home.stead noun – any dwelling with it’s land and buildings where a family makes it’s home.
To most, homesteading means wide open spaces and a bunch of animals running around. But there is a growing trend of people setting out to homestead with what they have.
As a person who has been dreaming of acres and animals for a long time, we settled on a home in a subdivision and I was a little crushed. As time goes on and I begin to see all the possibilities; life on less than 1/4 acre isn’t too bad. It can be overwhelming though when you want to squeeze so much into your space. The first place to start is to prioritize what you want to accomplish in your back yard. Do you want organic vegetables? Do you want warm milk every day? Do you want eggs laid fresh that morning?
There are several publications talking about homesteading on less land but one that you should definitely add to your library is The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!
According to this book by Carleen Madigan, from a quarter acre you can harvest 1,400 eggs, 50 pounds of wheat, 60 pounds of fruit, 2,000 pounds of vegetables, 280 pounds of pork, and 75 pounds of nuts! I mean, can you even imagine??
This book, The Backyard Homestead, shows you how you can do all this, layouts for your land, and how to preserve your harvest. If you’re a visual person like myself and can’t image your little yard providing much you have to pick up this book.