Raising oats, barley or sorghum does not require a large space. A 20 x 55 foot plot will raise all the oats a family of four needs in an entire year. It does require attention but much less than the average sized vegetable garden.
Type Seed/Acre Land Needed Oats 80 lb 10' x 62' Barley 100 lb 10' x 87' Rye 84 lb 10' x 145'
Oats are highest protein of all grains. They need cool moist climates and cannot handle drought. Rye tolerates poor soil, cold, damp, and drought. Barley requires a long cool ripening season with moderate moisture.