In the 5 years since we last posted anything, we’ve bought a small house near to where we were renting, and added two children, chickens, a 4-H club, another cat, and a minivan to our lives. Our new space has plenty of backyard space which is divided into the east side and west side by a deck. The west side was almost entirely lawn when we moved in and the east side had raised, irrigated beds which we promptly planted with enough food that we had to cancel our weekly farm box. Unfortunately, pregnancy and new jobs (paid and unpaid) resulted in a lack of time for the garden and it has been taken over by weeds. We’re finally getting back on the horse and have been working on both projects and refining our vision for our future.
We want to develop and live on a sustainable, biodiverse farm easily accessible to residents of Livermore and the surrounding area. We would pursue carbon sequestration via restorative agriculture, intensive farming enabled by automation and agrobotics, and community supported agriculture. Our farm would be a place for ecotourism, agroecology education, and demonstrating and testing strategies for growing food in a changing climate.
In the near term, we will be experimenting on our suburban property. Between now and January our goals are:
- Improve our chicken coop to give the birds more space and integrate them more fully into our fam eco-system
- Increase our rain capture capacity
- Set up a gantry farming robot (more on that soon)
- Begin a food forest under our existing fruit trees
- Begin soil restoration / enhancement activities with Vermiculture and Composting
- And post it all here!