Since we can no longer host any public events here on the urban homestead because our community events now draw upwards of 120 people ( only have space for no more the 50, well, maybe not even that) we are making use of our very large garage. Which for awhile there, it started to become useless because we had to keep in open and uncluttered for events. Now that that’s no longer the case, even the garden’s encroached on the patio area in front of the garage with self watering tubs of dwarf fruit trees – and Farmer D has even more growing plans for that area. Something to do with butterflies and grapevine wire. Intrigued? So am I.
The garage which cleaned out a few years back and used for workshops and screenings with seats, projector and even chalk board is now turning into a back into a barn. And that’s what it should be. Especially if we are to breed our goats we are going to to need a little more space for milking, etc.
Not to get ahead of ourselves, because we need to take the goats down to Orange County for a checkup and then hook them up with a guy friend ( 1.5 hours away), but we have been looking online for folding stanchion.
Why is it taking us so long to breed our gals? Well, this year they finally turned a good age. Jordanne waited to wait till they were at least 1.5 years old. She just didn’t feel right breeding them any younger. And now? I can’t get into every reason, but the main one is that we have just been incredibly busy and time is flying too fast for us to catch up with everything but we are shooting for this winter to breed them.
Not wasting the extra time we do have, we have been busy in other facets of “operation goat milks.” Already we have turned a 6′ x 8′ space in the corner of the garage into a penned area for the goats during the winter season (goats hate rain). This new addition will come in handy when it comes time to start milking. But like I said we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves.
First things first.
Blackberry simple loves the new area in the garage, er barn It’s like her domain. Which is surprising because Fairlight likes to take over being the more dominant goat. Goats are funny that way.
Not only do they have a 400+ sq ft foot outside enclosure (which they share with the ducks and chickens) two houses (one’s an igloo we found on side the road, the other the guys built using scrap wood) they now have a ‘barn stall” in which to hang out in when the weather gets too intolerable.
The garage is used to store our honey equipment, loads of seeds, biodiesel making equipment, Peddler’s Wagon merchandise (which you can help alleviate) and more.
For us city dwellers garages are the closest structure that will come to urban homesteaders having a barn.