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  • Writer's pictureCourtenay Rudy

The Farm-stead Project

Updated: Jun 4, 2022

In April 2020 we purchased 36 acres of land on the North end of Brown Creek Rd in Grand Forks, BC. The property borders the Granby River on the East side, and consists of 50% open pasture and 50% forest.

We have been working all winter, planning, plotting and organizing for the upcoming 2021 season. The property currently has no buildings, houses or infrastructure of any kind, so we will be building from scratch and entire farm/homestead operation,

In the fall of 2020 we were able to get the bones of one greenhouse as well as our pasture and laneway fencing put in place. As soon as the snow has melted our first projects will be; fencing, constructing a milk parlor, completing the greenhouse as well as constructing another, and building animal shelters. When we do move to the new farm we will be bringing with us 3 horses, 1 milk cow, 10 calves, 12 sows, 1 boar, 4 dogs, 30 chickens, and 5 cats.

When we plan each section of the property our biggest concern is always movement. We want each animal grouping to be easily moved (rotational grazing). In order to ensure that our land is not overworked or under fertilized, frequent movements will be key. This is why the first thing we put into our plans was our alleyway, which is essentially our farm's super highway. The alleyway runs the entire length of the property between the forest and pasture and will make longer movements much easier for both us and our livestock.

Follow along with us and watch as our farm/homestead grows!

Bye for now,

Courtenay Rudy

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