Self-Sufficient Farm Designs to Find Inspiration From

Thinking of acquiring to live in a more natural way that allows you to feed on what you produce with your own hands? If these possibilities are in your plans, how to give shape to that idea usually raises doubts.

What type of design is more appropriate for a certain size or another? It is one of the frequently asked questions, so to dispel questions and help you take the step; we show you different designs for farms in which to find inspiration. If you live in urban areas but have a certain space for growing, you will also find proposals to adapt to your needs.

Self-sufficiency, this is what this ideal design for a farm with an area of ​​approximately one acre aspires. You can get a proposal, which you can adapt to the surface you have, the space is perfectly divided into highly differentiated areas, including one for housing, another quite large for cultivation, as well as an area for animal husbandry.

If your home has a small courtyard and yet you’ve given use, the first of this series of four designs gives you a chance that you can adapt depending on your availability of land.  As the available land expands, adjustments are made to the proposal. Thus, if you have up to a quarter of an acre (each acre equals just over 4,000 square meters), you can add new spaces, such as a compost area, an area for rabbits or fruit trees.

If your property has up to one acre of land, you can choose to expand the available space for each of the areas that the previous model incorporated, as you can see in this proposal. In those cases where the property is between two and three acres, the possibilities multiply. As you can see, the design now undergoes variations and incorporates many more areas of grass, more animal species, in addition to a greenhouse.

Urban permaculture farm.

Water tank with capacity for 25,000 litres, greenhouse, wooded area, growing areas vertically, horizontally, in water as you can see, there is practically nothing missing in this design. Complete, organized and visual, this proposal is designed by Very Edible Gardens (VEG).

Edible garden.

Especially suitable for those who live in hot climates, this design also created by Very Edible Gardens is devoted to growing fruits and vegetables. It has everything: fruit trees surrounding the property, a large area for cultivation, a specific area for aromatic plants and even a small greenhouse.

Micro farm.

Once again, Very Edible Gardens proposes this design that, as was the case with the Edible Garden, has practically everything, although more concentrated than in the previous case. Again, the fruit trees surround the space, although they are especially concentrated in the front part, which includes an area for growing forest fruits.

In addition to all of the above, there is a production area on land that is located next to a comfortable roof surrounded by medlars and plums. Here you can see a reformulation of the same concept in a quite different space that, however, does not renounce either the fruit trees or the areas of cultivation on land. In this case, a raised garden and a large space for cats have also been incorporated.

All inclusive

Permaculture also comes into play in this design and includes something that the other proposals overlooked: a detailed scheme of the farm’s irrigation system. Water tanks play, and rest areas, all with a multitude of spaces for fruit trees and for cultivation, on land or elevated, are included in this alternative. In it, you can also find space for raising chickens.

Traditional farm.

Traditional, very wide and very complete. The farm proposes this design that illustrates the classic model that can be found in rural areas of the United States since the second half of the 20th century. A barn, a firewood store, a hut for the production of honey, and a windmill occupy their space in this design with large areas for fruits, vegetables, and aromatic plants.

Animal husbandry is also the protagonist, with different areas specifically oriented for this purpose, including an area for pasture, cavalry and spaces for pigs, goats and sheep. Permaculture design. This is a versatile and very complete proposal that has, as a principle, the connection of the whole, rather than the random location of the different spaces in this house. With multiple areas for food production, this option plays at all times with plant species, even to mark the property’s boundaries.

A farm in 400 square meters.

By delimiting (and making good use of) the available space, this proposal is quite realistic regarding the average size of a property with these characteristics. This does not mean that you have to give up anything. As you can see, in this design, there are eight areas for growing on land, a space for fruit trees and nuts, an area for aromatics and for grain production, as well as for a chicken coop and for rabbit breeding. In addition, it also incorporates beehives—a good example of how to make the most of the available land.