Kia ora friends, this is an update primarily for our past interns to show some of the infrastructure improvements we’ve made recently.
In order to comply with our resource consent we’ve added car parks at the top of the drive betwee n the market garden and the orchards. After doing that we decided to shift a shed up there to serve as a farm stand and tool storage closer to the market garden.
Coming down the drive at the bottom of the market garden is the homemade caravan that we built during Lock-Down last year.
Next is my favourite – the ‘Redneck BBQ’ – also building during Lock-Down.
The BBQ is located next to the outdoor dining space beside the house.
Topher is modeling the steps down to the pines that we also built during Lock-Down.
Recently we shifted the fence and gate along the upper farm track so that they are along the property boundary.
Just last week we put up deer netting next to the milking shed we built during Lock-Down so we can more easily manage the goats during milking or for other reasons.
We also shifted another fence line to allow easier access down the lower farm track.
Also last week we extended the wind netting for the avocado orchard in the valley.
Here are Topher and Baby and Luigi on the farm track below the manuka, flax, poplars and tree lucerne we planted five years ago.
Probably a few other things I’ve forgotten but that’ll do for an update. I’ll write a blog about the farm stand once it’s completed.
Addendum: I knew I would forget something(s). Below are the strawberry bed we built for Manu’s Lock-Down Birthday 5th April, 2020, as well as a tree fort I started during Lock-Down but finished last month with Manu’s help.
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