Hello! This blog is about our family and the development of our 80 acre property, Well-Heeled Hills, in Jackson county Oregon. The five of us (2 adults and 3 boys) stay busy working, exploring and playing most afternoons there once school and work is done for the day. We are currently renting a house in Shady Cove while we are getting our hands dirty with the planting and building process.

Our house is currently under construction. We have completed the foundation, walls and roof so far. The rainy cold season will be spent on improving drainage, re-working the fencing and starting on the indoor portion of the house.


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  1. Thomas says:

    Keep up the good work!
    We are on the same track for our property up Foots Creek in Jackson County. So far still planning, plotting, designing, seed gathering, info seeking stage. Although I imagine that stage never ends, luckily it’s fun. We have a few existing food trees, but I;m ready to put in the whole forest.
    I am very curious about your early results and what your $ investment thus far, if your willing to share. We also have a large parcel, so it would be very helpful to glean your lessons learned.

    Great to know other folks in the area are on the same path to independence!

    • Hi there! Nice to hear from you

      When we moved back to Oregon in 2010 we looked around your area quite a bit when searching for a property to buy. Very nice area.

      I’m very happy with the first year results with our plantings. Some plants did not make it until the end of the growing season last year, but the percentage was pretty low overall.

      The trees/bushes in the main orchard area did the best, as they received the most attention. I’m very happy with the hugelkultur berms. They seem to be working well as a growing environment and provide home for a lot of creatures too. There has been some burrowing rodent activity over the winter that I am watching closely, but I think once the weather warms up, the predators will thin the population.

      As far as costs go, I think it cost about $1500 for the excavation work to install the berms. Another ~$600 for fencing (double 4′ fence of welded wire ~5-6′ apart), and close to $2000 for the plants.

      I need to do a better job of posting some updates on this site for our recent efforts and get my data recorded for the tree growth last year.

      Let me know if you have any particular questions; I’d be glad to help if I can. We’d also enjoy hearing about any of your efforts if you’d like to share.

      Best wishes!

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