I'm Andre, a single 26 yo male with a huge passion for nature and sustainable living. I currently reside in Southern California (Ventura) working for my family's manufacturing company but i would like to set out on my own path and start a farm on the family property which is located in the Western Sierra Foothills. The property consists of 50 acres of gentle rolling hills and a communal lake that is shared with several other properties. The property was used for cattle ranching but as of now, it is vacant and could use some regenerative farming practices to bring it to the beautiful oasis i have been dreaming of.
I would really like to set out with a team of passionate hard working individuals working towards the same goal of creating an abundant food forest in the middle of what seems to be a food desert.
i have many ideas of how i would like to manage the land but i would like to hear what you might have to offer.
i know i am leaving many details out but for now i really just want to see if this sparks anyone's interest.
If this interest you at all, reply with a short introduction of yourself and we will see if we can make some magic happen.
Observe and make a earthworks design for the entire site, with lots of rows of swales on contour.
Then I would try and increase the amount of carbon in the soil
Biochar, woodchip, straw - grass clipping, depressions filled with logs (inverted hugelkulture) and regular hugelkultures.
Next I would try to increase the soil life, manure/compost, mushroom slurries,
I would them cover the site with 90% legumes (dutch clover, regular clover, alfalfa, etc,etc) I would also add adler it also fixes alot of Nitrogen.
While the entire site is getting an upgrade, I would focus intensively on just 1 acre, planting out 180 trees (Fruit/nuts) at 15ft centers.
You can have a shallow swale infront of each 'row' of trees, that extend outside the '1-acre', have all of those extended swales funneling water into the core 1acre.
I would also get 3 warre bee hive, with a once a year, start of season visit to split hives to restart the hive that died (odds are you will get a 33% death rate).
That is also time to harvest all 3 hives, after they have made it thru winter and nectar flow is coming from wild flowers and they need space.
I possible I would build a aquaponic greenhouse, remove 4 trees to get a 15ft by 45ft greenhouse.
I like the idea of grow bed(1), then walkway(A), then grow bed (2), then walkway(B), then grow bed(3). Each of them 3ft.
The grow beds are actually 3ft deep and wide swales that have a pond liner then filled with water and fish, the excavated dirt is the walkway. And above the swales you have tables with grow media and vegetables.
I would also grow oyster and wine cap mushroom in the greenhouse area in hanging burlap 'towers'.
If you are going to visit weekly, You could try a super animal proof chicken coop with a automatic feeder, then just come and harvest weekly (eggs+meat chicken+manure), and refill/check (water, battery, straw, feed, baby chicks?)
So with vegetables, honey, eggs, chicken, fish, herbs, fruiting shrubs/canes harvest able the 1st 12months and with the nut+fruit trees in the ground with fruits possible in 2 to 4years, you would be looking good.
Thanks for the input, i actually have a very similar idea in mind.
My biggest obstacles are acquiring funds for a project of that scale and also finding labor or building a team whom is willing to put in the work.
Check out Joe Salatins You Can Farm and successional grazing in addition to what was posted. We are looking at doing this in the foothills as well in the near future. Old post, hope all has been well. The grazing will amp things up.