This is a great book for starting your own small garden. I recommend trying some of these small-scale ideas before you decide to Homestead.
The hardest part for me is to keep the critters from eating all the food I grow...
I am happiest with my dwarf apple and pear Trees... and my blueberry bushes.
The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre - $ 11.35