Monthly Archives: January 2011

Farm Planning


Matt and I kind of hijacked family dinner last week. Our weekly potluck, with everyone who lives on the property plus a couple of special friends, is for the specific purpose of good food, conversation, fun and generally keeping the farm relationships healthy. Business is not supposed to be part of it. However, a few days before, Matt had been inspired to map out the property using pacing and Google earth. I have been reading a great book called Gaia’s Garden which is about small-scale Permaculture design and gives a good overview of the design process which includes 1.Observation, 2.Visioning, 3.Planning, 4.Development, and 5.Implementation.  All that to say, with map in hand, Matt and I jumped into “Visioning” much to the boredom of some family members who are a little less involved in the project.


The basic idea behind Permaculture is a slow and thoughtful observation of the land in order to use its natural strengths to the gardener’s advantage. If designed well it will minimize work and external inputs (energy, fertilizer, city water) while maximizing yield and wildlife habitat as a positive feedback loop takes over and nature takes care of itself. Sounds idealistic I know, but it has been done successfully all over the world and that is what we will attempt here.


As I said, the first step is observation which we have been doing for the last year. The second step is Visioning which kind of comes about naturally but last family dinner we made a list of some things we’d like this property to be. Here they are in no particular order. . .


Garden of Eden, edible forest/perennials, waste recycling/soil building, wildlife habitat, safe imagination and creativity fostering childrearing environment, aesthetically pleasing, water recycling, storage and use, community educational resource, sacred space (relaxation/meditation /spiritual wellness), holistic health for vegetation, animals, and humans, income generator (even if just enough to maintain farm tax status), Minimal labor/high yield (I know we may be dreaming on this one but hey, that’s what we do!)


baby goats!


Our neighbours Michael and Kerri-Jo invited us over on saturday afternoon to meet the two newest additions to their farm family: 3 day old baby goats!  ADORABLE.

While there, we got a closer look at their farm – hanging out with the horses, chickens and ducks and their own two farm kids.  It’s pretty fun living on a farming street!

Earlier in the day, we had our friend Christian from the CEED Centre over for a farm tour.  He wanted to check out my composting toilet and while here, gave us some tips and stories from his own family farm, as well as a delicious jar of homemade plum jam.

And it wouldn’t have been a saturday morning without Julie hosting a communal coffee and homemade muffins session!

After visiting the baby goats, I got in a little bit of weeding in the garlic patch before capping the day off with a delicious dinner out with a friend in Vancouver.


I am so happy with my life right now :)

trailer design to aspire to


Umm… I think my jaw might have dropped when I came across the images of this trailer. Certainly a little *gasp!* escaped my lips.  How incredibly cool, modern and PRETTY is this?!  I don’t know much about the company that made it because their website is in spanish, but Caravanolic has clearly created a trailer living space like no other (at least no other I’ve seen).  SOOOO pretty!

I really can’t imagine walking into this trailer after splashing around in farm mud and chicken poop, but I do love what they’ve been able to do with the space.  For anyone who appreciates interior (and exterior!) design, and particularly for people like me who are intrigued about design possibilities for trailer living (which may be more of you now that the average price of a Vancouver home has reached the 1 million dollar mark), I thought these photos might be fun and inspiring to drool over.

See more photos of this beautiful little trailer home on Caravanolic’s website (click on ‘caravanas’).  Interior photos of my own little trailer home coming soon!