How Big is an Acre ??

By treatyrockbeef - Last updated: Friday, April 8, 2011 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

Farmers Market Friends:

I hope you are all well and thinking about preparing your gardens as spring finally makes its appearace here in southern New England.  I have lots of rabbit manure and wet hay stripped out of winter hutches available to you FREE if you want to arrange for pick-up at South Kingstown Farmers Market on Saturdays.  No doubt many of you will be tilling up an acre or more of ground for your food cultivation.  I have more modest ambitions looking out over a 30′ x 60′ plot of beautiful tilled black earth amended with rotted hay and rabbit manure.  This week’s farm fact relates to traditional forms of measurement of agricultural land.

How large is an acre and why is it that size ??

An acres measures 43,560 square feet, historically considered to be the amount of land that a man with an ox could plow in a day.  This area converts to one furlong (660 feet) in length by one chain (66 feet) in width.  The length resulted from the typically long strips of land worked by tenant farmers during medieval times.  Narrow strips of land resulted in more equitable distribution of soil types to a large number of people working small holdings.  This long and narrow orientation also gave the greatest number of people access to their food production in proximity to their mean hovels.  The furh lang refers to the long furrow in fields of this nature (it’s hard to turn an ox around if you’ve never done it) and the chain derives from a surveying tool of more recent origin, generally credited to clergyman Edmund Gunter who standardized land measurements for legal and commercial purposes around 1620.  So there you have it.

Answer the FARM FACT this Saturday 4/2 at our booth at South Kingstown Farmers Market to save 10% on your purchase of 100% grass-fed & dry aged beef raised

Respecting the Protein,


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