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Hi, I’m Ryan

Learning to live in a tiny house taught me the value of a small space used to its full potential. When I had a 0.1-acre homestead, I used my tiny living experience to design a homestead layout compact enough to function on 0.1 acres while utilizing every square foot so I could live self-sufficiently.

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When I was designing my homestead in the small backyard of my tiny home, a 0.1-acre homestead layout helped me make the most of my space while allowing me to grow my own food and even raise some animals.

Homesteading in a confined space can be tricky, but with the right layout, you can utilize your tenth of an acre to its fullest potential by planning ahead, starting small, and taking baby steps, just like I did on my own land.

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0.1-Acre Homestead Layout

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My first advice to anyone wanting to design a 0.1 acre homestead layout is to start small and make the most of the space you have. Then, you can shop locally for anything you need to fill in the gaps.

This 0.1 acre homestead layout is designed to help you use your most precious commodity — your land — as strategically and effectively as possible. I’ve included the number of garden plots, raised beds, trees, and other elements I’d recommend for a balanced homestead on your 0.1-acre spread, but feel free to make adjustments based on your own desires and needs.

Assuming all your acreage is usable, you’ll have room for eight raised garden beds (4×8 ft./bed), two garden plots (10×10 ft./garden), three fruit trees, two compost bins, one chicken coop, two beehives, and one storage shed in addition to your main house.

Again, these are my recommendations based on how I have personally done it, but if you’re wanting to substitute ducks for chickens or berry bushes for fruit trees, play with this layout until it suits you.

0.1 acres isn’t a lot of space for many types of livestock, so you’ll probably want to stick to chickens, bees, and maybe ducks if you have a pond. If you’re getting chickens, decide how many you’re aiming to raise before building your coop. Standard guidelines are to have four square feet of coop space and eight square feet of run space per bird.

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How Much Will A 0.1 Acre Homestead Produce?

There are a lot of variables at work in how much your little homestead will produce — weather, soil, bugs, and livestock health being a few. Still, it’s good to know on average what is possible and even expected to receive in return for all of your hard work.

What Your 0.1 Acre Homestead Can Produce

  1. Main House:To keep your 0.1 acres as productive as possible, your house will need to be small, and it can also function as your herb garden using indoor potted plants and window boxes.
  2. Crops:Two 10×10 garden plots can produce anywhere from 200 to 400 pounds of vegetables depending on your crops and growing season.
  3. Fruit Trees:With two to three fruit trees, you’ll be able to produce between 300 and 450 pounds of fruit in an average year.
  4. Chicken Coop:How many chickens you have will depend on the size of your coop and run. A 10×10 run could comfortably keep eight to ten chickens, which in turn could produce up to 2,000 eggs a year if you have the right breeds and conditions.
  5. Compost:Your compost bin can help feed your garden and your chickens to keep your homestead self-sufficient, but the output will depend on how many people are in the household and how many fresh foods they consume.
  6. Raised Garden Beds:With eight raised beds, you’ll be able to produce around one to two pounds per square foot for a harvest of 350 to 500 pounds in a year.
  7. Beehives:With two beehives, you’ll be able to produce an average of 60 to 120 pounds of honey per year.
  8. Storage Shed:It’s hard to run a homestead without the proper tools and equipment. Storing these necessary items in a sturdy shed will protect them from the elements and keep everything running efficiently.

Why A 0.1-Acre Homestead Is The Perfect Size For Your Farm

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A small layout like a 0.1-acre homestead forces you to stick to what you can do with the land you have. You can avoid the burnout and overwhelm many newbie homesteaders experience when they try planting large vegetable gardens or entire orchards before they have any experience.

Designing A 0.1 Acre Homestead Layout - The Tiny Life (14)People don’t always believe me on this, but it is amazing how much more creative urban homesteaders with small plots of land can be with their space.

Plan for what you can reasonably accomplish where you’re at right now, and maybe next year you can produce a little more, and the next year, a little more.

Once you’re starting to get this homesteading thing down, you might even be in a position to get more acreage to put what you’ve learned to the test.

Is 0.1 Acres Enough For A Homestead To Farm?

0.1 acres is absolutely enough acreage to build a homestead you can farm. That said, a tenth of an acre is about as small as they come, and having a plot this size usually means you’re homesteading in an urban or suburban area.

