Marco Banks wrote:If it were me, and I were just trying to get the lay of the land for a couple of years, I'd invest in portable infrastucture rather than buildings and large equipment. Watch everything of Joel Salatin that you can. He's got all kinds of great ideas regarding chicken tractors, egg mobiles, electric fencing (for pigs, chickens, turkeys, etc.) and even portable water stations.
Portable cages and fencing is scalable, allowing you to grow your business and homestead at a pace you are comfortable with. If you've got a small number of animals, or if you've got a large herd, you can adjust accordingly.
Best of luck with your new project!
R Scott wrote:First of all, that doesn't sound like FROM SCRATCH. Mostly for the better, but I am sure there are already things you would have built different.
If it were me, assuming working off the homestead or savings so you don't need income asap, I would focus on the kitchen garden and house and OBSERVE.
Second the salatin portable approach to everything, at least initially.
Rob Kaiser wrote:What projects do you take on first when attempting to build a homestead from scratch?
Approximately 50 feet away, there is a 64' x 40' pole barn.
There is a small, finished space inside the pole barn, 15' x 40'.
Water and electricity have been run to the inside of this space...
...but unfortunately are not accessible outside of the barn.
Its easy to 't" off the water line that goes into the barn. The problem is having to find the water line going in. Plan to hand dig a lot.
...which is what this post is about. What's FIRST on your list when it comes to building a homestead?
Chickens in a portable coop and consider locations for fruit nut trees. Summer is a great time to purchase used hoop houses for cheap. You can buy a 200 foot long one and only put up 50 feet if thats all you want. Wait till fall and sell/barter the rest for your original price. (Sell 50 foot sections at a higher profit to support homestead projects.
What projects do you take on first when attempting to build a homestead from scratch?
You have half a homestead already. Just build on your existing infrastructure. I would also consider a ram pump below the pond to pump water up to livestock area.. Or back to pond for areation..