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How many square feet of food forest would one need to support a family of four in a temperate climate, while still being easy to manage?

I suppose I am really looking for opinion of personal experience. I know that there are a lot of factors going into an answer to my question...
 
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According to one circle a vegan adult only needs 1,000sqft. So that would be 4,000sqft for four. Lets adjust that to 20,000 sqft or 1/2 an acre. Because it would take time to bring up the fertility and expertise. Obviously if someone only got 5 inches of rain vs 50inch there would be a big difference.
 
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Thank you for the reply. Where we might be moving (the oregon coast) it gets lots of rain. While we are not vegan, I could easily be one. Although, I am thinking about picking up fishing... maybe. I love the idea of being self sufficient, without being disconnected from community.
 
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