January 24, 2012

Backyard Farming

Urban mini-farms are becoming more popular in backyards.
How much yard would you need if you wanted to live off the land and provide a family of four with food? With backyard gardens making a comeback, people are wondering about food self-sufficiency and what can be realistically grown in the average back yard.



The image above lays things out in an interesting and thought-provoking way that helps illustrate some of the demands we place on the productive capacity of the Earth as we eat our way through life.

The authors estimate that a family of four could become food self-sufficient on about 2 acres of land, depending on things like soil fertility, and whether your diet is vegetarian or not.

Even if you can't become entirely food self-sufficient yet, a backyard garden is always a good thing regardless of the size.

1 comment:

  1. Utilizing a greenhouse can extend the growing season allowing for more yield in a smaller growing area. I think it's great that backyard gardens are again gaining in popularity and hopefully the whole family will be involved.

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