heirloomista

a woman-owned, woman-run boutique farm

The Fence Mahal

Kelsey Zaavedra
 Sampson watching over the custom fiberglass fence posts in the back of the truck.

Sampson watching over the custom fiberglass fence posts in the back of the truck.

Buying raw land has been an adventure. I have had a realistic scope of work planned out for me but it really sinks in once the long days begin. That being said, I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else. I have the best job :)

Since my farm has basically been a wildlife corridor for as least 8 years, the critters are used to passing through, hanging around and settled here — it’s their home more than mine. However, my crops are for human consumption so I need to protect them. With the deer being so densely populated up here my main focus is to keep them away. I chose to install an electric fence around the entirety of my fields and it’s run off of a solar powered battery. This area is about 3/4 of an acre, small enough for me to manage on my own and grow into.

I am an advocate of working smart and then hard. Because deer are my main pest up here, I had to think about their capabilities. We all know they can jump very high. They can also just very far. But you know what? They cannot jump very high and very far at the same time! In order to work smart first, I installed a double perimeter fence. The hard work followed. To give you a visual, if I were to draw this on paper, you’d see a box within a box. The inner fence is seven feet tall and has four wire electric strands. Next, the outer fence is four feet away and five feet tall with two electric wire strands. The wire is thin and hard to see so taking a photo won’t help. More importantly, it’s confusing for the deer to sense where it is so they won’t attempt such feat. And, honestly, I sure hope they don’t because I really don’t want to redo the fence.

Below is my doodle friend, Sampson. He’s like velcro and doesn’t ever want to leave my side.

 He doesn’t want to miss a moment!

He doesn’t want to miss a moment!