Posted by: LittleDragonFarm | November 11, 2011

still looking…

well we have been talking to a gentleman about farming his land and turning it into an intentional community using sustainable methods as well as age-old proven ways of farming and raising animals prior to the invention of chemical ways and means. However he seems to be more interested in playing “God” rather than actually getting things done.  It’s very frustrating to be honest.  We have also noticed that he is looking at a few young folks fresh out of college (his words were that they have the academic credentials in bio dynamics to back them up- my response was we have 2 biology majors and a geologist plus a mechanical engineer and over 30 years experience combined so to us that was a non issue)) any how in this case age and experience has lost to youth and enthusiasm. (we are older than most starting a community being in age from 7 to 50 years old) So back to learning and planning so that we can try again when the opportunity arises.

Although we have been talking to this person and planning what needed to be done if we did get this chance we have not been idle in learning about things we can do.  We are bartering bead making classes for Angora rabbits so that we can spin and use the fiber from their fur for clothing and scarves etc.. these are not meat rabbits but they are fiber sources such as sheep are fiber sources.  We are also learning about alpacas as a second fiber source as well as beast of burden; light burdens that is. They are very sturdy animals but are also very easy to get along with as well.

Other than the animals we have been looking at home building techniques such as cobb housing. So in order to get a good understanding of cob housing we are going to try it on the hen-house to see if that is a good method for housing.  One family is going the way of the yurt and we are having to decide what we would like to do.  We may do the yurt as well until we can make more permanent housing, at least when we find the land 🙂

So for right now its back to looking, learning and doing bc even though we have only 1 acre of land it has as much going on as 10 and gets very temperamental if you neglect it.

 

 

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