How to Grow A Year’s Worth of Food

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If you’re interested in growing your own food sustainably, you may be wondering, exactly how much do you need to grow to feed your family for a year? Of course, this will depend partly on how hungry your family is, but here are some tips to help you figure it out!

If you’re wanting to live more sustainably, and grow as much of your own food as possible in your own sustainable garden, you need to have a plan. Planting a few things in your kitchen garden obviously won’t be enough if you’re really looking to go hard-core sustainable.

But how much should you plant, and of which crops? This helpful article from WellFedHomestead.com shares some tips on determining how much you should grow to feed your family for an entire year.

Do you know how much your family eats in a year’s time? As a farmer’s wife, I am keenly aware of how much meat, poultry, eggs, honey and dairy we consume. Raising enough food to meet our own needs, as well as an abundance to sell is an integral part of our life. To be honest, it hasn’t been the same with vegetables. I’ve at least attempted a garden most of the years that we have been married. Some years, I was more successful than others. If I didn’t grow it, I bought some produce from local farmers and preserved some foods for the winter: salsa, canned tomatoes, strawberry jam, pickles, and lots of frozen veggies and fruit. Still, I’ve always depended on going grocery shopping….

Not long ago, people had to think about how much to grow for the year. They had to plan ahead, save seeds, plant enough for their family, preserve enough, etc. It wasn’t just a hobby. It didn’t take up a 4 foot by 4 foot square in their backyard, next to the beautifully fertilized lawn. It was their yard. It didn’t take a back burner in their spring and summer plans, after camping trips, barbecues and swimming parties. These are all good things, but people had to think about survival first and foremost. Partying came after the harvest. Now days, most of us party first, fertilize our lawns second, go to the grocery store and depend on other people to grow our food (and expect it to be cheap), and then we think about gardening, maybe, if ever, as a hobby.

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We’re all a part of agriculture. Even if our part is just being a consumer, getting spinach and rice at the grocery store, we would not survive without agriculture. I, personally, want to be more involved than that. I want to know how much my family eats and how much we need to grow to supply that need. I want to work towards the goal of a completely self-sustaining homestead.

With that in mind, recently, I have been curious about exactly how much my family eats in a year. I started looking through a gardening book that used to belong to my Great Grandmother…. I also have a newer book that I’ve made use of to determine how much to grow.

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Want to know how much to plant per person? This is what I found:

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Visit Well Fed Homestead for a breakdown of how much of each crop to plant….

 

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