Learn How To Create Your Own 1-Acre Self-Sustaining Homestead


An independent lifestyle isn’t as easy as it is written. You have to work for it but if you’re lucky enough to own a property with clear land which you can exploit, it is a decent opportunity which you must take advantage of. If you’re scared about the challenge that lies ahead, we’re here to show you that a self-sustaining homestead can be created on only 1 acre of land! Most important to know before embarking on this kind of project is that you don’t need to have grown up on a farm to succeed in homesteading. In the following tutorial, you will find out how to split your land and arrange all of the things in order to get good results from livestock as well as from crops. Raising dairy cows, managing grazing, rotating the crop, growing the food, water management, it is all there. You need to take a decent amount of time to document yourself about homesteading from the next link and then plan your work ahead. Your dream of self-sufficiency is right at your fingertips!


Start a 1-Acre, Self-Sufficient Homestead

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49 Responses to “Learn How To Create Your Own 1-Acre Self-Sustaining Homestead”

  1. Hafeez Rehman says:

    Hi, Where I can find good 5 Acre land for gardening . where there is no water problem.Please assist me.Thanks.

    • Harun C says:

      look zillow.com

      • Cindee says:

        Zillow is terrible and not to date, MLS and relator.com are way more accurate. Zillow will have places that sold months ago. Real Estate Agent in CA.

        • Realtor says:

          Zillow is up to date, very up to date. hate to see another realtor promoting himself/realtor dot com just “because.” Look also at land and ranch listings online. Each will need to be evaluated on site.

    • keith Cornett says:

      Look in areas where traditional farming is a culture but not commercial yet…kentucky illinios, indiana, some parts of tennessee, and alabama. areas like north carolina or virginia is too commercial for tobacco and price is riseing fast..colorado is another you want to avoid…every square foot is going up for weed production and getting ridiculous

    • Karen B Jones says:

      Look in the midwest. I live in the Kansas City area. In the southwest corner of the metro area. There are lots of places in Johnson county, Kansas like that. You just have be in the county rather than the city. So, just outside of the suburbs. And 5 acres is a magic number here, since it’s the minimum amount of land required to have a septic system in the county. So, you should be able to find something. I mean, if you don’t mind living in Kansas.

    • Jack Smash says:


    • Sarah Sutton says:

      modoc – surprise valley, ca

  2. Joe kessler says:

    Need more info

  3. jay davis says:

    it takes 5 acres per cow to sustain them

    • Linda says:

      Jay that it incorrect. It is very dependent on many factors and one could easily raise 2 cows on 5 acres with decent soil. Many possibilities and ways to do even better.

    • Lorenzo Poe says:

      No it doesn’t Jay. I had 22 cow/calf units on 12 acres all summer. Its called MIG. Management Intensive Grazing, you may wish to write that down.

      • Kathryn Willett says:

        Acre/head depends hugely on the soil and pasture types, rainfall and water storage as well as breed and type of animals you plan to run. Fertile soils with good rainfall have a much better livestock carrying capacity than the more arid drier regions.

  4. Kalita says:

    We are in process. Love your ideas. Please keep me in your posts. Thanks for your good works.

  5. George A says:

    But where do I park my big-rig 18 wheeler ? my cars ( the ones that run ) ? and where is the guest parking and/or the guest house ? Well, I have 5 acres in Alamosa, CO if anyone’s interested….. or, if you I could find 3 families that will pitch in : one family lives in the main floor, the other in the fully functional basement, and me in the guest house !!! or, we could switch every 3 years !!! pay it all off in 9 years, free food, water and electric thereafter; just gotta work for property tax, tools, maintenance, vehicles, gasoline, propane, and of course internet/cell phone service. No mortgage !!!!

    • Caitlin says:

      Just wondering if you found your families and if you still might have your property
      It sounds like an interesting proposition.
      Take care George A maybe we will here from you


  6. Harlan says:

    above the pictures, there is a red line (More ideas:) then there is a black line (Start a 1-Acre, Self-Sufficient Homestead) highlight this black line and click…it takes you to 4 pages of starter information

  7. Greg P says:

    We are doing most of our farming on Islands in the Philippines.
    We started with a 5 acre farm. Now we are up to 25 acres. Life is awesome and we are having fun with the entire family.

