Homestead Vision and Action / Management

Designing Your Homestead Vision

What is the current state of your homestead and flock?  What is working for you?  What would you like to do more of, and what would you like to change?  Consider each of the areas below and begin to define your goals!  In coming days, I’ll discuss each of these points in greater depth and let you know what I am thinking for my new homestead.

Evelyn Simak [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

By Evelyn Simack via Wikimedia Commons

Poultry Flock: Species, breeds, size, age, male/female ratio

Poultry Management: Feed, water, pasture, protection, density, bedding, nesting, breeding, brooding, first aid, prevention, handling, transportation, integration into other areas of the homestead, on-site food production, cost, enjoyment

Animal Housing: Coop and barn designs, appearance, utility, ease of use, maintenance cost, required upkeep, environmental impact, ventilation, lighting, storage, distance from house, location relative to wind and sun exposure, water access, water collection, electricity, safety

Basher Eyre [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Vegetable garden at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Gardens,Wisley (By Basher Eyre via Wikimedia Commons)

Horticulture: Gardens, seasonal protection, tilling or not tilling, raised beds, garden structures, composting, vermicomposting, location, wind and sun exposure, companion planting, crop rotation, cover crops, permanent plantings, seed saving, variety selection, nutrient value, sustainability

Permaculture: Mature plantings, layers, guilds, zones, functionality, natives vs. nonnatives

Sustainability: Waste management, resource use, water harvesting, heating fuel, source of electricity if any, preservation of local or keystone species of plants and animals

Other: Ponds, streams, fish, game, other livestock, clothing fiber, natural dyes, root cellar, smokehouse, solar cooking, drying, medicinal plantings, decorative plantings, wind breaks, privacy, maintenance of wild food sources

By Lamiot (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Hedge for private space in E.V.A. Lanxmeer district (Culemborg, The Netherlands) by Lamiot, Wikimedia Commons

Consider the ideas above.  This is only a starting place!  Leave comments below suggesting other areas to consider or *your goals* for these areas.  You can also keep a journal, post your goals in the comments here or on Scratch Cradle’s Facebook page, and pin pictures of what you would like to see to the Envision Your Flock group Pinterest board.  Leave me a comment on any of my pins on the Envision board and I will send you an invitation to join!  After we set our goals, we will choose one to begin working towards now.  We will brainstorm ideas on how to take the first steps!

This is post #2 of the Vision and Action series!

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7 thoughts on “Designing Your Homestead Vision

  1. I just need more room (and money) for more chickens. I have Silver Appenzeller Spitzhaubens and Cream Brabanters. I would love to develop Silver Brabanters. They have them in the EU, but not here in the USA. A member of the Appenzeller Spitzhauben Club is working on Chamois Spitzhauben, and I would love to have room for them, too.

      • The Spitzhaubens and Brabanters have a lot in common. I’ne crossed them for genetic diversity. Now all O have to do is select for color.

      • They both have slate legs, cavernous nostrils, crests, and spangles. Body types are different, but I can select for that. The Brabanters are bearded. The Spitz are not, but I hatched out a bearded Spitz and a beardless Brabanter from shipped eggs a couple of years ago. I have a friend working on the cream Spitz project.

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