Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A More Detailed Farm Plan

Do remember: a plan is a basis for change.
Adam did a scale drawing of the farm using Google Maps as a base for the main structures and the boundaries. I thought you'd enjoy seeing what his plans are for the eventual plantings, the main plots. I hope perhaps you can read his writing.
The house is the oddly-shaped object in the middle of the driveway loop. The square at the top of the loop is the carport.
Above is the left side with the house and garage, orchard and barn. That big oval is the pine grove. It has only two big pine trees and a few others, but we call it the pine grove nonetheless.
And here's the right side, including the big field and the long-range plan.
Do you see the tool shed and W/C just above the winter garden? That's where our field water spigot is located.
The field spigot that will become a shower

Adam doesn't want to pay for town water to irrigate all those crops (even though there's town water there). That spigot will just serve a little outdoor shower there, and he hopes to put in a composting toilet. For the crops, he's planning a significant water collection system. See the 1000-gallon water tank? And there will be other large tanks on the back corners of the house and the garage, providing water for the house gardens and the orchard. The front of the property, with wild flowers and tall sunflowers, will welcome customers to our farm store. The living hedge, which will be significant, will give the best possible sound barrier between the house and the road.


  1. Is the house the little square at the pointy end of the hedge?

  2. Ah, I see, I was not putting the words "living hedge" with their long space in the logical place. I'm glad to see the house is not soooo tiny ;-)

  3. Ha! Nobody will hold you to your original plan, especially because you guys have the most brilliant ideas, evolving ALL THE TIME! SO FUN!

  4. Have you thought of drilling a well?

    Adam's mind is working over time! :-) Great to see your plans on paper.


    1. A well would be a significant cost to install and then an ongoing cost to operate.

      We get 50 - 60 inches of rainfall a year here in Eastern Carolina, so I just need to even out the water

  5. Have you read anything by Ruth Stout? She wrote many books about her theory of deep mulching with old, rotten hay. It might be helpful with the watering situation. Perhaps nearby farmers would part with moldy, unusable hay??


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