harrison camp wrote:I just bought 8 acres that is just 2 miles away from our current home. We do not plan to build for a few years but I want to start as much of the prep work as possible on my own.
We will not be true homesteaders. We will both have full time jobs. We want to make use of the land as best we can with out it costing much time or money. (food forest, small garden, chickens, maybe goats, a couple out buildings, etc...)
There is currently nothing but a forest on the land. We will need a well, septic and a driveway. My issue is what is the "order of operation"?
What can I do in the next few years to make the process cheaper and easier? Should i focus on clearing land for the driveway and home site? When do I get a perc test and put in a well? Do I need an exact house site or is an approximation good enough for now?
Should I start developing a food forest?
I do not have much experience but am not a complete dunce. I have and can use a chainsaw. I plan on getting a bigger one as well. We currently have chickens and a small garden where we live now but want to expand some with extra privacy and play/experimental space.
Any advise on Books or a simple step by step guide for what to do first would be most appreciated.
harrison camp wrote:Thanks for the reply. I will check out the video. Earthworks are something I know little about. Any book recommendations?
We live in middle Tennessee on the Cumberland plateau.
My land is pretty flat with no water features. It is completely wooded.