New Happenings for 2015

First off… sorry to all for being so lame on the blog posts.

A lot has happened since our last post so I will try to catch you up.

We added an 8′ x 10′ entry way to the dome, nothing fancy and not yet completed, but it is a vast improvement.

Our list for 2015 was supposed to be small, but it’s looking like we’ll have a full schedule of happenings.

Here are the highlights:

  1. We are going to be raising honey bees,  (to be delivered end of April) 3 lbs. or 10,000 Carniolan honey bees. So we need to build their new hive home this month.

  2. We ordered and will be planting (300) 2-year-old Caragana shrubs (aka Siberian Pea Shrubs) around the parameter fence.

  3. We’ll be adding an additional 1200 feet of field fencing, and electric fencing. And developing two pasture areas for a few Icelandic sheep to be purchased in 2016.

  4. We getting 2 Heritage Berkshire pigs in March. We got 90% of their shed built and will be fencing off sections of the property for them to begin rooting.

  5. We getting 32 chicks in March. They will following the pigs in the paddocks to remove the bugs, weed seeds, and flatten out the soil in preparation for pasture seeding and mulch. Some will be kept for layers, and some for meat.

  6. Building the underground greenhouse.

So.. that’s the highlights. That’s the adventure that awaits us for 2015. Stay tuned, because it’ll all be blog-worthy…


5 thoughts on “New Happenings for 2015

  1. Looks like y’all are in for a busy year. Might be wise to build an extra bee super just in case you happen to get a wild swarm of bees in your area. The underground greenhouse I’ve got to see.

    Best wishes.

    Sandy, Oregon

  2. I’m very interested in the earthbag domes you built, as I’m currently working the design of my own in Colorado. The comment about how much barbed wire and nails you used was quite helpful, as that stuff is hard to estimate. I’ve gathered that you used 24″ wide bags. What I’m curious about is the diameter of the domes. That piece of information would aid greatly in my estimates. I’m looking at building 5 domes–one 13′, two 12′, and two 10′. Great work!

    • Hi Jason, The main dome is 14′ diameter, the other two are 10′ diameter. The bags were 21″ but 15″ when filled. Unless you are using the 10′ for a toilet, 10′ is rather small. Good luck in your building.

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