  8. Hannah says:

    It’s is the black link, “Start a 1acre, self-sufficient homestead”

  9. Tigerr says:

    For some reason the advertisements are more important than the article but, if you scroll down, just above the pictures, you see a link to a “Mother Earth News” article “start a 1-acre, self sufficient homestead”

  10. Mark says:

    Click on the words “Start a 1-acre, self-sufficient homestead”…right above the 6 pictures that say in red letters “More ideas”

    • Dar says:

      This picture and info come from a book by John Seymour called The Self Sufficient life and how to live it….theres a plan for a 5 acre farm in there with all descriptions on how to do it….as well as a wealth of other info…..its definitely one of my favorite books

  11. Kayla says:

    Click on the line that repeats the story title – just above the pictures. Not an obvious link, but takes you through to the article.

  12. Heather bean says:

    No one needs meat to survive so skip the animals, it’ll save their life, your health and save land.

  13. Daniel says:

    How about Rabbits, instead of Chickens? I’ve actually raised rabbits and know a little bit more about that than Chickens. True, you don’t get the eggs, but you do get some great fertilizer for your garden.

  14. Martin Naarendorp says:

    1 cow on 5 acres is very flush depending on quality grass. I think its 1 acre per cow on good land. But 22 cows on 12 acre? 😮 So what about winter? Are you buying in loads of silage? And are those normal size cows or mini cows

  15. Johnson says:

    I have about 20 acres how do I plan it for commercial farming, I will like to do some export in the future. The land is in Ogun state, I need help to know where and how to access government agric loans. thanks

  16. Alex Replogle says:

    Best way to find land like that is to look for an old farm field.

  17. Marcia Lawrie says:

    I’m interested in this, please contact me.

  18. Claudia A says:

    Excelent ideas for the short future!!

  19. kevin Wallis says:

    look up joel salatin videos. he has great and informative videos

  20. mike says:

    I have 56 acres in Canada, approx 15 acres ready for farming. Interested????

  21. Alan says:

    Kentucky is full of very cheep land! I would even rent some land in trade for farm work.

  22. abboud says:

    The illustration is taken from John seymour’s book self sufficient gardening

  23. DKing says:

    Come to Croatia, olenty of land and water!

  24. Dan says:

    I have property in San Luis. An hour from Alamosa. Looking for help

  25. kim says:

    I own a 3/4 acre parcel in the desert in Phoenix, Arizona. IS this possible in my area with the desert and the heat? Our ground is like hard clay. Thanks for any input. This has always fascinated me.

  26. sur says:

    in australia farming density is 1 cow to 6 acres. under that is intensive and cruel

  27. BlairLynn sprouse says:

    With regards to Zillow and old posts. It is the responsibility of the seller or realtor or who ever posted. It is so frustrating as a sellers or land lord I have gone through the removal process only to have people contact you about your property. Then they get pissed off to find out it has been rented or sold. My last dealing with zillow, I had to go through the process twice to deleted a rental.
    I will say though, zillow, trulia and the listing gave us the most hits and our latest renters came from zillow.

  28. Galyn Williams says:

    The Big Island of Hawaii offers 8-10,000 sqft lots for less than $5-6,000 Perfect for those that want to do hydro/aquaponics. As to 1-3 acre lots in the $20-30,000 range. The island is perfect for those who want off grid and over half the Island receives enough rain that neither wells or municipal water is required.With over 50 farmer markets (both large and small), selling your ‘excess’ produce is never a problem. If you have any questions…drop me a line

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  29. Christi D says:

    Depending on your soils and forages, you can raise TWO cows PER ACRE, if they are smaller cattle like Dexters, American Aberdeen, miniature Herefords. You get 70% of the meat for 50% of the feed (pasture). Dexters are dual purpose, so can also produce quality dairy for your family.

  30. Sierra says:

    What kind of help are you looking for on the land?

  31. alex says:

    the one acre picture is lifted from a very known self sufficiency book

  32. I'm interested. Where in Canada? says:

    How can i possible do homesteading here in Canada?

  33. Neil says:

    Upper peninsula michigan you can buy raw land
    For 500-1000 an acre. 100 acre plots for 55000.
    Try mls upper peninsula. I just bought 30 acres outside of Marquette with electricity for 18000

  34. Jen says:

    My grandma lived on 1.5 acre. She would sometimes have a cow when I was a kid. My dad told (guilt) stories about having to milk the family cow twice a day…6am and in the evening.

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