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  1. 1-Acre Farm With a Family Cow
  2. The Homesteaders’ problems on the Great Plains - Revision 2 - GCSE History - BBC Bitesize
  3. Homestead Act
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Teams of 'sodbusters' using steel ploughs did the first ploughing. After , thresher teams travelled around following the harvest. Farmers could hire them for just a few days. Drought - There was only 38 cm of rainfall in a year, and the hot summers evaporated dampness from the land. In the s there were terrible droughts, followed by fires. The well driller and windpump allowed deep wells to be dug, which gave water. New methods of dry farming were invented the 'Turkey Red' variety of wheat was imported from Russia, and farmers put a layer of dust on the soil after rain, which stopped evaporation.

Food - Farmers could not grow enough on their farms to feed a family. The government realised that acres was not enough to sustain people.


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The Timber Culture Act of gave farmers another free acres if they grew some trees. Fences - Lack of wood for fencing meant farmers could not keep cattle off their crops. This led to trouble with the cattlemen.

1-Acre Farm With a Family Cow

Barbed wire patented by Joseph Glidden in solved the problem of fencing. Im shocked Mother Earth supports it. Lets start with the cow. Every state has a graze min for cattle.


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Here in SW Iowa with lush land its 2. I dont think most people believing this know how small an acer is. You can have a garden, a few trees and poultry if you never let them out, but not livestock and if your home is on that 1 acre to, forget the chickens, better buy quail and rabbits. Who ever wrote this is an idiot. IF you don't have your home on that 1 acre you still need by law more then 1 acre of land for a cow.

You can fit one of many given things on 1 acre but not a cow, pigs, chickens, a garden, fruit trees, I don't think they know how small an acre is. Goats need hay, period. So do rabbits.

The Homesteaders’ problems on the Great Plains - Revision 2 - GCSE History - BBC Bitesize

And they still need bedding besides. Their manure is excellent- deemed "cold" so it is ok to put right on plants or garden- no composting needed. Maybe baby steps is the way to go instead of the total self sufficient way. To me self sufficient means no outside inputs. You cannot feed a cow on one acre without buying hay and feed. It may be possible with a goat, given the right forage. You'd need additional acreage for the rest of your food. I'd love to hear from someone who's done it. One acre is not enough space to feed a cow, unless you buy it a lot of food.

I have Loved Mother Earth News since the late 70's early 80's!! To zorba 1 A cheap and probably effective green house would be to build a hoop house using at least 1' PVC Conduit for the hoops. I have one like that that has withstood winds of up to 75 mph without problems. A secret to making it withstand high winds is to place 1" x 4" down the middle of each side lengthwise about midway up the hoops; have a ridge pole to give rigidity to the peak of the hoop house and to have corner braces of 1" x 4" on all 4 corners. I used to live in the high desert of California on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada's and there were times the wind exceeded mph.

Country Homestead Living John. Actually put up the metal building first. At this age, and even in decent health, it was an overwhelming task and the very first thing I learned about building is that all the materials are really heavy. I injured my hamstring in a fall almost detaching it from my pelvis. I now have golfers elbow in both arms from all the heavy lifting.

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However, I got through it and now we are warm and cozy in our little shack. The thing about building at this age is being careful and knowing your limitations. We have one acre in the high desert of California, our ground is hard clay and decomposed granite. We have water restrictions and our "ground" has almost no moisture in it, after the recent five year drought. We are disabled in our seventies and low income. We do want to raise our own veggies, chickens, some sheep and goats. I know about raised beds and am currently digging feet of trenches by hand for a watering system. Our land was part of a junkyard at one time and it is full of broken glass and car parts.

We have picked out several hundred pounds of glass and old junk.


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But, we need to gradually bring in either ground bark or something to cover the land with to raise animals. I have dug as deep as three feet and still found broken glass and car parts that deep. We have to work with what we have, has anyone had and worked with this kind of problem?

We might have to raise any animals on concrete, the raised beds may have to be on legs, off the ground, and we need a cheap but effective green house.

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It gets up to degrees in Summer and 10 degrees in winter, with very high winds. Any help will be appreciated. We did not know about the past junk yard until six months after we bought this manufactured home and land. Both of us grew up on farms back east, so we know about growing crops and raising animals. Is there a similar resource for homesteading in central Texas?

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With both of us in our 60's, fit and self sufficient in our self employment and youngest about to leave home to follow his own career we are planning a working retirement of self sufficiency. Having both been developing and building our own properties for most of our lives since our 20's, we are looking for the ideal site or property in Devon or Cornwall UK to build or convert into our self sufficient and hopefully off grid ECO home. We would love to hear from any others in UK or Abroad that have attempted or are attempting the same ambition o know of any suitable sites.

Oh - a book excerpt. Not initially knowing this, I mentally criticized it for lack of numbers Great ideas, but you need more than one acre of land to implement them. The winter hay and grain for one dairy cow costs more than the value of the milk she provides, and in a dry year you'd be buying hay summer AND winter. I put target those who say you can not: achieve a stocking rate of 0. It never ceases to amaze me at how so few can see past the end of their noses.

Yet here again the comments show just that. The lack of intelligence can be overlooked. It's that someone would actually post some of the stuff they do, proving their lack of any intelligence at all, that is mind blowing! However, that's not exactly the point. Stocking rates are that heavy in areas.

In others,such as where I live, it's 1per acres.