I can see where you're coming from. A lot of people tend to spread disinformation about what you need to grow food. My friend grows a crazy amount of food on less than 1/4 acre with her gardens and meat rabbits. Although she is not self sufficient she does A LOT on very little. Most say it's not enough land but she supplies well over half her own food and still has more yard left to convert to garden space. Quoting: sandman1
You should hang out with her more!
Doing the same on 1 acre with crazy high water costs So Cal Libs be taxing me out of here. My zoning is unlimited agriculture, but i cant afford water for grass forget about crops.
We also do the thumper thing and chickens.
It does cost more than store bought mass farmed produce, meat and eggs even more than "organic free range non anti bionic ect".
The lessons learned are priceless!
I only keep enough to have the option of expanding!
The infrastructure is the key, Having the materials on hand.
Sad that water costs you so much! Can you do a cachement system off your roof during rains? That would help you a great deal. What plan have you for water storage for when SHTF? Have you planned for this?