When I posted the earlier version of our farm plan, I failed to take into consideration the trench that runs through our property caused by the spring. I also didn’t include the hoophouse! How could I forget the hoophouse?!
You can clearly see the trench running through the property that starts just to the right of the spring box and ends behind the big house. It is fairly deep, about 2 to 3 feet. We considered filling it in with dirt, but we need a French drain or some way to filter our grey water from the tiny house. In the future, it will be used to water the tree orchard and ornamental flowers but until then it has to go somewhere. A solution would be to just use this trench and save our backs and some money! I included two little bridges since it will block our walking paths from the parking spots to the tiny house and studio.
I placed the hoophouse at the top of the property (on the left in the diagram). I say top because it is toward the top of the mountain. The property is gradually sloped, flattens out a bit in the middle, continues to slope down to the tree orchard and then gets relatively flat again. Placing the hoophouse here will also give us a little bit of privacy from our neighbors. Their porch is on the side of their house facing us, and they sit there most of the day when the weather is good. They are super sweet people, don’t get me wrong, I just like my privacy! I don’t really want an audience while I am sweating, making tons of mistakes and learning.
As I mentioned in my previous post, my plan is to incorporate as many principles of permaculture as possible. I am still learning, so I am not able to create a more specific design for the farm right now…but this will be the general layout based on the topography of the property. I would love to be able to take an immersive permaculture design course, but they are pretty expensive. So that will have to wait.
What is permaculture? It is the development of agricultural systems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient. Instead of neat rows of crops that require lots of work, you create little ecosystems that can stand on their own. No tilling, no weeding. There are 4 principles of permaculture:
- Working with nature rather than against it
- Thoughtful observation rather than thoughtless labor
- Each element should perform many functions rather than one
- Everything is connected to everything else