Building Our Goat Shelter (Part One)

Last November, we moved from our *very* inner city house, to a house in a suburb with an acre of land. We had already had chickens in the city (yes, we were urban farmers!) and we knew we wanted to expand our small farm experience. We decided that goats would be the best next step.

We knew that we wanted to build the goat shelter for ourselves, and that we didn’t want to spend a ton of money since we were already investing heavily in electric fencing and solar charger. I searched the internet far and wide, and my husband and I agreed we would use pallets to build our shelter.

There are a TON of free patterns out there for goat shelters built out of pallets. The problem with them (for me) is that they look like they are built out of pallets. We live in a suburb. We have close neighbors who can see our yard all around, and whose own lawns are pristine and manicured. I didn’t want to make anyone angry by throwing up a shambled together shed for our goats.

My husband was completely up for challenge and he surpassed my expectations in every way. We started by collecting as many pallets as we could. Basically this meant frequent visits to Lowe’s, Southern States (a local farm co-op), and other places that regularly have free pallets. We started by trying to take the pallets apart, but we don’t have one of those fancy pallet take apart tools that lots of other people use, and taking the pallets apart was difficult, time-consuming, and it broke a lot of the boards.

My husband says to me, “I think we should do this as wood shingles.” I had no idea what he meant. I mean, I know what wood shingles are, but I couldn’t picture it. So, he cut up some pallets and laid it out so I could see what it looked like.

GORGEOUS! So now we knew how we were going to make it and that it was going to look amazing. I’ll continue our journey in the next post.

Hello world!

The very first thing you learn when you are learning a new computer language is how to write “Hello world!” to the screen/output desired. True to that standard, here is my “Hello world!” blog post.

I’ve been working with computers all of my life. I built my first server at the age of 13 with nothing but a box of parts and a book. I taught myself Visual Basic in the same manner. I continued my studies at Liberty University’s computer science program where I was first introduced to relational databases. I happen to love databases and data for that matter. Today, I work as a consultant and do work with Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, and anything else that happens to come up. I love learning about new technologies. I currently work with my dad, Andy Leonard, at Enterprise Data and Analytics.

As for my personal life, I am a wife to Antony Trupe. We’ve been married since July 26, 2006. We have three awesome children: Alex, Gabe, and Ellie. We homeschool all three of them for now. I am active in our homeschool co-op as a teacher and the current webmaster for the group. In addition to our kids, we also have two cats (Jack and Ginger), three goats (Rosabell, and her two little boys), a collection of chickens, and thousands of bees. I enjoy baking and making novelty cakes. I also dabble in sewing a little bit. I am an avid coffee drinker as well – my favorite right now is either Joe Bean’s (a local drive thru coffee shop) or Death Wish Coffee.

I’m hoping to use this blog to help spread any knowledge that I have acquired throughout the years, whether it be about computing, baking, animal husbandry, homeschooling, or homesteading. Thank you for visiting!