So the blogs up until now have been the ramblings, meanderings and leadings up to the farm. Now there is space, house, garden and the beginnings of sustainable technologies going into place….but the capitalist need to stuff different fabrics of the farm into sweet wooden boxes is being slowly overthrown. The fabrics are being thrown out, messed up and sculpted into a spiral…
The texts here from now on will describe the baby steps, tantrums, sweats and joys of the spiral of gratitude that this space/life is becoming…
First, the balance between the Zone 0 idea of permaculture - eg - spend around 4 years on shelter and food - the needs of the pure self, and the emotional and service giving (and craving) to live with animals….apparently most women direct the mother energy towards human babies. I get broody for goats and peas..
To give a better picture, here are some of the small soft bones that have to be slowly, lovingly connected together, giving space for their growth into proud strong spinal columns of the farm…
IN THE HOME…
Solar energy for light and powering basic items (can argue the word 'basic' ad nauseum - for me this means a computer and occasionally a blender)
A warm, low impact fire
Natural paints for warmth and colour
Art for art
IN THE GARDEN
Beds with happy, well fed soil
Plants! Now with salads, medicinals and aromatics (including flower of the dead),broad beans, potatoes (wide Oirish accent), chiles, chayote (mexican root veg), green tomatoes, peas and of course - beans of many varieties…
Composts of various types
Good natural fencing for wandering rogue chicken and turkey control
Designing of location and when to plant fruit trees - apple, pear, plums, cherries, peaches (the village as one of their whimsical but totally sensible points has a specific tree planting date - 21st June!)
Compost Toilet - officially finished! earth, wood and straw roofed - all local, simple, natural.
Grey water (was looking at various elaborate strategies then realised a bucket under my outdoor sink sporadically thrown onto the garden - simple works!)
Water outlets to comfortably reach both outdoor sink near house, future shower on other side, garden and future animal spaces
DREAMING OF GOAT BRAYS IN THE MORN…
Strong, goat proof (ie - bullet proof) fencing - where, what size, what height, what materials (as always - what materials there are - wood and maybe metal)
Small but well made and comfortable animal shelter - water source and well placed to transport food to and from
Planting down more animal forage before the rains begin in July - alfalfa, amaranth, broad beans, quintile (wild amaranth of the mountains), oatstraw
Have animal infrastructure hopefully done before July to have all ready after rains for young animals…
The mind says start with chickens, but the heart says goats…
So with a full heart, slightly frazzled but excited mind…lets see how the spiral turns..
Posted by Anisha Aiyappa.