Moved here a little over a year ago. Wanting to raise chicken, pigs and cows. Wanting to build a beehive or two, a moveable chicken coop or two like the "Chicken tractor on steroids", and possibly a box for soldier flys, if I'm not in too cold of a climate. Wanting to slow down the water using rain barrels and swales to establish a food forest. Wanting to eventually build a wofati with a rocket mass heater. Wanting a rocket mass heater for the chicken coop during the winter.
Lots of wants and not a lot of progress, yet. Guess I could blame the child we're raising... but it's probably just cause I tend to be more of a thinker than a "doer". Maybe I'll change that soon. I hope so.
What do you all think should be the top priority? Catching the rain from the roof in barrels with overflows directed to (currently nonexistent) swales? The movable chicken coop, cause we have a few chickens freeranging, but sleeping in a nasty coop that hasn't been cleaned well all winter? I do already have electric chicken fence with a solar panel and battery, so I just have to build the coop itself. Is this just something I have to figure out myself, based on what I want most?
It really bothers me that the chickens I'm raising aren't in ideal conditions. If I had a moveable chicken coop, the winter coop could at least get some "rest" to reduce the nasty. I guess my big problem is I hate to do something not as good as possible. Really regret not waiting to get the chickens. I helped fund the permaculture chickens kickstarter (and the recent RMH one), and don't want to wait until I get the movie and ebook. Here's something to creator posted recently: http://abundantpermaculture.com/chicken-housing-that-works-5-brilliant-ways/
Love this idea of building something like this:
Just don't want to wait til he releases the plans. Anyone know of plans out there for something similar? No old trailer to work with like Geoff Lawton (plus no welder or welding experience). No wood working experience either, but I want to learn wood more than welding.
Wanting to start some good permaculture plants. Thinking nitrogen fixing plants good for sandy soil. Sea Buckthorn trees and shrubs seem well suited. Maybe Russian and Autumn Olives? Jerusalem Artichoke? Indian Breadroot? Comfrey?
Where do you all recommend buying cuttings for the plants from, considering where I'm located? Maybe even some place I could get all the above from, to reduce shipping costs?