J&J Acres is a family homestead. We are developing our 7 acres using permaculture practices. The site is still being developed and will likely be developed over the course of several years due to extremely limited capital. The site receives approximately 56" of annual rainfall and has seasonal creeks. Varying elevation and slope facings throughout the site provides several opportunities for various earthworks.
The site is located only 2 miles off of a major Internate, I-20, allowing for quick and easy access.
The property is our home. The property spans 7 acres and was chosen when our intent was to clear the land simply to have pleasure animals.
Time has changed our perspective and now we are working towards a permaculture site that will feed our family and those in the local area for decades to come.
We believe that while the site was not originally selected with permaculture in mind that it is still highly viable and will turn in to a mature and well developed system.
The site is on the boarder of the 7B / 8A hardiness zones.
While the majority of the local area is a pine forest, we feel fortunate that this site has an abundance of hardwoods.
One resource in particular are black walnuts. However, the trees do not seem to be as healthy has the could be as the nuts are small and sparse.
We have seen deer, fox, opposum, racoon, rabbit, crayfish and a wide variety of birds on the property. We do not doubt that there is futher wildlife that we have not observed.
The property recieves an annual average rainfall of 56". Two seasonal creeks flow across and converge on the property. Once source is overflow from a pond two properies away and the other is roadway runoff.
Several structures, including a large home, carport and shed are other locations for water harvesting.
The majority of the property allows for either full access to the sun, or full access until the late evening hours.
We fell this will permit us to make use of microclimates and grow a wide variety of food producing plants.
Our current effort is to clear the existing understory so that the land can be better assessed for further planning.
The propery was previously harvested for wood. While several old trees do remain, the majority of the trees are less than 8" in diamater.
Once the property is cleared swales will be outlined and dug along the hillsides so that food forests can be planted.
There are also several points that are well positioned for ponds large enough for fish.
Capital is our challenge. We are having to take our efforts a day at a time. We cannot simply clear the land and begin earthworks.
Our only large equipment is a small farm tractor. Between this and a chainsaw, the work is going slow, but steady.
Our desire for the final plan is to have a permaculture demonstration farm that produces food to feed our family while also allowing us to host courses and interns.
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