Our vision of a self reliant project on the Mitzel farm
On the previous post, I explained how we came across the perfect property to do a self reliant project where we could teach others skills related to living locally. This property is turn key ready to start a project where everything necessary for a prosperous life is produced right there on the farm. Some of the features that make this property unique:
- The setting is breath taking beautiful: it is nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, has a stream ambling through, green pastures and is bordered by the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
- The land is basically facing south, making a longer growing season and warming the soil earlier for better crop yields.
- The improvements, a house, a large barn and several other outbuildings are on high ground while the pasture/crop area is lower ground, making the crops have easier access to ground water, while protecting the improvements from flooding.
- The soil has a high proportion of ash and volcanic minerals giving crops higher nutritional value and also giving plants great drainage resulting, again in increased yeilds with less work. The soil is extremely tillable using animal powered machinery.
- The house is large enough and set up in such a way that guests could have plenty of privacy while enjoying the self reliant lifestyle.
- With almost 16 acres of usable land, the farm can produce enough to feed dozens of people while being small enough to be worked by just a single family
Here are some hypothetical schedules that guests to the Mitzel Self Reliant Farm Project could enjoy:
Summer Hypothetical Self Reliant Farm Schedule:
Early morning hours: optional meditation, spiritual practice.
7:30 hathya yoga (optional)
8:00 Breakfast consisting of fruits, diary products, cereal grown on the farm
8:30-11:00 farm chores such as harvesting tomatoes and drying them in a solar dryer, collecting flower/herb seeds for use as spices or as future seeds, caring for animals, weeding, doing farm maintenance such as fixing fences or moving irrigation.
11:00-12:30 Cooking class to learn how to make delicious balloon bread from homegrown wheat, stir fry veggies using homegrown vegetables and herbs, cucumber raita salad using homemade yogurt and homemade caramel.
1:30-3:30 Free time
3:30-6:00 Special activities such as Hypnosis Intuition Readings, wood turning, collecting medicinal plants and making tinctures/salves/tonics, animal training, suiting up and having hand-on experience with bee hives, or other activities that are appropriate for the guests in question.
6:00 Light dinner
7:00-7:30 Milking the cow and stowing the milk
7:30-8:30 Music jam session(guests are encouraged to bring instruments) and/or spiritual/philosophical discussions, practical discussions of the day’s activities
Other Seasons’ Schedules
During the Spring, guests will be able to participate in plowing using oxen or other draft animals as well an planting the gardens and fields. In the Winter guests will assist in the greenhouse, but activities will be more towards arts and crafts, carpentry, blacksmithing or building using local materials. In the Fall harvesting and preserving food will be the primary work.
Billy and I are financially able to assist in making this project a reality, but we do need others to become involved to make it happen. The farm is reasonably priced, in fact when you consider the replacement value of the buildings, the land comes free. If you are interested in being a part of this exciting and timely project please contact us: (253) 875-1842 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
~ by Anuttama on August 12, 2010.