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a quarter acre

can support the food needs of a family of 4 if gardened very intensely. More can be acheived if using simple unheated greenhouse technology to lengthen your growing season. In northern Illinois I grow about 9 months of the year, and produce enough food from my 600square foot hoop house, fruit trees, and various othe raised beds to provide most of the vegetable needs for my family. I have less than 1/20th of an acre under cultivation, but am looking at a couple vacant lots nearby at the tax sale ina few weeks. If I get the lots I am planning on a much larger garden, and more fruit trees (on the steeper slopes) also some honeybees, and maybe a small flock of chickens as well.

Josh Brueggen
Jack of all Trades
Precinct Commiteeman Precinct 5 Rock Island Co Illinois