Stop #1: The New Construction
This is the side view of "the compound". The light green section is the original house. The dark green is the addition we just put on for my mother to live in complete with a REAL laundry room and mud room! Last but, not least, the unpainted section is the new barn!!
Technically a "Bank Barn" built into the banking behind our garage. Bottom level will house (eventually) pigs, cows and chickens. The middle level will be for horses and goats. Then, we have a HUGE hay loft with yet another level above that for additional storage. You'll never hear me utter the statement, "We will never possibly use it all!" because I know from experience I'd end up eating those words.
Recently, we were able to take advantage of a local 'high end' horse farm that has unfortunately been sold. All of the stalls as well as anything in, on, or around the farm was for sale. Four horse stalls, saddle racks and bridle racks are now waiting to be assembled in our barn, SCORE!!
|Future home of our cold storage room in the barn!!|
Stop #2: The Orchard
|Our orchard is surrounded by solar powered|
electric fence. Unfortunately, we had so much
snow this winter that the deer were
literally able to walk over the top strand
of wire. The trees seem to be doing well
despite becoming a snack.
|Bee Hive surrounded by baby apple and pear trees. |
Soon there will be two hives out there filled with bees.
Maybe this year we won't kill them.
Stop #3: The Garden Beds
|Believe it or not there are two|
sheet mulched garden bed rows here.
The plan is to have two more this year.
|Three little rhubarb that survived|
the excavation for the barn addition.
Stop #4: The Pig Pen
|Hard to tell but, they have|
quite a large area to roam in
and about the time all the area
inside the paneled fence is
rooted up it will be time to
expand their area into the woods
Stop #5: The Chickens and Goats
|Back side of the Chicken coop with|
chain link fence we inherited
from a friend.
The Chicken Coop we have had for about 5 years now.
Again, we lucked out and discovered
Coops for a Cause when we were in the market for a coop. A great guy, filling the growing need for quality coops, was building them in his 'spare' time. He donates a portion of all sales to charity and has now grown quite a business. If you are in the New England area and need a coop, check them out!
|The front of the goat shed, situated next to the chicken coop. |
The 8'x12' shed was built by great friends
with a little help from Farm Dad, mostly supervising.
|Back of the shed. Goats and chickens roaming together.|
I bet I have neglected to show you something but, you get the idea. Hard to believe how far we have come. So thankful to be able to live here, on this farm, with my amazing husband and family!