I'm in the position of being able to purchase a small acreage, perhaps 8-15 in total. The land however is completely cleared, with handful of trees remaining. It's hilly in nature. I've attached a picture. Rainfall is 35 inches a year. I have not tested the soil yet, but this is the lower hunter, so I know other properties a few KM away are red clay, and relatively rich in minerals as I found some recently dug up. Since I have not yet purchased (and would not have a chance to do a PDC before a potential sale) I was wondering if the members here would like to throw around some thoughts and idea's on the property. Either than or feel free to point me at a link with giant amounts of information to wade through (I'm pretty good at that, being in IT). I'm finding the permi world difficult to navigate right now due to the large amount of scattered information and very parallel techniques. Before I start with the solution, perhaps I should state my goal! More than enough food to feed 4 whilst having highly varied diet. I'm planning on a lot of species, probably 30-60 somewhere. We will probably have poultry later on, and would consider some kind of walking mowers Alpaccas and Dexters (mini cows) seem to be the leading contenders if required. Food from trees is a priority as one day I'll get too old to be digging about (but I hope not!) My basic backyard gardener (and probably non permi agreeable!) thoughts are: -Water run off is probably stripping the topsoil. So, slowing the water down is a priority. -I've watched a few videos about use of swales, which seems like a decent application in this situation. -Building up organic matter. I'll admit, I have the cash to hot start this by trucking in cow\chook\manure\lucere, etc if needed. I'm thinking about how much has been removed from this soil and how to put it back.. -Planting out trees for privacy shade and food. I'll also need firewood one day, though I'm not sure about firewood species yet. I've read a reasonable amount about food forests, but think that a fair amount of thought will need to be given before purchasing the rootstock. I'm hoping that with careful planning the semi barren nature of the land will not slow down the plant growth rates too much as I want to be at a self sufficient level within a few years at most (with less species on the table early on but for calories at least.) I'm imagining the need for grains, vege and some meat, mostly from poultry, perhaps from goats. Love to hear your thoughts guys!