but due to a bad back and missing family, we are going back to suburbia and since you seem to provide so much we are hoping ours can sustain our modified dream.
I appreciate that you are busy, so thanks for your time
Tracey & W
So on to your question. My suburban block is 779 m² (0.19 acre). It was the average block size back in the 1970's when my home was built. Not all is arable, as the pool takes up about a fifth of the land and the house another two fifths, leaving me the remaining two fifths to grow food and raise chooks.
I have posted a birds-eye plan of the garden before, but that was quite a few years ago. I found an updated aerial view of my house and land (circa Oct 2012), and I have highlighted things that can be squeezed in to a small block of land such as ours.
Well, I believe that a picture is worth a thousand words, so here it is!
As you can see, you can fit an almighty swathe of things in a suburban block. Hopefully you will be able to see the potential in which ever new home you choose.