Friends, I am so thrilled to be able to share with you that next year we will no longer be urban homesteaders but living the full fledged homesteading life. We’ll have 10 acres of pasture land to build our homestead upon.
In my dreams I have visions of chickens meandering through the pasture, pecking their way through prairie grasses and goat manure to fuel the soil and microbes below. I see a few piggies also raised up in a part of that pasture to fatten up for a fall butchering. Thanksgiving and Christmas will also have a small area of their own as they gobble gobble their way to the family table.
As clear as day that I can see this sweet little homestead with children running about, planning it is a bit scary. Gabe and I want to make sure that we plan the space that we have that will best aid in permaculture. We want to make sure that, for example, where we place our hen house or pasture the goats will benefit the eco-systems and in turn be sustainable and self sufficient. Also, with the thoughts of building our home, we want to make sure that we plan that to be eco-friendly without breaking our budget. After having seen my friend Michelle from Simplify, Live, Love restore a barn into a passive house, I’m thinking we may go in that same direction.
According to wikipedia: the term passive house (Passivhaus in German) refers to a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, reducing its ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling. I think this is mostly done by having a south side wall filled with windows and some solar panels as well. The windows and vents around the other sides of the home are then placed and sized to retain the heat and cooling.
This one is adorable…
As you can see, we have a lot of planning to do and it’s honestly a bit overwhelming right now. We’ll be taking things one step at a time but I thought I’d ask all of my seasoned homesteading readers to help us out a bit.
If you’re living the homestead life (or have) I have a few questions for you…
- If you could start your homestead all over again, what would you do differently?
- What are your favorite resources including books, videos, blog posts for homesteading or permaculture?
- What’s the number one piece of advice that you could give me before starting our homestead plans?
Thanks so much for any advice you can offer my family and I. We are over the moon that soon enough, we’ll have a little piece of land to call our own.