September 2015
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Where Do I Start?

How did it start?
Nine years ago our family moved from a suburban home with an HOA to a farm. Mind you the farm is still in the middle of the suburbs but nonetheless it is a farm. We live on three acres that are zoned agricultural and there is no HOA. There are horses and cows at the end of the street. We have chickens, fish, and cats. We also have many predators – hawks, owls, foxes, raccoons, opossums, snakes, coyotes, snakes, deer, and pet dogs to name a few. Just last night we heard a pack of coyotes that had found themselves a meal.

Our property was once part of a 90 acre farm. In the 1970’s, it was divided up into smaller parcels but kept the agricultural zoning. When we first moved here, the previous owners had done their best to turn it into a typical suburban property with a yard and landscaping. We have spent the past nine years converting it back to a farm.

Where are we now?
Today we are still early on the path to turning our property back into a productive farm. I resisted for the first couple of years, but then the gardening bug got me. Over time I kept adding more and more projects. You can do a lot with three acres and not too many rules. The projects we’ve done over the years include:

• Vegetable garden
• Perennials
• Kiwi
• Blackberries
• Fruit and Nut Trees
• Food Storage
• Watch Catchment and Storage
• Composting
• Worm Composting
• Aquaponics
• Tilapia
• Hoop house
• Chickens
• Chicken Tractor
• Chicken Coop and Run
• Composting with Chickens
• Black Soldier Fly Larvae
• Energy Efficiency
• Battery Backup
• Solar Panels
• Solar Water Heater
• Solar Oven
• Wood-Burning Fireplace Insert
• Biodiesel
• Swale
• Permaculture

Yeah we’ve been busy. I will do my best to share these past experiences and the lessons learned. It will take a while because there have been so many projects. Hopefully over time I can get all of it documented on this blog. If readers want information on a certain topic from this list, I’ll focus there first so send me your requests in the comments.

What lies ahead?
In the past couple years, my son and I have gotten very interested in permaculture. There will be more on that later but we think it is extremely cool. Going forward, we plan to continue to develop the property into a productive farm with a focus on permaculture. We will share the future progress in the blog while documenting the past projects. I hope you will subscribe and follow along. Please share your questions or experiences in the comments. And thank you for reading!

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