Hello fellow permies. We recently sold our home in Southern California and are moving to Southern Oregon in early June. But we haven't found a place to call home yet. This weekend I visited a home for sale that I really like...it has passive solar, a masonry heater, whole house fan for night flushing, and many other great features.
The problem is we're not sure if there's enough land, so I'm looking for opinions on how much land we would need to do these things: 1) large garden, 2) food forest (undefined size at this time), and 3) raise a few sheep (plus chickens and maybe a couple pigs, but those don't take up much space). We don't want to farm for profit, but would like to make our family of three more self sufficient. Do you think it's feasible to do those things on .75 acre? We may be able to buy the lot next door, which would bring the total to 1.5 acres, but maybe not.
Also, the residents in this area (mostly on .5 to .75 acre parcels) irrigate their property using water from a community well. Do you think it's a horrible idea to rely on well water for irrigating .75 or 1.5 acres (assuming we would be allowed a second share of the well water if we buy the extra lot), even if they have amazing ground water in the area? I'm thinking that we could use graywater, do water catchment and earth works, and we could even drill our own well to supplement the community supply, if eventually needed.
This is a really tough decision because the home is so amazing and energy efficient. Most homes we can afford were built in the 70s with horrible insulation as well as toxic building materials, but this was built just 5 years ago with an emphasis on energy efficiency.
I'd really appreciate any insights you might provide.
Thanks so much