Building the Dairy

After a lot of redrawing of the plans, we changed the design to an all-purpose building that will house the goats and contain the creamery.  We are thinking that this will greatly increase every one’s enjoyment during the winter and rainy season.


Pad being leveled2005 Bulldozer work for pad(May) 20x40x18 tall Hay storage(June) Leach field in Forest, Vern Infiltrator leach system (417′) 1500 gal septic tank
Gravel on pad, strings up (November) Pouring 14 yards of concrete for footings. (Dec.)  Gravel fill in creamery portion, Block work(Jan)


Pad work for log cabin(Jan)


Under slab floor plumbing, Vern (Feb)
Radiant Floor Heat(Feb) Manifold for Hydronics(Feb) Pouring floors(Feb) Finishing Floors(Feb) Block work(Feb) Water Tank being delivered(Feb)
Water Tank being hauled up the little mountain (Feb) Water lines down from Mtn.(Feb) Block Work(Mar) Block Work(Mar) Block Work Done, Framing started(Mar) Framing First Floor(Mar)
Roof Rafters over loftApril 13 East Dormers

April 20

Rafters over Creamery Side

April 24

LoftMay 2 View from LoftMay 2 Water Lines from Well, French drainsMay 2
Gianaclis WaterproofingMay 5 May 12 Cedar Siding and windowsMay 15 Roofing FeltMay 17 Moving TARM Wood Gasification Boiler InMay 19 Rough ElectricalJune
Epoxy Paint in Cheese RoomJune Roof DoneJune 15 Building FeedersJune 27 Plumbing with PexJuly Stainless Steel Milking PlatformJuly Insulating the Aging Room CeilingJuly
Installing Aging Room DoorJuly First Solar Array UpJuly Outback Power Panel and Battery BankJune and July Rebuilt 12 Kw Generator running on Biodiesel Drywall DeliveryAugust Drywall, Phoebe workingAugust
Three Solar Arrays UpSept Milking in the Parlor, Mia September Aging Room Door in Make Room  Making Cheese in the LICENSED! Make Room Sept 30, 2006 2007 Log cabin progress!Feb
More CabinFeb Gianaclis staining FasciaMarch March Open House “Grand Opening”approx. 400 people attended March Open House Milking Demo at open house Friend Paul driving “Cubby” August
Paul helping split rails (cedar trees from our place) Cheesemaking Class September Very large Hornets nest (they eat flies!) 100 Australian Willow hybrid starts (planted as a forage crop) Sept MicroHydro intakeOctober Jerry fromAlternative Power & MachineOctober
Jerry’s electric solar powered Cat Electric Solar Cat working on lines Micro Hydro Turbine (1000+ feet from intake) Portable sawmillNovember Milling beetle killed pine for cabin Lots of lumber from this old tree