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How To Make $10,000 On One-Fourth An Acre

small farmFor many wannabe homesteaders, the lack of resources – that is, the lack of land and time – is the biggest stumbling block to self-sufficiency.

But this week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio says you can be self-sufficient on just a quarter of an acre and earn $10,000 in cash annually, while spending less than half the time that an ordinary job requires.

His name is Brett Markham, and his book, “Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre,” has become a go-to for homesteaders and small farms who want to get the most out of a tiny plot of land.

Brett tells us:

  • How mini farming differs from traditional gardening and farming.
  • Why mini farming works best with an organic approach.
  • How he plants seeds closer than recommended, without any problems.
  • Why raised beds can produce a higher yield than traditional gardening.
  • How $10,000 can be made on such a small plot of land.

Finally, Brett tells us which crops work best on a mini farm.

Don’t miss this incredible show if you’re wanting to learn how to be self-sufficient on a small plot – or if you’re just wanting to make some extra cash!

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  1. Interesting interview. I enjoyed listening to how he introduced deer to his hot wire. I do like the raised beds and intensive planting as opposed to traditional farming methods. I have been following Jean-Martin Fortier who wrote the book “The Market Gardener” which is a guide to making $100,000 per acre. He too uses raised beds, but not in wooden boxes. His beds are open 30″ wide and his instructions can accommodate bed length of any size. He also does the intensive gardening with 5 rows of carrots spaced 1 1/4 inches apart on his 30″ bed. I like the minimal till method to help prevent hard panning of the soil. I use a broad fork to open the soil deeper. Elliot Coleman began the 30″ bed and many tools have been designed to accommodate a 30″ bed. I have 30″ raised beds on 100′ rows,with 18 inches between beds. The only draw back to open raised beds or wooden boxed raised beds is that every two to threes years I have to re raise the beds.

    • Do you add a layer of compost every year? Do you raise the beds with the broad fork, or do you have to double dig or add more soul?

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