First of all, thank you for your replies.
I’ve recently acquired a 6-hectare plot of land, which was once a forest but is now unfortunately nearly barren. However, I see this as an opportunity to restore it and drive it beyond its former glory (just some needle monoculture& very poor ground vegetation have been there for 60 years). My vision is to establish an agroforestry system, supplemented with Terra Preta. Given that I’m based in Germany, I’ll need to adapt some aspects to suit the local climate and conditions. For the next ten to twenty years, my primary focus will be on nurturing the growth of this land and enhancing its fertility, already growing some fruit trees from different kinds of fruit (evolution will sort out the next years). I’ve been experimenting with Terra Preta in a small section of my grandmother’s garden for the past three years, and the results have been nothing short of astonishing, i hope, it will work on larger scale in similar ways
The area will be partially enclosed by a minimalistic fence, designed to deter animals from wandering in. However, I plan to source most of our meat from the surrounding wildlife, including deer, boars, rabbits, and ducks. I also intend to raise pigs in a designated area. All waste and remains will be repurposed for heat generation or as fertilizer, with the aid of a biogas tank. I have an unused swimming pool that could serve as an excellent starting point for this project, providing a secondary source of energy and a fantastic fertilizing opportunity.
Our region is quite rainy, particularly in the winter, with only two to three harsh months annually. My plan is to collect and store water during the wetter periods on the higher levels of my plot and reduce our water footprint during the drier months.
Vegetables and fruits will be cultivated in designated areas within the forest. In between these areas, I plan to let nature take its course, providing shelter for animals and generating free biomass. Pest control will be managed naturally by cats, pigs, chickens, and a dog, which will also serve as a guardian. I’m still figuring out a sustainable source of food for the dog and chickens, as I doubt the dog will be satisfied with just a few mice per day.
Deer, boar, and rabbits are plentiful in the surrounding area, providing a diverse range of livestock that can thrive without much intervention.
Transportation is a challenge I’m still grappling with. I’ve retained my old petrol cars, which are in good condition, and I’m familiar with how to convert them to run on wood gas. In the long term, this will likely be one of the most significant challenges. Within the property, which is located on the southern side of a mountain, I’m considering building a cart system for transportation to the house, including pipelines for water transport from higher ground on the property, maybe even harvest some energy (~47.50m difference in height) from top to bottom.
I acknowledge that some dependencies may remain if I wish to avoid reverting to some kind of a very primitive lifestyle.
To further reduce those dependencies, I am gathering all kind of metal work tools like drilling and milling machines, I got 3d printers and knowledge on CAD.
However, I’m confident that with careful planning and hard work, I can achieve self-sufficiency in water, energy, and food. Who knows, I might even manage to brew my own beer!
Thank you for your attention!