log house

The Journey: Building Our Farm House

The winter of 1998 found us starting the preparations for building our new log home.  Larry, along with a neighbor how had a skidder headed out the to woods to select the logs that would be used to build with.  After a month of selecting, falling and skidding the logs out of the forest we had a large deck of logs.

Log deck ready to be hauled to their new home

Log deck ready to be hauled to their new home

Now the logs were ready to be hauled home.  To accomplish this we had to hire a neighbor with a log truck and plow an area at the new yard site that would be big enough for him to turn his truck around and unload.

Plowed and waiting for the house logs

Plowed and waiting for the house logs

Unloading the house logs

Unloading the house logs

Then we waited impatiently for the cold Alberta winter to turn to spring so we could start to peel all those logs.  As a family we were able to start peeling logs in May.  In June a bunch of friends and extended family came to help us with the peeling.  By the end of July we had finished peeling 82 full length logs.  This was a job we were very thankful to have finished.

At this point we left the logs to dry for the remainder of summer and fall.

Friends and extended family helping with the log peeling

Friends and extended family helping with the log peeling

In November we hired a contractor to help assemble the logs into the frame of the house.  They finished this by February and were ready for the roof the following spring.  By the fall of 1999 the roof was on and the gable ends were all that was left to do on the frame.  These were finished that winter.  The following spring and summer we were able to get the wiring and plumbing installed.  

The fall of 2000 found us expecting our fifth child.  We became impatient to get moved into our bigger home.  It was far from being finished, but this did not deter us.  It was warm and dry and much bigger than what we had been living in. 

This move was much slower to accomplish than all previous moves in our married life.  We hadn't decided what we would do with the old house at this point so we would only move what we absolutely needed to survive at the time.  Eventually however we did get all our belongs moved to our new home and rented out our little house.  

Our new home

Our new home

As of today our house is still not completely finished.  The ceilings need pine boards and the main floor is in need of tile and hardwood, both of which we now have.  So we are hoping to find the time this winter to install the flooring.  We decided long ago that we would not go into debt for our home.  We have finished different portions of the house as finances have allowed.  I am so thankful that we chose to do it this way.  It has allowed us to put any extra money into building up the farm to what it is becoming.

The next couple of years found us setting up our new yard site.  There were no outbuildings here.  We have carved this site out of the forest.  We were able to find a couple neighbours who had old wooden graneries that they no longer used.  We cleared away some trees to move in what would become buildings to house our various animals.

Moving in old grain storage buildings that would become housing for our animals

Moving in old grain storage buildings that would become housing for our animals

Our farm and barn yard areas have seem many changes over the years.  For us changes occur as we fine tune the way structures are utilized.  We are always trying to set up things so that the workflow is efficient.  Some of the original buildings have remained in place while others have been resituated to a new area so they can function more smoothly for us.

We now feel that we are where we are supposed to be.  This is our "home".  Our children wouldn't let us move even if we wanted to go to a warmer climate.  Many of our dreams have  become a reality while some we have had to learn to let go of.  We are excited for the upcoming years to unfold before us.  The possibilities for this small family farm are endless.   I can promise that grassfed beef, goats and lamb, pasture raised eggs and pasture/forest raised pork will always be the foundation of our "beyond organic" sustainable permaculture farm.  We are committed to these farming practices.  Not only for ourselves, but also for all our customers who allow us the opportunity to serve you in this capacity.

We hope you have enjoyed following us on our journey up to this point and invited you to join us on this road called "life".

 

 

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