Our garden area is currently 525 sq. ft. fenced, we also currently house our chickens in that area as well. We hope to start our with four Hugelkultur beds for planting next Spring. Our average annual rainfall is about 13" and average annual snowfall about 43". The Black Forest Slash and Mulch is approximately 25 miles from my home. I do not feel badly "importing" wood and mulch from there because I did and will volunteer each time. Working for a great cause is never a bad thing, even if it does not benefit one directly, although this time and in the future it will benefit us directly. In addition, since where we live on the Eastern plains where there are few to no trees, it is a given that we will have to import trees, bushes, mulch, etc. to establish our property. We just moved to this property in June and it was 40 acres of grassland with a house; one mature and half a dozen immature Aspen trees on it; and a seasonal arroyo; it is a blank slate. We are literally starting our homestead from scratch. There several of bushy outcroppings around the arroyo, but I would not disturb those as they are bird and bunny habitats. There are several meadow areas, and there is some moisture in the arroyo, although in out drought situation, we will have to rely on groundwater for our gardening until our beds are established. We have since added cross fencing for out livestock, a fenced garden/chicken area, an 84'X24' barn/with hay storage for our horses and donkeys, and two sizable sheds, one for the garden and one for my husband's tools and his reloading area. We do not have the equipment necessary to grow, tet, and bale our own alfalfa or hay. We are hoping that through hugelkultur we will be able to grow much of our own food and introduce some type of food forest. Our animals will be managed through rotational grazing once we add a bit more cross-fencing. We will most likely always need to bring in hay, but for the first time in the 20 years of owning horses, we will not have to purchase hay except for the winter months.