Dale Hodgins wrote:A quarter of an acre is plenty of space, to provide for all of your fruit and vegetable needs. You may even be able to squeeze in a few chickens or fish.
That's the plan. I have an HOA so i keep the front of my property like everyone else's but the back is all about self-sustaining. HOA won't let us have poultry... I tried, no go. I'd like to get a fish pond tank deal going eventually. Unfortunately, the husband doesn't like fish.
I would plant long term overstory nitrogen fixing trees if possible in a couple locations, and I would put short term nitrogen fixing trees all over the place, and next to the fruit trees, then I would chop and drop consistently until those short term trees and bushes won't come back. There are a few bushes that affix nitrogen and give an edible fruit. Autumn olive and goumi berry are two that I know taste good and affix nitrogen. You can get bulk trees from lawyernursery.com
You may know this already, but most business that trim trees take their trimmings to the dump, and they have to pay to do so. They are often happy to drop it off for free if it's convenient for them. You can get a lot of free woodchips like this, sometimes it just takes consistency. Just give em a call once a week and remind them that you are interested and eventually you'll get free woodchips.
My Food Forest - Mile elevation. Zone 6a. Southern Idaho <--I moved in year two...unfinished...probably has cattle on it.