I thought it might be helpful to lay out the current state of Wicked Small Farm and how we tackle producing food on our little quarter-acre.
Home size: 1050 square feet
Lot size: .25 acres cleared, .25 uncleared woods. (YES that is ZERO POINT TWO FIVE!)
Gardens size: 400 or so…I’ll measure sometime soon!
# of chickens: 6
Purchased in: 2009
Inputs: Chicken food, hay, seeds. We only use the compost pile to fertilize so it’s a good healthy cycle. The chickens eat the scraps from the garden, the kitchen, and their own food.
This year we put away (pressure canned, canned, dried or froze):
25 pints of tomato salsa
25 pints of salsa verde
30 pints of tomato sauce
25 quarts of crushed tomatoes
So many dehydrated tomatoes. I don’t know the best way to measure these but it’s about a gallon dried.
2 pints of frozen pesto (we ate all the basil.)
Lots of herbs
8 half pints of gooseberry jam
Next year the plan is to expand even further. I would like to get 25% of our food from the garden in 2017 and I’ll be doing a better job of weighing and measuring for next year.