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Starting Permaculture Farm 21 acres

 
jay ruff
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My family and just bought 21 acres and we are setting up the permaculture farm. I have been up there for 2 months trying to get it going. Property is really thick with vegetation. Have most of zone one cleared out , I got a alaskan mill so I am milling the trees into lumber for projects.
We are in Butte County in the foothills outside of Oroville.
Anyone around here doing the same thing?
 
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jay ruff wrote:Property is really thick with vegetation.

Sounds great

jay ruff wrote:Have most of zone one cleared out

..erm....
 
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Howdy Jay, welcome to permies!

So tell me more about your plans for the place.

Have any pictures to post?
 
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jay ruff wrote: Have most of zone one cleared out


I'd just concentrate on Zone 1 the first year to observe what happens on the rest of it before doing more clearing.

I envy you your thick vegetation.

 
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I've got an offer on 31 acres, for this purpose, I should have an answer in two weeks.
 
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Thanks for the welcome. Here are some pics, the clearing is a little bigger now, which will be zone 1. We are setting up the hydro ram pump soon once we dig a pond area above zone 1. We have 2 goats so far and chickens.
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lumber I milled with alaskan mill and zone one I have been clearing
 
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I think you will find that your dump truck is a little undersized....hahaha!

Looks nice, how long have you "known" the property, and been able to get to know it? Just the two months or more?

Just remember, the trees don't go back in zone one as nice as they get cut out.....leave plenty that can be decided on later....
 
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I have a GMC 4000 3 ton truck , but it is 27 feet long and hard to move it around the property. The F 150 holds more rocks than the backhoe so that what I use.

I grew up in this area as a kid to 18 so I know it well. The property I have only known for 2 months. I want to plant fruit trees and and a lot of veggiies. I am clearing brush ( manzanita ) only dropped 2 live pines so far.
 
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You guys have permaculture set up? How long have you been doing it?
I will take some updated pics today. I am up there 7 days a week so in the 2 - 3 months I have had the property I am getting to know the grounds pretty well. There is a old stamp mill at the creek, and a old cabin foundation at the upper part in elavation. We have found 2 coyote traps so far. Next project is the pond and the hydro ram pump and I also have to work on the 5th wheel we bought, I am going to build a extension onto it for wife and I bedrrom and the living room area, Kids will have the 5th wheel.
 
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Sorry that was a to tonka truck joke........
 
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LOL oh there was a tonka truck in the pic haha!
 
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Here is some updated pics of zone 1.
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Thanks for the pictures Jay! Looks like you have a great spot there. I look forward to watching and hearing about your progress!
 
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Hi Jay,

My husband and I have 8 acres in Oroville, near the lake. We started not quite a year and a half ago fixing the house up, getting 1 1/2 acres fenced, setting up our initial gardens, putting in a couple of swales with fruit trees and chickens. We inherited some ducks and rabbits so they are part of our homestead mix now. This year we are building a workshop, adding more garden beds and swales, starting a food forest and fixing our fireplace in the front room (along with replacing some old, old single pane windows). Although it was a mild winter, it still gets cold - we are slowing moving from one room of the house to the next replacing windows and insulating.

Take care, Anne
 
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Hi Anne.
Glad to hear there is another family doing permaculture thats great. Our property is up off black bart rd. I am up there every day trying to get it started. Should have the whole family moved up in around a month I hope.
We have 2 goats and a lot of chickens so far. Im putting in gates today , have to finish milling some lumber today then I will attempt to build and install in a day if i have the time.
This weekend we are going to plant some winter veggies.
Have a nice one , Jay Ruff
 
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