My pseudo-industrious and dreamy (in both sense of the word) husband (a.k.a. accidental recycler) says we should live off the land as he puts away the grocery bill in his pocket. And I say, “Good luck with that but you hate nature.” And I add, with a zing, “You don’t even know when to water the garden.”
But seriously, if we wanted to grow our own food, even if we could, if we needed to, and if we knew how, I wondered how much land would we need? We live in less than ¼ acre lot, in a small development with HOA. And there is no way, we could live on what I can grow, even if I take up every piece of grass and shrub.
So how much land does a family of four need to eat?
Let’s look at this easy to understand infographic from 1bog.org (click to enlarge)
So if you have less than 2 acres, you can forget about feeding your family of four, especially if you are omnivores. If you don’t need wheat, you can shave off ½ acre and live on non-wheat foods. But good luck with that.
Do you think you can totally live off the land?
ibog.org is an organization that offers community discounts for solar panels. The infographic includes how much land you would need for solar panels for energy. For more info on solar panels for your community, go to Home Solar Power Discounts