One of the most important concepts presented by the design team is the notion that not all of the Farm can be built in a single year — both because of limits on available funding and the need to build soil and site fertility over time.
Above, this idea is illustrated with a simple diagram showing how various parts of the Farm could be built out over the course of four years. What would come first? It makes sense to invest in infrastructure in one effort, if possible. Things like pathway paving, lighting, fences, and play equipment would all make sense to go in in Year 1 when construction is active on the site. After this framework is complete, other parts of the Farm could be constructed as time, money and man- and woman-power allow: fruit trees can be planted, soil built up, gardens built.
One exception to the rule of “infrastructure first” might be the construction of a community gathering building, or Farm House, which might require additional funds to be secured.
Stay tuned for our meeting on January 4, 2014, where the design team will break out what can be funded and built in Year 1 vs. subsequent years.