2018 Goals:

  • Finish installing our new rainwater-fed irrigation system, with supplemental ram pump. Now that the cedar shingle roof of the barn is done, it's time to start putting all of that rainwater to use! During the 2018 season, we'll be building big sturdy racks in our barn to hold the rainwater cisterns; gutters and rainwater catchment system to filter out debris and carry rainwater to the cisterns; and irrigation lines to carry the water to our raised beds, row crops, and orchard.
  • Expand our farming operation with additional raised beds, tilled rows, and fruit trees. 
  • Add stonework with a lime mortar to the walls of the barn. The next step for our barn is to mask off the rammed tire stem wall with a stone fascia, done with a lime mortar.

 Typical day-to-day tasks:

  • Gardening/landscape work: it all begins when we start our seedlings in our greenhouse and cold frames, early in the year. We then prep raised beds and till rows, plant out our seedlings, water, weed, mulch, care for our fruit trees, keep the lawn mowed, and harvest and process herbs and vegetables. Halfway through the summer, we convert our greenhouse into a drying room for both wild and cultivated herbs.
  • Natural building work: in previous years, our interns have participated in rammed tire construction; traditional timber framing; use of both hand and power tools; and heavy lifting.

Completed Projects:

  • Put in a 800 ft gravel driveway with loop
  • Laid the rammed tire foundation and raised platform for the barn, completed the timber frame and finished the white cedar staggered shingle roof
  • Built mobile, off-grid tiny home 
  • Planted 150+ fruit trees and berry bushes: sea buckthorn, apples, pears, peaches, plums, cherries, apricots, mulberries, blackberries, raspberries, gooseberries, blueberries, aronia berry, black walnut, currants, and hazelberts.
  • Tilled guilds around our trees to use as vegetable/herb garden beds
  • Installed 14 raised beds
  • Built greenhouse and 3 cold frames 
  • Installed deer fence around the orchard