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Trace Oswald
Post     Subject: Starting a new homestead/permaculture farm but need help

Liz Leahey wrote:Thank you William, yes I definitely plan on having 2 huskies and maybe a donkey. Thank you!



I understand Husky lovers.  I have two of them in the family that will always have a Husky.  That said, and this is my opinion only, I don't think they are a good choice to protect your animals.  I've been around quite a few, and they have high prey drive and are more likely to kill your animals than protect them.  I would recommend a livestock guard breed, but I may be biased
Liz Leahey
Post     Subject: Starting a new homestead/permaculture farm but need help

Thank you William, yes I definitely plan on having 2 huskies and maybe a donkey. Thank you!
William Kellogg
Post     Subject: Starting a new homestead/permaculture farm but need help


You might consider getting some livestock guard animals to keep predators at bay-

Such as a Great Pyrenees, a donkey, a mule, a Llama,  and even a goose, or all of the above...
Liz Leahey
Post     Subject: Starting a new homestead/permaculture farm but need help

Hello there,

I have this dream of starting a homestead/permaculture farm on a specific 80 acre parcel of land up in Newberry, Michigan (Upper Peninsula). It is maybe a 10 minute drive from Newberry, and I am prepared to buy it, but I have one major problem, I have chronic illnesses and health problems that prevent me from being able to physically do the work myself.

So if I am to do this, I would need someone to help do much of the work.

I'm posting this as an opportunity to begin a permaculture farm from scratch. Once it is up and running in a few years time, then I will be ale to offer pay. At this time, literally all I will be able to do is offer free housing and utilities once we set that up.

Here are the main projects:
Set up 2 mini homes modified for Upper Peninsula climate
Get a water well drilled
Install septic system
Set up large year-round greenhouse
-within the green house have a section for 2 goats, rabbits, mini worm farm, and a chicken coop
Set up wind turbine electric system
Set up compost system

Depending on how much help we have, we may be able to set up some gardens to overwinter.
There will be many acres to set up a farm/orchard next summer and even some garden boxes done according to the JADAM/KNF methods.

Far in the future, I would like to create a production system for microbes/agricultural inputs according to the specifications in this article and also in this patent recipe:
Article: https://www.texasmonthly.com/news-politics/the-old-man-and-the-secret/
Patent: https://patents.google.com/patent/US2908113A/en

I also would like to eventually dig a deep enough area to start a pond for rainbow trout (depth needed so they don't freeze - and also set up a small cricket farm/snail farm for their food) and also set up a fenced area so we can leave animals outside without risk of bears or other predators attacking. I know fences are a little controversial but frankly, I want cats and I don't want them to be eaten by foxes etc. at night if they refuse to come in.

Dogs and cats and all animals are welcome.

I am not looking to socialize very much. I just want to live in peace on land with animals.
This is a pipe-dream of mine that has the chance to come true. If this might be a dream you would like to co-create, please let me know.

Thanks everyone.

Here's the property listing, if interested:
https://www.northernmichiganlandbrokers.com/pages/listings/details.php?mls=1129233