Gen and I purchased our own 1/4 section (160 acres) of land in the province of Saskatchewan, Canada late last summer. Since that time we have made many observations from the land. After a long winter of watching the suns path we decided on a site for the cabin/shop. We also decided to move camp closer to the work site, make a couple small gardens, and plant some trees.... for biodiversity and privacy sake.
Last winter was spent researching and coming up with a rough plan of our first goals.. those being: starting the cabin, planting some annual gardens, planting some evergreens and other varieties of trees, hand digging a well (hand auger style), starting a small mushroom farm and getting a basic idea of how our zone 1 will play out. After reading through most of Rob Roy's books I decided on a post and beam style, cordwood masonry cabin, and with his plans and some modifications we came up with our design. Early this spring we broke ground!
I also took to heart a lot of what Ben Falk had to say in his Book The Resilient Farm and Homestead, wow did that book help me get an idea of how to plan and design such a big project!
With my own knowledge of construction and landscaping combined with permies, books and family/friends, I believe we are off to a good start to the summer ahead! Here are some photos and such of our spring projects this year.
cordwood stacks in winter
future pond down from cabin site?
breaking ground while it was barely thawed
gravel and elevations
forms, rigid foam and rebar
the big pour with fam and friends
the curing floor
three cuts per end.. got em close to perfect after much practice
My lady building her cabin!
Did the side walls ourselves
Working it in the rain!
With friends anything is possible! even 15' up haha
figuring out rafter details
sod cutter rural annual gardens? experimental of course
"sod cutter swale"
planted with pines, larch, lilacs and field peas
new camp and first try at a junk-pole fence windbreak
wild oysters everywhere!
hanging out on the cabins new ridgepole
Our Provinces flower! the prairie lily
Our mini guard pig Theodore
Thanks! more to come from us as the prairie summer unfolds!