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How much growing space do you use?

 
John Gratrick
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Hi all

I was wondering how much area you have dedicated to use for market garden or csa production.

For eg. I have 21-ish acres of land, 10 acres of it were corn productions which I left for a few years to recover from the farmer who used to own it. Of the 10 acres I plan on using 1-2 acres for my immediate use in terms of household gardening and possible 1-2 acres for future use to produce extra for CSA as well as getting into the local farmers markets. Then I'll do a smattering of ponds and fruit bearing trees and hedges, but that's down the road.

Whatever I have left I'll do Sepp Style and just fling seeds and see what takes hold.

 
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I can't say for sure because we eat out of the gardens, use the produce for trade, then sell or donate the rest. But I have about 2 acres planted in "garden crops". I have a lot more land planted in what I'd call non-garden crops (buckwheat, rice, feed corn, oats, wheat, mangels, fodder carrots, taro, yacon, gourds, etc) and permaculture beds for perennials (tropical fruits, herbs, certain greens and long living veggies). The non-garden crops don't require the same attention and work of the food garden crops. I keep the two type gardens separate so that I can more effectively get work done. I do this farm by myself so I have to keep a fairly efficient system going.

2 acres of intensive food garden is what I can handle under my present system. I get plenty of excess out of it for selling.
 
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