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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      • Cindee on said:

        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 on said:

          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.

          • Woody Musson on said:

            No, Zillow is NOT accurate and up-to-date. Their site even contains a disclaimer deep down in the fine print. Find a local Realtor’s website that gets their feed direct from the MLS database for that state or area.

    • keith Cornett on said:

      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 on said:

      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.

    • Jeanette on said:

      Try Nova Scotia, Canada. There are a lot of abandoned farms and others have bought there and are homesteading successfully. The land, and even an old farmhouse, can be bought fairly cheaply.

    • You can get a five acres of land without water issues for gardening in Southwest Pennsylvania / WV area for less than 100K. You can build yourself a cistern and /or well and will have more than enough water for five acres of crop.

    • Linda on said:

      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 on said:

      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 on said:

        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.

  • George A on said:

    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 !!!!

    • 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


  • Harlan on said:

    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

  • Greg P on said:

    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.

  • Tigerr on said:

    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”

  • Mark on said:

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

    • 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

  • Kayla on said:

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

  • Daniel on said:

    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.

  • Martin Naarendorp on said:

    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

  • Johnson on said:

    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

  • 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.

  • BlairLynn sprouse on said:

    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.

  • Galyn Williams on said:

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  • Christi D on said:

    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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Actually on said:

    Actually Zillow is not 100% accurate. I’ve checked out homes that have been off the market for 8 months. I’ve also see major price differences. It’s off by about 30%. So no it’s not completely accurate. It’s a good place to look to start, but get yourself a realtor to verify.

  • Reality Check on said:

    A bunch of pie in the sky liberal BS…..the title itself is laughable. You are not self sustaining a couple cows on 1 acre with a house, gardens and trees.. After they churn up that little dab of land into a quagmire or dust bowl ( depending on time of year) you have alloted them in that picture ( which will take them all of a week, less in muddy season, you will have to feed them hay. Which requires a lot of land to grow. And baling equipment which you must store somewhere. That one acre is presumably in the country, needing a septic, so dedicate about a third or fourth of your plot just for that ( finger systems cannot be compressed on top). Forget crops….that room is already gone for house, hay storage ( which you will purchase from somewhere else), room for a truck, trailer and the other things already mentioned.

  • Gopa Ross on said:

    Please. Anyone buying property , research reaI estate broker sites advertising land very carefully. Beware of oil/gas drilling or mining development that could poison water sources also, and do you own mineral rights?

  • 5 acres, all cleared. 3 BR 2 Bath farm house with half basement, cool storage pantry. Several outbuildings. Small branch runs through, very good deep well. All water softener, filters, RO system and ultra violet system in basement. Bathroom, kitchen updated. Beautiful sunroom with dbl pane 60” windows and screening. Outside living deck. Above ground gardening beds. Horse barn, woodworking shop. Small hen house, yard sheds, detached garage, more.. $300,000. Tractor and tools go with it. Email me. Property in in rural Indiana. 17 miles west of Indy airport and convenient to all shopping.

  • Wanderers End Sanctuary on said:

    Looking for help in South East Missouri. Free camping for volunteers $10 a day to build must choose a trade

  • Maxie on said:

    I have to agree. Zillow is never up to date. I’ve called at least 5 different listing that either were not available or the price had increased. Not accurate.

  • alpha754293 on said:

    I think that my grandparent’s apartment in Hong Kong MAY have been anywhere between 200-400 ft^2.

    And as far back as I can remember, at least 4 people lived in said apartment at any given point.

    Does this solution scale?

  • Zillow is not up to date in the Midwest. It really depends on the market you are in. They don’t put much effort into smaller markets. I’m also a realtor, not promoting anything, but realtor.com is continually updated.

  • Hello, I have 3 acres in Kenya with un complete stoney buildings. It was a school before near Muranga teachers college, 80 kms North west @kshs 30m. Any one interested can contact

  • Linda C. Proffitt on said:

    PVC hydroponics in the house in the winter for salads, greens etc. There are ways to combine growing fish in combination with organic hydroponics.

  • Erin L McCardell on said:

    This pic is hilarious- the idea that you can keep 2 cows and pigs on less than a 1/4 acre and still have it be green and not either a mud disaster or dry lot (depending on where you are of course) is complete nonsense even if you use rotational grazing. I’m guessing the “designer” has never gotten near any of amount of livestock in their life

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