Joshua Myrvaagnes wrote:
What are your top three desires in having this place? Fresh food? food independence? the company of animals? care of the earth? reducing carbon or petroleum footprints? community? prosperity?
These are good questions that we never asked ourselves. This move was just a other step in how we want to live our lives and a continuation of what we've been doing . Much like switching to reusable water bottles , to help cut down in the amount of stuff i have to take to the dump . Or starting to can food because we grew too much to eat fresh. Or saving seeds so I dont have to buy them.
So what were we doing? We used to live on a third of an acre at 4500 ft surrounded by huge cedars, firs and pines . Its a very dryenvironment. For the first few years we spent a lot of time and energy watering ,weeding and amending . And no matter how much we watered , it was still very dry. Then about 5 years I started building hugel beds throughout the yard , turned a few small drainage ditches into swales . Virtually stoped "weeding"and started to chop and drop most everthing ....
... on June 1st of this year we moved out . Despite not watering anything this year . The yard was lush and green. All of our neighbors still have dry dusty hillsides.
We just want to expand on that here . We're not attempting to be self sufficient , but we're slowly headed in that direction. We want a huge garden for both enjoyment of it , and to know where our food comes from. Aside from always having a pack of dogs , neither if us have any animal experience. But we now have space for them so I'm sure at some point we will.
So answer the question , all of the above . Clean air , room breath and make some noise , space to work , fresh food and freedom.