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Kingdom Building

March 14, 2015

With the arrival of Spring we are thinking more and more about the land outside our house. We have mostly been focusing on the house itself through the winter months. There is still much to do but the right time to plant crops doesn’t wait. We’ve been discussing plans, layout, crops, livestock, etc. We definitely want a garden this year and have picked Black Australorp as the right chicken breed for us. Both the garden and the chicken coop need minimal work before jump into those endeavors.

On a beginning farm there is always more work than time. We must be strategic and efficient. We must prioritize and focus. We must not be distracted. The small steps must be done in light of the big picture of our property. What will it be like in 5 or 10 years? What is our mission? What kingdom are we we building?

Our vision right now has these aspects:
1. approximately 1 acre of intensive, organic garden
2. around 20 chickens for egg laying and meat
3. a couple goats for weed control and pasture management
4. possibly a steer for meat and pasture management
5. a large (10 kW) solar panel array
6. a couple dozen fruit trees
7. several dozen fruit bushes, vines
8. rows of lavender
9. demolishing our old barn (and building something else)
10. sharing it all with friends, neighbors, and the community to teach them about farming and sustainability

We don’t want to (and can’t) do this alone. We want to involve our community in some form, either with our church, or with our daughters classmates. We want to involve other people in the planning and the planting so we can all enjoy the harvest.

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. –Galatians 6:9 (NLT)

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