Is it possible to be self sufficient on a little over 1/2 an acre

I was just wondering if it is possible for us to raise some type of animals and have a garden on such a small plot of land?

I'm very interested in being as self sufficient as I can. We have cut back a lot and would like to invest in maybe chickens or bees or both if possible. Any ideas?

Janice Barrera

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More than 1\2 an acre
by: Janice

Thanks to everone who has responded to my post about being self sufficient on half an acre. We moved back in June of this year and now have almost four acres. We had to leave our fruit trees :( but we are looking forward to developing so much more here.

by: Anonymous

There are a lot of posts on the net that disagree. However we own an acre and half, and we have five large dogs for flock security, four dwarf goats for milk and meat, a hen house with rooster, two ponies that plow and two miniature milking cows.

We rotate grazing, though we do supplement hay, sell our eggs and extra calves, kids and veggies.
we have an orchard of peach, pear, banana, grape, cherry, plum, and fig trees, lots of berry bushes and a veggie garden.

It does take a lot of work, but God has blessed us through trial and error, to develop the grazing, seeding, composting and drought.

We are planning to go solar within the next two years starting with the well. Be encouraged, and trust in the Lord. When things fail keep towing. Learn and prosper.

most for sure!
by: Anonymous

We have a bee hive, a small flock of bantam chickens - 11 to be exact - 3 call ducks, and two nigerian dwarf does. a large garden area, 2 dwarf cherry trees, 4 dwarf apple trees, a dwarf plum tree and a dwarf pear tree, grapes, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries... :) it's all in placement and going for smaller size. It fits together like a jigsaw puzzle ;) We have a little over 3/4's of an acre. I use a lot of area around the house that most people would consider for flowers or your typical "foundation" plantings. A lot of garden stuff I put in containers--because our garden area doesn't get a whole lot of sun... It's fun, and a challenge .. I hope you do it! :)

Re: Stock Panel
by: Sue

Stock panel is sturdy, pre-fabricated fencing you can buy in segments. You can see an example of ours by clicking here.

Stock panel is good for goats because it is easy to assemble (meaning you can take it apart and move it from time to time), high enough that goats can't jump over it, and stiff enough that goats can't stretch it and make it sag.

The trouble with our field fencing is we have to reinforce it from time to time because our goats rub against it and stretch it out and/or loosen it from the nails holding it to the post. Then they crawl underneath the fence. 8-(

Hope this helps.

Stock panel
by: Anonymous

I have always wanted a goat! Didn't think I had enough room but we sit on 1 and 1/2 acres.

But what is a stock panel and where would you buy them?

by: Janice

Thanks a lot Sue for your help. We started clearing off some of the land yesterday to put our garden and fruit trees. Janice

You can be self sufficient on Less than 1/2 an acre!
by: Anonymous

The Dervaes family does it on only 1/10 of an acre in the city!!!

Yes You Can Be Self Sufficient Even on a Small Patch of Land
by: Sue Merriam

Hi Janice,

While you won't be able to keep a cow on a half acre of land, you could certainly keep a couple of goats, some chickens and some bees.

If you do keep the goats, you will need sturdy stock panel to keep your goats in. Although the panels cost a bit starting out, they are well worth the investment. (Goats are clever and love to find ways to escape ordinary fencing. The panels last forever and are easy to put up and take down.

You will need to get a larger size breed of goat, such as the nubian or saanen breed to get sufficient milk. Either one of these breeds will produce up to a gallon of milk per day, enough for your own use and for cheese.

As for the bees, they take up hardly any room at all, don't require much care, and will provide you with up to 40 gallons of honey per year, well worth the initial investment of hive bodies, smoker and beekeepers suit. You can learn more about beekeeping here.

The chickens take up very little room at all as well, and are valuable for their eggs. In the early spring you can buy 25-50 straight-run chicks (both males and females). When the chicks are old enough that you can tell the difference between the boys and the girls, separate them. Once the males are 12-14 weeks old (depending on the breed), butcher them.

You can sell some of the hens and keep the rest, or you can keep all of the hens and sell the surplus eggs for a little extra money.

And, of course, you should put in a garden.

You will have to buy hay for the goats and feed for the chickens, but neither of those are expensive.

Happy homesteading on your half acre!

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