Before you start building a coop and buying some cute little chicks, make sure to check with your city or county guidelines for what animals you’re allowed to keep. If chickens aren’t on that list, you can always shop farmers’ markets or swap produce with other homesteaders for local eggs.

When you’re learning to grow your own food to save money, eat healthier, and become more self-sufficient, there won’t ever be perfect conditions. Enjoy the homesteading opportunities your small 0.1-acre homestead layout has to offer and become an expert in shopping and bartering locally for what it can’t provide.

What Are The Dimensions Of 0.1 Acres?

If you have 0.1 acres, you’ll be working with 4,356 square feet. My 0.1-acre homestead was 48’ by 92’ of consolidated property that I divided purposefully into square footage dedicated to each specific part of the homestead (garden, chicken coop, etc.).

How Do You Lay Out A 0.1 Acre Homestead?

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Lay out your 0.1-acre homestead by deciding what your priorities are (eggs, vegetables, fruits, etc.), and allocating the space you’ll need to produce the amount of those things you want. Be realistic with your design and make adjustments around what matters most to you.

The layout I’ve provided shows what worked for me on my homestead to provide vegetables, fruit, honey, and eggs. Keep in mind that my tiny home was well under 400 square feet so it took up minimal acreage and provided space for my planter herbs.

Here’s What I’ve Done

  • My tiny house
  • 200 sq. ft. of ground-level growing space
  • 256 sq. ft. of raised bed gardening space
  • 2 beehives
  • Strawbale compost pile
  • Chicken coop and run
  • 5 chickens (which later grew to 20 chickens)
  • 3 fruit trees
  • 1 storage shed

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How Big Should A Homestead Garden Be?

A homestead garden on a property of this size can be as large as 200 square feet, like my two 10’x10’ ground-level gardens. You can supplement this with up to 250 square feet of raised beds positioned where they fit best on your land. Ultimately, your garden should be big enough to meet your family’s vegetable needs but not so large that you can’t maintain it or don’t have room for your other priorities like fresh eggs or fruit.

How Many Fruit Trees Should You Plant On 0.1 Acres?

I generally recommend sticking to two or three fruit trees when you have less than a quarter-acre. You don’t want to go under two trees for pollination reasons, and even two trees should give you a return of around 300 pounds of fruit per year.

How Many Berry Bushes Should You Plant On 0.1 Acres?

You should plant two berry bushes per person on your homestead. Bushes aren’t as large as fruit trees, so they won’t take up quite as much space, but I wouldn’t go over eight to 10 bushes all the same.

Fencing Your 0.1 Acres

If you’re growing your own vegetables and raising a flock of chickens, you will probably want to build a fence that will keep predators out and roaming chickens in. Quality wood and metal are the best materials to use when building your homestead fence, and you’ll want to do your due diligence investigating property lines and soil types before you get started.

What Animals Can You Have On A 0.1-Acre Hobby Farm?

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You can have whatever animals are allowed by your local municipality, provided you can fit and care for them on 0.1 acres. Resist the temptation to try crowding livestock like cows onto your small homestead. Even goats might be pushing it on 0.1 acres, but if a milk source is more important to you than something like fruit or eggs, you can adjust your layout accordingly.

Can You Have Chickens On A 0.1-Acre Hobby Farm?

Yes, you can have chickens on a 0.1-acre property. I recommend chickens to people with every size of homestead because they are fairly low maintenance and come with numerous benefits besides their nutritious eggs.

Allowing your chickens to free range helps to eliminate unwanted bugs, and you can also use them to till and fertilize your garden beds. Chickens are also easy eaters, so you can cut back on feed costs by supplementing their meals with herbs, garden veggies, and meal scraps as well.

Can You Have Ducks On A 0.1-Acre Hobby Farm?

You can have ducks on a 0.1-acre hobby farm, so long as you have a clean water source available to them. A pond is ideal, but for a small flock, some people set up a kiddy pool. Their needs and care are a bit different than chickens, but they are the most docile option around children. They also reportedly lay more consistently than chickens do, and, let’s face it, they’re really cute.

Can You Have Bees On A 0.1-Acre Hobby Farm?

