2014 revised Master Plan (click to enlarge). Copies of recent
master plans can be found in 5 Acres & A Dream The Book
No profound changes with this revision. A few finished projects needed to be added:
- goat shelter in the front pasture
- privacy / wood storage fence
- fencing the doe browse in the woods
- turned carport into workshop to prepare for building a barn
Specific plans for the barn are the main reason for the update. Past master plans all show something different in regards to the barn. The current plan for the barn is to tear down the existing outbuilding and build a goat barn in it's footprint. This plan is pretty much set.
Before we can tear down the existing shed we have to move everything out of it. That has led to turning the carport into Dan's workshop, also building the chicken coop so we can use the old coop for storage too. More on all that soon.
The other change to the master plan is a fence for the big garden where I have deer browsing, chickens scratching, and stray dogs digging. That has gotta stop! Nothing specific yet, except we know it will need to be tall to keep the beet green and sweet potato vine eating deer out.
The puzzle is what to do about planting field corn this spring with its companion cowpeas. We've been growing it for the past three years to provide corn for cornmeal and some of our chicken feed. We have no means to plow however, so we're stumped about what to do.
I should also mention that the plan is not specifically to scale, rather it is a rough sketch. We aren't so much mapping the homestead out as we are trying to see how all the pieces might possible fit together.
I know several of you have specifically mentioned the master plans in your book reviews. Has anyone got one ready to share?
Homestead Master Plan: Updates & Tweaks © February 2014