Homesteading, Organic Gardening, How to Farm, Preparedness, Self-Reliance
I'm not interested in moving away from my current location, but there is a lot a person could do with 1-4 acres of land.
First, I would plant three acres in pasture and put in fencing and a good water source (well). Once the pasture was established, I would bring in 10 dual purpose sheep (meat and wool), a dairy cow, and a steer and perhaps a dozen or two dual purpose chickens. These critters would graze rotationally, with the cows first, followed by sheep and finally chickens.
On the fourth acre, I would install shelter/milk parlor for them. In addition, on that fourth acre, there would be a large 1/4 acre garden and 1/4 acre fish pond stocked with catfish and perch. Near the pond I would plant fruit trees (apples, pears, plums, fig and a pecan and/or walnut) I'd also put in a row of thornless blackberries and blueberry bushes.
Given an additional, 5th acre, I would plant that in trees for wood. Eventually, the wooded acre would also support turkeys and a pig. The trick with the sheep, is that the ram needs to be separated from the ewes when not breeding, that means he would have to live with the cattle for a good part of the year until we got a few ram lambs that could be wethered to keep him company. The dairy cow could be IAed each year. I would harvest the steer when cow produced another male. A second heifer would result in a reduction of the sheep flock by five.
Extra meat, fiber, milk (or milk products), produce and fruit would be sold; but only after I had put up enough food to care for my family.