You can definitely have bees on a 0.1-acre farm — as long as you’re up for caring for them and maintaining proper safety with the bees and hives. Local honey is a nice thing to sell or gift to people in your area.

Is 0.1 Acres Really Enough Space To Grow Your Own Food?

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If you carefully design your layout, 0.1 acres will be enough space to grow a fair portion of your own food. The larger your family is, the more you will have to supplement your diet with outside food items.

How Much Food Can You Grow On A 0.1-Acre Farm?

It’s impossible to pin down anything close to an exact number of fruits, vegetables, eggs, or anything else your mini homestead will produce in a year. But to give you an idea of what you might be able to grow in a year with the layout I’ve provided, take a look at these rough estimates.

Estimated Harvest From A 0.1-Acre Homestead With This Layout

  • 700 pounds of vegetables
  • 110 cartons of eggs
  • 350 pounds of fruit
  • 90 pounds of honey

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Can 0.1 Acres Of Land Sustain One Person?

I believe one person could feasibly live off the yields of a 0.1-acre homestead. An average person will consume around 116 pounds of fruit, 285 eggs, 138 pounds of vegetables, and 264 pounds of meat in a year.

On a homestead of this size, the biggest challenge for sustaining a single person would be meat and dairy products. The meat problem could be overcome by raising meat chickens or ducks and hunting for game to stock the freezer. Making room for a couple of goats wouldn’t be out of the question. If you’re up for a challenge, you may consider trying out a vegetarian diet.

Is 0.1 Acres Of Land Enough To Feed A Family Of Four?

While one to two people could feasibly live off 0.1 acres of land, a family of four would be hard-pressed to meet all of their nutritional needs from this small homestead. If you have a family of three or more, you can still homestead your 0.1 acres — you will just need to supplement your food supply by shopping locally.

Can You Live Off Grid On A 0.1-Acre Homestead?

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You can indeed be off grid on a 0.1-acre homestead — to an extent. Many homesteaders like the idea of living off grid because a self-sustained lifestyle relying on solar power and natural water sources is appealing to those of us who are already independent enough to grow our own food. Going completely off grid can get tricky, though, in certain locations and on small plots of land.

Is 0.1 Acres Of Land Enough For An Off-Grid Homestead?

While 0.1 acres is technically enough space for an off-grid homestead, the practicality of being completely off the grid on this plot size will depend on your family size and the restrictions in your area. If you are homesteading in an urban or suburban setting, chances are there will be local restrictions about water and power sources, but you can always check out the existing guidelines and try to take your homestead as far off the grid as you can.

Is 0.1 Acres Of Land Enough To Be Self-Sufficient?

0.1 acres of land is enough to be self-sufficient if you have a small household. One to two people could successfully live off of 0.1 acres if they are creative, connected to a local community of homesteaders, and willing to live with some dietary restrictions.

How Many Solar Panels Needed To Power Your Homestead?

You should have approximately 10 to 12 solar panels per 1,000 square feet of living space (including all areas you will need power such as a utility shed). When determining how many solar panels you will need to successfully power your tiny homestead, consider how much electricity you currently use and what cutbacks you could make to achieve a fully solar powered homestead.

Can A 0.1 Acre Homestead Be Profitable?

Technically, yes, a 0.1-acre homestead can be profitable, but whether or not you can turn a profit will depend on the local market for homegrown goods. Also, if your family consumes most of what you grow, you probably won’t be able to sell much produce.

This 0.1-acre homestead layout can truly help you use your backyard to feed your family healthy, homegrown produce. I always enjoy hearing homesteading struggle and success stories from fellow entrepreneurial spirits, so please share any of your own homesteading adventures.

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Your Turn!

  • What’s the most important element in your homesteading plans?
  • Do you want to homestead to feed your family, make a profit, or both?
By Ryan Mitchell on September 21, 2023 / Homesteading / Leave a comment

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Can you be self-sufficient on 1 acre? ›

It's theoretically possible for a single individual to grow enough food on an acre to live on it. It's theoretically possible to grow enough for TWO people.

What does a quarter of an acre look like? ›

A quarter acre is 10890 square feet. So, if the 1/4 acre was a square plot, it would be about 104.36 feet square, so perimeter would be 417.42 feet. But, that 1/4 acre could have been a rectangle with dimensions (whole numbers only) of 1′ x 10890′ (perimeter = 21,782 feet) TO 99′ x 110′ (perimeter = 418 feet).

