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Growing your dinner? You’ll need a big yard

THIS WEEK WE MARKED the first day of spring, which, for many, means it’s time to think about gardening. When you look ahead to planting rows of cauliflower and string beans, you may wonder: Just how much land would I need if I wanted to feed my whole family this way?

The company One Block Off the Grid has produced a fun infographic answering just that question. They estimate that to feed a family of four strictly on a home-grown diet of vegetables, you’d need 1.76 acres of land (which would yield 2,300 calories per person per day). Add meat, dairy, corn, and wheat to those vegetables and you’d need more land, but not much more—about two well-organized acres would be enough to cultivate it all.

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