|Cnr Shanahans & Mills Rd, Eppalock, Victoria, AU
Dehesa Felix is the 9ha (23 acre) home of HeenanDoherty. A simple topography that exemplifies the value of a solid property selection criteria for regenerative rural property development.
We bought Dehesa Felix in 2006 after our uncles & Darren's mother sold the family farm in the late 90's. We always thought we'd have this property after it was in our family for over 140 years but that's not how things panned out so we had to start again. We did so with a property selection criteria built around our family Holistic Goal. After a few months of looking we came across this place whilst looking at the neighbouring property. We immediately saw its topographic advantages and its simplicity. Darren often remarks that 'I didn't want to have a difficult property, we have plenty of clients with those!'
With all of our international travel between 2006 & 2011 we decided to work on the soils of the site which were very poor. So we've Keyline plowed the site 3 times now with 2 years in between each plowing, every time going a little deeper. We've gone from having just 2-3" of soil depth to now having 10-18" of soil depth which is a fantastic outcome. In 2012 we are planting 50% of our total tree crop, fruit, nut and forage species along with our main avenue trees. The soils are now in a condition to do this.
As of July 2012 the property will not be under a mortgage and will be placed into a family trust thereby protecting our interests. We are waiting to sell our remaining investment property (on the market now!) to fund our main building project. In the meantime we are following our Regen10 process:
The priorities set out with the Regen10 are in action starting with 1. Climate and us being mortgage free, having our legal structures set up so the land is in trust and our business plan rolling along nicely, sorting out our plans with the municipality for both the enterprise plans on our property and the building plans. My book on Regenerative AG & Living is into a 3 of the 10 chapters now and I'm looking at July/August to get right into it. 2. Geography: our earthworks are largely done with water supplies secure even when we have 100mm rainfall years. House and cabin sites and 3. Water will be secured with the placement of the gravity tanks and perimeter pipes. 4. Access is all done 5. Forestry 50% of the 9ha site will be planted by October 6. Buildings going ahead when we sell our other apartment 7. Fences all need replacement and will be done with either money we make or get from the sale of the second apartment, 8. Soils are 10-18" deep (from 2-3" deep at start) following our Keyline soil prep 9. PolyMarketing our website's continue to be developed and enterprise plans enacted across the world: hence the release of the HD Newsletter recently and a couple of Shopify.com-based sites (HDShed.com & HDWorldEvents.org and 10. Energy apart from having a lot myself we have a site who's solar energy capture is improving and our mineral and water cycles are improving all of the time.
That about sums us up bar the usual personal stuff!
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