It has been quite some time since I’ve posted. I sincerely apologize becuase I’ve seen a lot of y’all sign up for notifications, so far only to be disappointed by my lackluster effort to post updates on my homesteading extravaganza. While I have been having amazing times and great learning experiences, y’all have been all but blacked out from what is going on!
First off let me summarize my last year since my most recent post ( August 2013 ) .
I have was in a relationship (me as in Joel Hanger – creator of this blog). We went our separate ways and I continued learning and endeavoring in self sufficiency. So far my exeperiences now encompass:
Failed winter gardening
Permaculture establishment utilizing Agriscaping (iagriscape.com)
Adventures in thermal engineering via M.I.T. opencourseware.
Goat Milk production (EXCELLENT Flavor too!)
Sheep/Lambs including slaughter, rendering of fat for soap making, and hide curing experience.
While not all of it has been as successful as I desire I wanted to get this out there so y’all could know that we’re still alive and kicking and there’s a LOT of goals going on for this year as well as things accomplished already for this year.
Some of the goals include moving the swamp cooler to a more effective location, including thermal cooling to try to make energy more efficient in this terribly insulated mobile home…
Tiny dome home (tinydomehome.com) for me and my children while I finish paying off my 20 acres and begin turning that into an oasis paradise in the valley of gehena!!!
- Side note – the dome is ~310 sq feet and will cost less than $1000 … tiny homes eat your heart out on costs!!!!
Small creek with gazebo and small wading pool + pollen attracting non-edible garden over the septic drain field.
- Note this includes several nice sized waterfalls for efficient water aeration for the fish touting pond.
Large chicken coup for the free ranging chickens, turkeys, and peafowl that we have.
Large chicken coup for the meat/egg producing chickens (jersey giant / leghorn cross).
Outside kitchen composed of a slaughter/buther area for easy slaughter and cutting up of meats, aquaponics herb garden bed, and firebrick oven with rocket stove tops + gas stove tops hoepfully powered by biogass generation.
SOooooo essentially the works cut out for us, but getting it done is a whole nother story.
Soooo the last year in summary is:
We’ve gotten 2 peacock eggs, incubated them and they’re growing, 1 peacock, 1 peahen, 17 turkeys of heirloom breeds of royal palm, kentucky bourban, and narraganset. We got have 3 peafowl eggs incubating, 20 duck eggs incubating currently and 30 lbs (2 gallons) of white wine fermenting. Our friends needed help with their vines, they have 160lbs (18 gallons) fermenting of red grape wine…. Going to be a productive year, even though our vine all but died…..
Anyway… there’s more to tell but i don’t intend to beleaguer you any more! shalom!