*Below there are links to my interview with Diego Footer from Permaculture Voices, as well as our WEBSITE, and links to all of our social media pages so you can see in depth what we have had going on! Come follow along, add me on Facebook to see day to day operations around the homestead.*
Alright so it has been a crazy busy year! HOLY S&%t! 1 year ago this week, we were putting an offer on the land we are now farming. We started the moving of the farms in late September, and we still have things we left behind that we would like to still get here, like our tiny home for starters...
We put in a 1/4 acre No-Till market garden, which has been producing tables of produce since the 22nd of May. We made it to the first week of market this spring, with having nothing but 2' tall grass and a mat of roots in late March when the grounds thawed. We took it in one season and made it the best garden I have ever had, with big thanks to landscape fabric and fully automated drip irrigation. I worked my ass off over the winter to save the money to invest a few grand into the garden. The lack of weeds and the extra time gained from not having to water has allowed my wife and I to produce twice as much food as we ever have, on less actual work. We have outgrown our niche market at our 1 farmers market, and are now looking at all possibilities to sell our extra produce around town.
It is a very bright beacon of hope, that this farming thing could really work out. Its just until the farm is producing enough to live off, I need to continue running my construction company. I cant be on the farm full time until then.
I have planted about 25 fruittrees that I ordered from Greg and Susan Burns of Natures Image Farm. And I plan on planting several hundred trees this fall and next spring.
I don't plan on doing too much earth works at this point, as the land features really don't call for it, so I am not going to waste money on it.
Our property is on the edge of a very fertile floodplain, with a river on the back edge. I plan on doing fish ponds as well as polyculture food forest throughout the rest of the 10 acres that we are not doing the market garden on. Though I have been catching good size bass, blue gill, perch and bowfin every time I have fished in the river this summer. So if that keeps up I may just not even bother with fish ponds and op instead for just using the floodplain to grow fruit and nut crops for storage and market.
The goal is to be working from home and starting our family by 2022. I will be 33... But better late than never, and for us its better to raise our kids on farm than it is for me to have to go to work every single day. But we have a ton of work to do in the meantime, lots of plantings, a couple swales, we have to have a natural swimming pool really soon, and possibly a levy in the future.
Please stay tuned in and follow along with our story, its turning into a pretty exciting, fulfilling ride, and we want to invite you all to come along.