Will Sustane wrote:...the goats. As it stands now, there is not much in the way of forage for them to browse or graze upon. Perhaps a couple years of tending the land could change that.
I think it depends on your definition of food self-sufficiency (which you did outline pretty clearly in your original post--kudos!).
I'm reading (finally!) Eliot Coleman's _New Organic Grower_, where he says 2.5 acres will feed 100 people.
Lots of mathematical statements and myths out there ....
colemans quote was .....
"2.5-acre farm suffices to provide enough produce for 100 locals for a year. "
Most americans get most of there calories from fat (animal and or vegetable) check out your own diet
I hear a lot of advocating for nuts in permaculture: protein, calories, oils/fats, and of course all the benefits of trees and stacking. However, we can't keep our nuts away from the squirrels!
A standard apple tree at maturity can give 300 pounds of apples per year. Check. That's roughly what we got this year from our mature apple tree. A sweet cherry can also deliver 300 pounds per year, and a sour cherry, 150 pounds. We have one sweet and one sour cherry back there which have only just begun to bear. Four hundred and fifty pounds of fruit from them in the coming years? Zoiks! And then there are the pear trees. We have one dwarf and possibly one standard. Since the dwarfs will apparently give 120 pounds of fruit per year at maturity, we're looking at 240 pounds if they're both dwarfs, and 320 pounds if the second one is a standard.
look up urban homesteading i cant recall the fam name in cali but they did 6000 pounds off a urban lot what 1/2 acre?