R & R On the Homestead

To us, part of being a homesteader is to always Repurpose and Reuse when we can. It’s a wonderful way to reduce waste on the homestead but also saves quite a bit of money. One of our favorite recyclables are pallets.

Pallets have an almost limitless R&R potential, and they’re relatively easy to get a hold of. You can find them listed on places like marketplace, Craigslist, or local buy and sell pages ranging from free to $4 a piece. Here’s a couple of recent projects we have used them for on our homestead. ***I am no carpenter****😂

Framed out our mini barn for chickens and goats. The back wall is 5 pallets wide, and the sides are 2 pallets wide.
Chicken side, goat side is same size but on the other end
Feed storage space. Will have a drop down milking stand eventually.
Walled in with plywood and 4×4 posts to support the roof.

Just need some hardware to hang the door and the gates and some rubber roofing to finish the job. In all we’ve spent about $400 (including the estimate for needed supplies). Not a bad deal. finished space is approx 8×16. Compared to a kit you can find at our local home improvement stores: 8×8 kit runs about $800. I’ve doubled our space for half the cost.

You can also make a nice looking garden fence with them. If you have deer issues you can stack them two high. A roll of heavy duty deer fencing (8x330ft) runs between $300-$400. I’ll be using some left over chicken wire and other salvaged materials to block off the bottom 18 inches to keep the rabbits out. I also like our homestead to be pleasing to the eye. So with the money we saved by implementing R&R we will grab a gallon of paint and throw a pop of color on to it.

Repurposing and reusing is a great habit to practice in all aspects of our lives. Spring is here so let’s get creative!

By Awaneechee

I am daughter, I am learner of the traditions. I carry them forward so that the Elders and Ancestors may be remembered for all time. I am also Mother. I am here so that the image of The Mothers love could be brought into existence. I shall always carry the sacredness of this honor with me.

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