|Palmas Heights Ranch||
I picked up our bee "nuc" (a four frame starter hive with roughly 10,000 bees) this morning from Wildflower Meadows in Vista. The bees are located near our upper berry patch and will be moved into their new home - a ten frame mansion - next Saturday. The week will give them time to acclimate to their new location. I was a little nervous this morning as it has been a little over forty years since I worked with bees.
The Ag building walls, roof, and insulation are installed and fire suppression system work began this week. My "off grid" solar design is being finalized and with building eave height (16 feet), roof peak (22 feet) and fear of heights (plenty)- I am looking for sturdy scaffolding. Max is enjoying his new dog house in the interim.
The concrete pour started 'in the clouds' on a cool Monday as a low moved across the region. It took five cement trucks (43 yards of concrete) and a crew of six to complete the footings and slab.
The building erection crew put up the 'red iron' on Wednesday. The three man crew is expecting to complete the job in five days with additional structural details, sheeting, windows, doors, and vents.
After ten years of looking at this blank space....I am in awe of the building size and potential!
Our Ag building is 40 feet by 40 feet; eaves are 16 feet with a roof peak of 22 feet. Roof pitch is 4:12 and faces south to take advantage of a future 'off grid' solar installation.
Long days at the ranch as we have been busy planting, putting up fence, laying waterline, and getting ready for spring. Plantings over the last few months have included fruit trees, loganberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, shallots, garlic, onions, and cool weather vegetables.
One of our goals has been to erect a metal agricultural building with a cabin to follow. San Diego County signed off on permits last week and our Ag building foundation will be poured tomorrow (Monday, April 6).
The Ag build has been an incredible learning and humbling experience. Plenty more to learn as we progress I am sure. The building is 40 foot by 40 foot and will be “off grid”. The picture above is the Ag building foundation awaiting concrete.
Our plans are to have a ribbon cutting ceremony – complete with a flushing toilet! - in the near future.