How to design your homestead? ›

Homestead Planning Things to Consider
  1. What is your homestead land boundaries?
  2. Are your pasture slopes anything 30° or less that will help you to avoid erosion issues?
  3. Where will you build your home? ...
  4. Where and what are your water resources?
  5. Where will your animals be placed?
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How big of a house can you build on .3 acres? ›

Lot sizes for various house sizes

2000 sq ft house: Approximately 0.2 acres or 8,712 square feet (809 square meters). 2500 sq ft house: Around 0.25 acres or 10,890 square feet (1,012 square meters). 3000 sq ft house: Roughly 0.3 acres or 13,068 square feet (1,214 square meters).

How much land do you need to run a self-sufficient homestead? ›

For the average family of four, you can expect to grow a year's worth of food on three to five acres. We really do think that five acres is the sweet spot because it allows you to stack your animals and really utilize permaculture practices. One acre for gardens, perennials and fruit trees.

How many acres do you need to be self-sustaining? ›

However, it is possible to create a more self-sufficient lifestyle on a larger piece of land. Estimates for self-sufficiency typically range from about 1 to 10 acres per person, depending on the factors mentioned above and the desired level of self-sufficiency.

How big is 1 acre visually? ›

If you can picture a football field, that's pretty close to an acre in size. Officially, it is 43,560 square feet, and a football field is 48,000 square feet.

Is 0.25 acres enough to build a house? ›

25 of that is 10890 square feet. The square root of 10890 is a bit over 104. So giving enough room so that you could dig a foundation, I would say you could build a house that would be about 100 feet square. I.E. about a 10,000 square foot house.

What can you do with a quarter of an acre? ›

More ideas for can I homestead on a 1/4 acre:
  1. Plan a garden area. ...
  2. You can easily have 10 or so chickens on your 1/4 acre. ...
  3. You could even raise some turkeys. ...
  4. Also think about what bushes you might be able to squeeze in the nooks and crannies. ...
  5. You can also grow INDOORS all year!

Is 1 acre enough for a small farm? ›

The truth is you can be self-sustaining on a 1-acre property but it takes work, education, dedication, and time. So, if you have an oversized lot or small acreage and want to be as sustainable as possible, here are some ideas and suggestions on how to get started creating a self-sufficient homestead.

How do you make a living on a small homestead? ›

Below are some of our favorite ways that you can make money homesteading.
  1. Grow Mushrooms. Growing mushrooms is obviously one of our favorite choices here at GroCycle. ...
  2. Sell Fresh Fish. ...
  3. Start a Christmas Tree Farm. ...
  4. Grow Microgreens. ...
  5. Sell Baked Goods. ...
  6. Raise Bees for Honey. ...
  7. Rent Bees Out for Pollination. ...
  8. Sell Extra Bees.

What size house can fit on 1 acre? ›

On an acre, you could build a massive 40,000 square foot two story mansion and still have a half acre for a pool, patio, and yard. It could be 60,000 sq feet if the house is three stories tall. One acre is 43,560 square feet. For reference, the largest house in America is 58,881 square feet.

What is the cheapest type of house to build per square foot? ›

Cheapest type of house to build per square foot
Type of houseAverage cost per square foot
Pole barn house$50 – $150
Barndominium$65 – $160
Modular home$80 – $160
A-frame house$100 – $300
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What is the best plot size for house? ›

In general, a plot size of at least 1,000 square feet is considered to be sufficient for a small house. For a larger house or a house with a lot of outdoor space, you may need a plot size of 2,000 square feet or more.

How many people can be fed from a 1 acre garden? ›

Thus each bushel has 87,695 calories, and each acre provides 15,083,712 calories. At 2500 calories per day, a human needs 912,500 calories per year. Thus, an acre of corn can feed 16.5 people per acre.

How many acres does the average person own? ›

77 million landowners privately own 1.3 billion acres (or 526 million hectares), so in a population of 332 million, the median person owns no land. Nevertheless, the average landowner has 16.9 acres (or 6.8 hectares) while the average person has 3.9 acres (1.6 hectares).

How many people can be fed by one acre? ›

166 = 16 people.


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