Sunday, December 18, 2011

Suburban Homestead

It should say how much land you need to live off of with a typical American diet.

Compared with what some urban homesteaders are able to get away with this seem like more than enough land.  Mind you, the chart looks more like mimicking conventional agriculture and crops than what could be optimized in ones own climate zone.  An aquaponic operation would cut down on the square footage dramatically and increase the protein production as well.  Rabbits en lieu of chickens for protein and adding bees for honey and pollination would cut inputs (feed) and boost production with the bonus of extra calories from honey.

Protecting National Security

Here is a WW II poster from the National Archive encouraging food storage for the war effort.  Today we have record enrollment on food stamps yet not a widespread government campaign for backyard food production.