An acre !! just what am I getting myself into ?

Ok I know I said I wanted to farm an acre the other day but I thought it was not that much space. In fact when I originally thought this up I wondered if I could really fit every thing in that space. Well let me tell you my wife and I did some measuring and as it turns out an acre is HUGE! So I looked up some info on the subject and here is what I found.  

A football field (including the two end zones) is 360 feet long and 160 feet wide for a total of 57,600 square feet. When you take away the two 30-foot-long end zones at each end, the field is 48,000 square feet making an acre about 91% of the field.

An acre which is a common measurement of land area, is equal to 43,560 square feet. So that being said if you want to see what that looks like go over to your local school or stadium and get a feel for what an acre looks like.

Now the good news is an acre is HUGE. That is some what of a relief because as I said earlier I was not sure if I could fit every thing in that I wanted to. As it turns out there is plenty of room one square acre is 220 ft x 220 sq ft more or less and that is more than enough room for a half-acre of pasture an orchard with apple, pear, plum, cherry and peach trees. I can plant all the garden I can keep up with and still have plenty of room for my house a large shop/garage a yard around the house and plenty of room for a barn.

I will put in a big pig pen with a shade house,chicken coop with room for the ducks and geese and a couple of bee hives. I will need room in the barn for a milking parlor and storage for hay and grains with some stalls for the cow and her calf and the goats. I might want a few sheep again and I already have some rabbits.

The sheep can graze in the orchard they will not chew on the trees unlike the goats that will kill them in short order. The chickens, ducks and geese can roam the pastures and orchard but no chickens in the garden if you want any veggies or strawberries. Geese eat grass mostly and the ducks will help out with bugs. They really like slugs.

Goats have to be behind well-built fencing or on a tether if not you won’t have anything left anywhere! I use them to mow the grass and weeds all over the farm. They really like weeds like thistle. A nasty bugger to get rid of.  

Today was hot. Worked in the garden a little and on fencing then measuring out spaces for pens and pastures. I put “butthead” the pigmy goat in the future pig pen to mow out the weeds a little. She went to work immediately on the project. It is 16 ft x 32 ft in size right next to the veggie garden so I can throw leftovers in there all summer. 

Well that’s all for now just getting a grip on how much space I have to work with. Plenty to grow all we need and extra to sell at the farmers market and to the neighbors. Should have no trouble making an extra $10 to $12k per year or more with the surplus eggs, milk, fruit, veggies, plant starts and offspring of the live stalk and meat. 😉  

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  1. Kevin, have you seen the current issue of Mother Earth News or seen it online? They feature a story about farming by the acre.

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