Jimmy Burt wrote:
My Grandparents ran a sawmill when I was growing up, of course it wasn't the bandsaw style, but I am familiar. They shut it down when I was in High School. My kids range from 12 to 22, and we have talked about building tiny houses around the property for the Kids to have their "own place" after they graduate. Our oldest is in College, but thankfully still lives at home, even though we see her sparsely with her school, work and social schedule. MY dream would be to have a small community around the place with the Kids having their tinies, and maybe a couple other friends/family joining us as well. But I am not sure how firmly the kids agree with that overall. I have studied aquaponics for a number of years, but never put it into practice thus far, and would love to setup a decent sized Greenhouse for aquaponics to grow part of our produce and fish.
Our Son (a Junior in HS) is working toward attending the Air Force Academy, and of course if he is successful in that, he would be away from the homestead for "a while" as he wants to do the Air Force as his Career, at least at this point (and for the last 10 years leading up to now).
My biggest challenge has been actually getting started. I have given lots of THOUGHT to what I want to do, now I just need to get started. The Chicken house is step one, now to build some momentum, and keep the moving forward.
Jimmy Burt wrote:
Welcome, and it sounds like you have exciting times ahead. I look forward to your progress and posts. Best wishes on your journey!
We live just outside of Tulsa, OK, on 5 acres, with another 40 acres of raw land about 3/4 mile away. The 40 is bordered by a creek, but the land is low. We may dig a pond there (or a couple ponds) and use the removed soil to build up a raised area for a structure.
We are gathering our materials to start our first aquaponics system, with plans to have it producing before winter. We will initially build a hoop house over the system. The hoop house will be completed after the Aquaponics is completed and operational first. The Hoop house likely will not be enough, alone, to get the system through the winter, but we plan to put a Rocket Mass Heater in while building the hoop house to get us through this winter. By next winter I plan to have a better insulated (more energy efficient) permanent Greenhouse built. At the least we expect to get some season extension this winter, and an earlier start next spring on our growing with the Hoop house.
I have lurked for a couple years now. There is definitely a lot of knowledge shared on the forums.
Again, best wishes on your journey!
Zachary Carpacian wrote:Congrats on your move Michael, I hope your house sale goes through without any hiccups! You've got us beat with those whopping .14 acres though, we're currently on .08
The universe seems to have a similar plan for us well! We moved to our current home 8 years ago for diversity and convenience, and of course being close to our friends and family. Since the pandemic struck we saw everything anchoring us here crumble away. With no real advantages in staying, the advantages in moving out to the cut became even more apparent to us. We were going to wait until our kiddo was in middle school before pursuing our homesteading dream, but the universe lit a fire under our butts, so away we go!