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Hello all. My family took the plunge for a lot of reasons. I will be posting up a lot of questions soon about all the issues related to taking care of this land and bringing diversity and life back to it. Just wanted to say hi from Days Creek/ Canyonville OR on our permaculture small homestead farm in progress. Here is a tentative very broad schedule of what we are hoping to do off the top of my head:

Year 1) Learn as much as I can about the land, weather, community, wildlife, and vegetation in the area. Think on the different permaculture zones from the house outwards. Get some garden boxes going for fall crops. Get some sheep (4-6 to start) and chickens (8-12) to start mowing the grass in a rotational paddock system (about 2 usable acres). Plan out the water systems of ponds and swales. Have the local soil and water district pro to review my plans.

Year 2) Implement small pond and hugelkultur (had to google the spellling) bed by our shallow well (help with low water levels during peak droughts?). Start planting some vigourous trees along the fence lines perhaps? Develop a game plan for keeping the deer from killing the fruit forests (bone sauce?) before they get established. Get some bees.

Year 3) Implement larger ponds (gleying with pigs?), swales, permaculture fruit forests. Build some hugelkultur beds. Maybe add a couple of goats to the rotating paddocks to help keep blackberries in check.

I will try add photos along with my guesses on plant identification as I am starting out.
 
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Daniel Johnson wrote:Hello all. My family took the plunge for a lot of reasons. I will be posting up a lot of questions soon about all the issues related to taking care of this land and bringing diversity and life back to it. Just wanted to say hi from Days Creek/ Canyonville OR on our permaculture small homestead farm in progress. Here is a tentative very broad schedule of what we are hoping to do off the top of my head:

Year 1) Learn as much as I can about the land, weather, community, wildlife, and vegetation in the area. Think on the different permaculture zones from the house outwards. Get some garden boxes going for fall crops. Get some sheep (4-6 to start) and chickens (8-12) to start mowing the grass in a rotational paddock system (about 2 usable acres). Plan out the water systems of ponds and swales. Have the local soil and water district pro to review my plans.

Year 2) Implement small pond and hugelkultur (had to google the spellling) bed by our shallow well (help with low water levels during peak droughts?). Start planting some vigourous trees along the fence lines perhaps? Develop a game plan for keeping the deer from killing the fruit forests (bone sauce?) before they get established. Get some bees.

Year 3) Implement larger ponds (gleying with pigs?), swales, permaculture fruit forests. Build some hugelkultur beds. Maybe add a couple of goats to the rotating paddocks to help keep blackberries in check.

I will try add photos along with my guesses on plant identification as I am starting out.



WELCOME! Check out our local group (just getting started) https://www.facebook.com/groups/848094135279407/
 
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Thanks for the information everyone. I would definitely like to connect with more permies minded folks in the area.
 
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