On 1/10th of an acre in Southern California 6000 pounds of food was produced. Start with what you have.
Even before becoming knowledgeable about the water and potential chemical abyss that are lawns I just never liked them. No bad lawn experience as a child that needed to be dissected on a therapist’s couch, just a general dislike. While I am just now adding Michele Huneven’s novel “Blame” to my “to read” list this description of what can happen with an outdoor space when lawn is forsaken is lovely. The article suggests that a keen sense of awareness of her surroundings as well as hands on interaction (there’s that pesky hand watering) all contributed to what sounds like a sanctuary.