This case study shows my recent design for a family homestead in Willamette Valley, Oregon. This is a fertile agricultural area, where a wide range of crops are grown. The site is currently predominantly pasture land. Though historically vegetable crops were grown on part of the site, it has become neglected in recent years. To the east of the site, two small hills rise either side of a depression, which can become boggy during rainy times.
The primary goal for the homestead is to provide enough food to feed a varied diet to a family of five adults and teens, year round. And also, of course, to improve the biodiversity of the site and work with nature to create thriving and abundant ecosystems.
As you can see, the plans include:
- an area of kitchen gardens close to the home,
- five small fields managed according to agro-ecological principles, with the addition of native trees/ hedgerows around field margins,
- an agroforestry fruit orchard,
- a paddock and accommodation for laying chickens and milk goats,
- and a pond (fed from a natural spring on the small hill to the north).
- A wind turbine and solar panels on the house roof will provide power for the property.
If you would be interested in learning more about this design, or would like a similar design for your own homestead, please do reach out so we can discuss your requirements.