Conclusion and Summary
This project took a collective view of the technology required to be self sufficient in food from an Urban property less than 1/3 acre. We looked at practical systems and solutions such as Seed saving, Breeding animals for food and Structures such as Chicken Tractors. These could all be considered appropriate tools and technology for achieving the objective.
We also looked at food preservation and we heard from Bridget White from Wild for Fermentation who took us through practical solutions for fermenting food for nutrition and storage.
By looking at the energy levels in food we recognised that it may be an appropriate measure for looking at the ability to achieve food independence on an urban property.
The importance of physical activity in overall health is important and we looked at the level of activity that can be achieved in the daily activities of growing your own food.
With the examples used achieving total food independence on 1/3 acre for a family of 2 adults and 2 children would be difficult. However, this does highlight that this is not due to limited capacity of the property but from the limited number of the chosen example fruits and vegetables to achieve the daily energy requirements.
There is further research to do on this – with more emphasis on working systems and additional technologies and systems for increasing production. It is also worth exploring whether kilojoules and available energy is the best measure for achieving the objective.by