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Urban 2 acres

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Hi Y'all,

I just was given (gratis) two acres (out of 15) in the middle of suburban Dallas, TX.  After reading Hemenway, Kourik, Fukuoka, Gershuny, Solomon, and devouring material on the ole' interweb, I am somewhat ready to move from my ruth stout sheet mulch raised bed in the back yard to a more serious adventure!

N.B. -- there are 5 cows, 2 horses, and 1 donkey on the land.

At the risk of being too impetuous, I thought I would have to just fence the two acres since I don't feel like I have time to grow a wall of helianthus around it.

My real question is how to prepare the land to begin cultivating vegetables and grains?  I know this may not be the strict permaculture perennial system of fruits and nuts (pecans do well in my area though), though I only have the land for a couple of years (at this point). I am kind of a budding no-till enthusiast with no heavy equipment, but I don't see a way out of a light till at this point (rent a tractor perhaps).  There are a wide variety of green manures I can use, though getting them established, much less their more tender vegetable cousins, is looking like a real challenge right now.

Any and all feedback would be much appreciated!


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