Start a 1-Acre, Self-Sufficient Homestead

Expert advice on how to establish self-sufficient food production, including guidance on crop rotations, raising livestock and grazing management.



Homestead Plan
Your 1-acre homestead can be divided into land for raising livestock and a garden for raising fruits, vegetables, plus some grain and forage crops. 
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Dairy Cows
A dairy cow can provide butter, cream, milk, yogurt and cheese, plus lots of manure to build soil fertility. 
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Chickens
Chickens for eggs, meat and pest control are the top livestock choice on most homesteads. 
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Drying Hay
You can grow your own wheat and dry it on simple tripods made from poles. 
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Chicken Coop
Get creative and make your own chicken coop: This ark can be made out of used fertilizer bags for nearly nothing. 
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Pig Breeds
Omnivorous pigs will eat almost anything, and can convert your surplus crops into delicious meat and fertile compost. 
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