Assumptions that I will make are:
(1) You are a family of four, husband, wife and two children.
(2) You and/or your wife are employed full time.
(3) Gardening is a therapy, but you enjoy the benefits of growing your own produce, financially and quality.
(4) You have space available for gardening activities, including composting.
In my opinion, what you will need is:
(1) You will need approximately a 20 cubic ft freezer or equivalent Ball/Mason jars and associated equipment.
(2) I assume that you have two vehicles. One should be a pick-up truck or at least one should be equipped for towing a utility trailer. To be used for transporting, free compost, manures (horse boarding, racetrack or zoos, to name a few?) or removing unwanted debris (should be minimal).
(3) My boss when I was employed once asked me, when vegetables were so cheap, why did I bother gardening? My reply was, every time I pulled a weed, I thought of him (he did not know it at the time, but I was being truthful). If you use the price/lb for any vegetable at the produce dept, I would save enough from the harvest from one vegetable to pay for the seeds and fertilizer for the entire garden. In addition, mine looked better and had much better taste.
(4) In my opinion, If you use SFGing style, you will need app. an area about 20’ X 70’ for a family of four for a full years worth of vegetables. Also an area about 10’X 50’ for composting, based on a ½ acre lot with an average amount of garden, landscaping and trees. This area could very greatly based on the vegetables you decide to grow.
A few people tend to over complicate gardening. In addition, I think that many of them never did any gardening they just read textbooks. They are probably turning many young people off from gardening by there implied complexity. I strongly believe in NIKE’S slogan “Just Do It” and any corrections should be small. Also, keep checking the many gardening forums for help.
Any comments, additions or corrections, positive or negative will be appreciated.