How much land does one person need to sustain themselves? Also how much land does a family of 5-7 need to sustain themselves? Hi everyone, I have recently discovered permaculture and boy does it interest me or what! All my life I have known that things were wrong, I have been thinking and saying the things that permaculture discusses and somehow recently I stumbled across PERMACULTURE. I am currently reading "Permaculture; A designers manual" Very hard to get hold of- I had to get it from non local library as the only way I can get it is from Australia there and I cannot afford that. I have read some other short books and pieces and just ordered a permaculture book for the temperate climates (I am in England). So yeah, I am looking at permaculture designs- everything and I have come across an important question: Just how much land does a family and a single person need? I am not including industry such as timber and metals ect- just the home plot land. (my preliminary design ideas have a plot of around 40-50 metres by 100-115 metres per family of 5-7. I cannot figure out if this is too large or too small. I also am wondering about how a `small` farm would be on the end of each road too. That farm would have certain livestock that perhaps the house plots didn`t and also would be where the fish farm would be for that road. (almost everything local) Basically I am playing around with town planning designs and am curious how much space is reasonable (including the house itself).