I remember that in the last post I promised to talk about our plans or goals for this property.
We would like to put 10 years of hard work into establishing a system which is as self-sufficient as possible. Which means that what we can’t produce ourselves we want to barter for within a community of like-minded friends and neighbors.
We want our fruit and veg, olive oil, eggs and poultry from chickens and ducks, cheese and milk from sheep, fish from our fish ponds. We want to build our house. We want honey from our bees. Wax and olive oil as basis for organic creams, soaps, shampoos and conditioners. We want medicinal herb garden to make tinctures and remedies and we want some sort of mushroom production.
Our friends grow their own wheat for making bread and I’m not sure if they grow rice as well but they might. So there is a possibility for bartering.
Our quinta is a natural water line, so before the planting season starts in January we would like to dig out 3 fish ponds,
convert the existing unfinished water tank into a fish tank for breeding fish (tilapia mostly),
build a green house and start to germinate seeds into seedlings to give them a better surviving chance in our first year of planting,
create raised beds for our fruit and veg.
These goals are a MUST in the first year.
The ongoing projects are retiling the existing shed roof,
and building a big communal kitchen and bathroom.
In April we’ll also be able to get bees, and as soon as we can spare our attention, we would like to build a chicken coop and buy a few chickens.
By spring we would need to get a bore hole and get a bigger inverter and extra batteries for solar system, so we can run non-sensitive equipment like fridge/freezer and washing machine through them.
We also need to build a root cellar.
The house is in the works, but we won’t start anything until the planting finishes next year.
So as you can see, our hands are full right now. There are also extra challenges every day, but we are loving it all.
In the next post I’ll start talking about what’s been done to the land so far.