Hanford's Half-size Happy Ranch
3HR for short, we had a urban homestead in Western Washington. Family obligations have instilled a need to relocate. With my usual diligence, and vast amounts of time spent searching I found a suitable location. We made an offer on a 2 acre parcel and have now moved to waiting for final funding. The site will put us about middle between my grandmother and our camping property.
My grandmother is so happy we will be closer. I moved out here from Wyoming, after my other grandmother asked when I was going to come home to take care of her. Never a moments hesitation, I packed everything including my horse, goat, and guinea hens. Moved in with her and cared for her till it was time for nursing home. Life continues, met a great woman (pure city girl). And grandmother calls, grandpa is going down hill and she can't do it alone. I leave home 1am in a snow storm crossing the pass, to put Grandma to bed and take care of grandpa. I care for both till he passes, then her for another month. So I have always been there for them.
Then two babies, remodeling a house and building a urban homestead with multiple income streams. We are up rooting it all to be closer to family.
The new home, 2 acres of semi-flat river front property. 1400sq of of house in need of remodel, three sources of water well, irrigation, and river. A barn, large shed, and small shed, with large fenced pasture. Mature walnut trees, and my wife is in love.
She has it all planned, first is me retiring. So that I can complete all the planting, canning, home schooling, and any other tasks she comes up with.
We have a YouTube channel and I will be starting a website chronicle of our adventures. But it all is here on permies before anything else.
Well we have moved further on the path. Appraisal is back, we are officially not in a flood zone. The property has 220' of riverfront, but there is two sets of benches up to where the house is located. Placing the entire property out of the flood zone. With the large flooding and water levels last year in Oroville, still didn't even get close on this property. The first bench is right at the waters edge, the second is about 10 feet above the river. With the ability to pump water out of the river I'm thinking cattails and wild rice in a pond wet land area that drains back to the river. But till we are on site for a while, nothing is definite. We will be building at least 2 ponds, and planting 60+ fruit trees along with the mature but trees we will be off to a good start.
We are not going to be on site till the 8th but then we will do a full walk through with pics and videos. As we start the clean up, And initial plans. We are going to spend several weeks before doing anything but clean and move in. Then after settling, we will push forward with plans. There is a lot already on site, and we are going to be looking at geese and some sheep maybe just to eat down the grass.
And... See if we can get Paul Weaton to come out and do a site assessment. But I have not laid the gauntlet down yet.
Kids are so excited we are going to be on the river. Every weekend is are we going to our new house yet? My son has been really missing the garden. But now he's planning on planting apple trees.
Our new tractor, cat 0 3pt. Have several implements, single tooth ripper, middle buster, plow, grading blade looking to buy a set of pallet forks. I have found a company that builds a well made box scraper.
Figured to sell the rototiller, use the money to buy the box scraper. Found a local place that rents a small excavator. Now just figure out the earth works plan. I want at least 3 ponds, and no problem filling them. We can pump water direct from the river.
Satellite view of the new place, lots of large walnuts. Can't see most of the buildings, but the irritated pasture is prominent in the view. Trying to figure wether to do swales or not. I want to do Savannah style tree cropping with chikens and cows in alley ways. Also want to incorporate 2-3 ponds. This sit is to be zone 1-3 with the other zones at our 40 acre property an hour away.
Watering the new prickly pear catus today and Tracy found a pad cut off. Then I drove up on the tractor and there was a tortoise in the pasture. Of all the things we never thought to find. Looks like a pet that was let go or lost. But he has made his home in our field.
We had our consult, it was great having Paul and Jocelyn out to the house. Spent some time walking around our 2 acres chatting. Then we made a podcast, first time ever doing a recording. The cows were delivered, but we got 5 now. Already have him sold the bull will be around for a few months on our great pasture, then on to the butcher. We are now raising Dexter cattle.
Fun times, well pump went out. Furnace stopped working, and the breaker box started arcing. Three bad well pumps later and 3 week's without water. The ponds worked great for flushing the toilet. New water storage in the basement 60g of fresh water. it's a good thing we always have back up plans, wasn't much disturbance other than showers. We already had backup heat, and a secondary water pump.
The barrels setup in the basement for water as we were working on the well. Once the cellar is done they will be moved there and moved higher for better gravity feed. Also going to put a Schrader adapter on and use a bike pump, or our battery powered pump to pressurize the system. Which has worked well so far.
This system has been cheap and effective, worked great for our time without running water. We had all the 3/4 pipe from the basement.