I started the day in a little pain and feeling sorry for myself, until I stumbled upon this website called the Path to Freedom, which journals the story of a family from Pasadena, California, who have done pretty much what I have, but maintain their “homestead” as a full time occupation. They maintain a fifth of an acre about 100 metres from a freeway, and grow enough salad greens to sell to local restaurants and catering firms.
It certainly made Kim and I think a little bit more about what we could do around our house. We even went out into the front yard to see if we could convert some of it to food production! We decided that we would concentrate on an area around the clothes line first and tackle the front yard in a few years time.
I have posted a video of their exploits which inspired me for today’s post. Hope you like it!
Hi Gavin, this was an inspiring clip however as well as they have done I am concerned at the figures given for their productivity. It seems to me a very high return from a tenth of an acre.
I’m sure they said they produced 6000 pounds from this space per year which in our figures equals 3000 kilos or 3 metric tonnes.
Thats a lot of water needed and I saw no pictures of how they may harvest that much water.
Congratulations though on what you have done and forgive my pessimism.