This month, we’ll be sharing some hard-won knowledge regarding our time restoring the farm. One of the best is making all our livestock work for us. To do this, we are using non-traditional grazing planning. This means, at least for us, using portable electric fencing and moving them where we need them. Below are some pieces of our fencing and a sample diagram for how we use them.
February of 2019 saw Gil moving to Tennessee from Colorado to live in a pop-up camper while beginning renovation on a 120 year old farmhouse in serious need of TLC. No livestock, no pets, and no family.
February of 2021 saw the whole Carter family (minus Dylan who moved back to Colorado last summer) moved in. New roof, insulated walls & ceilings, reinforced floors, additional windows, complete electrical system overhaul, and two HVAC units to heat & cool. Whew! We’re also stewards of 2 1/2 cows (one is pregnant), 5 2/3s goats (two babies here and two expected), two pigs, 15 chickens, 4 dogs, and a cat.