As my itch to move grows more intense, I’ll be writing out my thoughts and ideas on how the farm will be designed. Obviously, these plans will change to fit the property once we know what we’re dealing with, but in the meantime it will serve to organize our priorities and maybe help someone else out there following the same path. Click the title to read more.
Road access: This is number one for the fact that if we can’t move materials onto the property, we’ll never be able to inhabit it.
Barn: I make this number two because it will be needed to house any building materials, feed, and equipment for the farm. It may also provide temporary shelter to the humans and livestock.
Fence: I’d like the livestock to stay in, and the wild critters to stay out.
Underground PVC Lines/Cisterns: All underground work needs to be done before building unless we can find a cheap line boring machine to rent.
Community Building: Main leisure and living structure. May provide temporary shelter while residence structures are built.
Resident structures: Where everyone calls home and sleeps.
Water Catchment: As roofing is put up, we build water catchment to help with watering animals, gardens, and ourselves.
Greywater Systems: Water can have more than one life.
Humanure System: Disposing of waste in a non-polluting way.
Landscape Design: Decisions on any terraforming to make the best use of the land.
Greenhouse: Let’s grow food without bugs.
Hydro/Aquaponics: Maybe even without dirt.
Kitchen: James and I want a proper kitchen with room for canning, dehydrating, and freeze drying, and some business options. May or may not be on-site depending on legalities.
Root Cellar: Place to store food and take shelter during tornadoes.
Power Generation: Reduce our dependency on the grid and reduce our costs as well.