I live on a pretty small town block (600 m2), and while I'm doing what I can with it I am obviously fairly limited in what and how much I can grow. Especially since I have three small daughters, and want to keep some lawn for them to run around on. My wife and I have been toying with the idea of selling up and moving to an acreage (still within the same area), however our house here is perfect for us. We renovated this house, and so have the right amount of space, we've got an excellent dedicated home office, lovely open-plan family areas, we have friends and relatives up and down the street, and we can walk to the beach, sports fields and parks. We've been here for 10 years, and all of that makes moving an extremely hard decision. Basically, all we want is a larger yard (at least an acre, but perhaps as much as 5 acres). We would like to grow a lot more vegetables, have decent quantities of chickens (for both eggs and meat) and some other animals, and have an orchard and nut trees. Is it feasible to purchase 1-5 acres within say 10-15 minutes' drive of where we currently live, and do some of that stuff? Rural land without building permission can be had for a reasonable figure (roughly similar to the additional cost involved in us moving into an equivalent house on an acre). I figure the fruit and nut trees would be pretty OK once they're established, and sensible selection of vegetable varieties that don't need too much regular fiddling (e.g. daily watering) should increase our productive capacity. A shed with captured rainwater should help us get through dry spells and give us a place to store tools and equipment. Would it make much difference to such a venture not living on-site? Would chickens (and down the track, sheep, pigs, etc) be OK unsupervised? How often would you think I'd need to stop by to check on things? I guess my biggest concerns are around predators (mainly foxes), theft/vandalism and animal breakouts. I think theft could be minimised by buying land down a little-used dead-end country lane - out of sight out of mind and all that. Are the others significant concerns? Do you think such a purchase would be sensible, or would I be destined for misery never being able to build on my land? I guess it would be hard to sell if/when the time ever came when we wanted to make the move to a house out of town, or if it all became too much and we decided to throw in the towel. I work full-time, but would be planning on buying land that's on the way to work so it would be easy to stop by regularly. I'm not sure if I could manage daily stops, though, given other commitments. I don't want to bite off more than I can chew, so any thoughts or suggestions would be very welcome!