Where would you start looking for information on how to go about buying some land and raising enough pastured cattle (beef and dairy), chickens (meat and eggs), and vegetables to feed a family of five? Maybe enough cattle to sell a few halves a year, too.
I don't mean going completely off the grid, I would still plan to earn outside income.
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on February 17, 2011
at 10:31 PM
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For chickens, you don't need much space, a backyard would do just fine. Research chicken tractors
For cattle, you'll need at least 10 acres. I wouldn't recommend them unless you have excellent pasture.
Pigs are better for space, and make use of household waste better than cows. Pastured pigs are easy, and I love cured meats.
For starters, go with rabbits and chickens, then get some goats, if you want dairy, and then go pigs. Later you can add cattle, if you want them.
You could try out aquaponics, and raise some fish and veggies together. Check out barrel ponics.
For veggies, if you go intensive and do it right, you could probably produce everything within 1500 square feet (no grains, no legumes) for a family of 5, maybe even less.
Forest Gardening is the technique for Paleo veggies. It revolves around creating a small forest, with several layers of perennial veggies, roots, fruits, and nuts. Incorporating chickens into a forest garden is easy.
Research everything you can about permaculture, and check out permies.com
on February 18, 2011
at 02:44 PM
There are plenty of books on homesteading at the local bookstore, most of which cover things like growing food, hunting game, raising animals, etc. If you do some research into cob cottages, you can get a decent primer on off-grid living, and building a house in a very eco-friendly fashion w/out a lot of the building materials required in modern construction.
You might also want to look into co-housing, and speak with people who are already part of, or are starting, sustainable communities. Not all of these are off-grid, or located out in the country, but many are based around the idea of sharing land and labor to grow food for the community.