Learn How This Family Grows 6,000 Lbs Of Food on Just 1/10th Acre

Ever thought of growing your own food but didn’t think it was possible? It’s more that possible! It might even be the way of the future. If the Dervaes family can do it while living in Los Angeles, I think you can to.

The Dervaes family live on 1/10th of an acre 15 minutes from downtown L.A.. In itself that’s not strange. What’s crazy is that they manage to maintain a sustainable and independent urban farm. Complete with animals!

In a year they produce around 4,300 pounds of veggies, 900 chicken , 1000 duck eggs, 25 lbs honey, and pounds of seasonal fruit. There are over 400 species of plants. What?! They have everything they need to ‘live off the land.’ From beets to bees. Chickens to chickpeas.

What the family doesn’t eat they sell from their porch, making around $20,000 a year. Local organic food is so popular that they don’t have any problems finding customs. Even chefs from restaurants seek them out.

I tried to figure out how big 1/10th (0.1) of an acre is in perspective to other things . I used this website, findlotsize.com, and put markers around my ‘house.’ I got a rough estimate that mine is 0.062, but my math seems wrong since my place looks way smaller. It’s interesting to know all the same. Check it out … if you’re curious to learn what size yours is.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

14 thoughts on “Learn How This Family Grows 6,000 Lbs Of Food on Just 1/10th Acre”

  1. One acre is equal to 43,560 square feet so one-tenth of an acre would be 4,356 square feet. Think of the square footage of your home –let’s say it is 2,000 square feet. In that case, your back yard would need to be a little more than twice the size of your home to be one-tenth of an acre. In many states you can look at your property appraisal on-line and find the size of your lot (in square feet or as a fraction of an acre if you live in an ordinary city neighborhood) and the square footage of your house and driveway and other structures. Then subtract the square footage of the structures from the total of the lot and you will find out how much “dirt” you have left on which you might be able to grow something other than grass. Of course, in many cities, the zoning laws and neighborhood regulations strictly control what you can put on the part of your lot that is visible from the street.

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