Start a 1-Acre, Self-Sufficient Homestead

How to Provide

Expert advice on how to establish self-sufficient food production, including guidance on crop rotations, raising livestock and grazing management.

Dairy Cows

A dairy cow can provide butter, cream, milk, yogurt and cheese, plus lots of manure to build soil fertility.

DORLING KINDERSLEY

Everyone will have a different approach to keeping a self-sufficient homestead, and it’s unlikely that any two 1-acre farms will follow the same plan or methods or agree completely on how to homestead. Some people like cows; other people are afraid of them. Some people like goats; other people cannot keep them out of the garden. Some people will not slaughter animals and have to sell their surplus stock off to people who will kill them; others will not sell surplus stock off at all because they know that the animals will be killed; and still others will slaughter their own animals to provide their family with healthy meat.

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