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Land size needed to feed 150 people?
I'm doing an assessment involving a community garden and was wondering how much space would need to be allocated for 150 people.
Shaun Collins

Hi Shaun

It depends on how self-sufficient you want to be.

  1. 30-50 per cent self sufficiency
    veges (some bought in)/ berry fruit/ compost area and pathways
    = 54 metres squared per person
  2. 50-80% (including above)
    all veges are grown in the garden
    potatoes, fruit and cereals are purchased as are dairy products
    garden beds are intensively used and planted
    = 73 metres squared per person
    very intensive growing + rotation + green manure crops
    = 100 metres squared per person
  3. 80-90% (largely vegetarian diet)
    all veges, berry fruit, fruit, cereals, pasture for sheep and goat, fodder cereal, compost area and pathways
    = 820 metres square per person

    If option No. 1 is chosen, 100metres squared x 150 people
    = 15,000 metres squared
    = at least 1.5-2 hectares per community

Further information, we recommend you search www.google.com, key in self-sufficient growing space

good luck on your assessment





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