thomas rubino wrote:Hi Jimmy;Welcome to Permies!
Sounds like you have a good start on things there! Talk the wife out of goats and raise 3 piggys for 6 months...
They sure do taste good and you sell the other two to pay for yours!
I have done this for years and never lack for buyers.
Goats are OK . They are hard to keep in. They can destroy almost anything.
They do have fine milk and cheese!
Father in law's idea of cabin building sounds great! The saw milling part might be more than you want the kids around .
But the building part, the grand kids can help and grandpa gets to spend quality time with them!
Win Win for all.
Leigh Tate wrote:Jimmy, welcome to the Permies Forums!
I love reading about your place, your goals, and your plans. I agree that documenting is very important, especially photographs. Have you considered mapping out your dream homestead? Sort of a Master Plan? My husband and I found that visual tool to be a huge help as we planned and discussed possibilities.
I have to mention too, that my husband bought a small(ish) portable sawmill a couple of years ago and we have never regretted that purchase. He makes most of our lumber now, which has been a huge savings. Plus there's just something happy about building with your own lumber and timbers.
It will be interesting to follow along as you work toward your goals.
Jimmy Burt wrote:
My Grandparents ran a sawmill when I was growing up, of course it wasn't the bandsaw style, but I am familiar. They shut it down when I was in High School. My kids range from 12 to 22, and we have talked about building tiny houses around the property for the Kids to have their "own place" after they graduate. Our oldest is in College, but thankfully still lives at home, even though we see her sparsely with her school, work and social schedule. MY dream would be to have a small community around the place with the Kids having their tinies, and maybe a couple other friends/family joining us as well. But I am not sure how firmly the kids agree with that overall. I have studied aquaponics for a number of years, but never put it into practice thus far, and would love to setup a decent sized Greenhouse for aquaponics to grow part of our produce and fish.
Our Son (a Junior in HS) is working toward attending the Air Force Academy, and of course if he is successful in that, he would be away from the homestead for "a while" as he wants to do the Air Force as his Career, at least at this point (and for the last 10 years leading up to now).
My biggest challenge has been actually getting started. I have given lots of THOUGHT to what I want to do, now I just need to get started. The Chicken house is step one, now to build some momentum, and keep the moving forward.