Mapping out the homestead

So, my last assignment in order to complete my course with Dr. Jane Goodall’s ‘Roots and Shoots’ program (A.K.A.: Compassionate Leadership Through Service Learning with Jane Goodall and Roots & Shoots), is to complete a ‘Campaign Plan.’ As a part of the process of creating such an important step – one needs to create mapping over your local area. Since, all of the education, conservation will be happening after we relocate to New Zealand in 2019 – I felt, it would be best to create the project around the Butterfly Forests Homestead. πŸ™‚

The mapping I learned from ‘Roots and Shoots’ on Coursera, will help me further establish an overview layout of the homestead over the property, locate community areas where I can network/make a difference for the better [community/human, animal and environment], tag wildlife areas where I can explore with Daniel and see if we can help where needed there, tag public buildings that hold resources and materials, to various other important planning.

I can also go back to the map, in the future to update and review how our progress is moving along – and if there is anything we might of missed or want to add. πŸ™‚ In the future, we will incorporate mapping that will show opportunities for youth and adult programs on the Butterfly Forests Homestead; once we have all of ‘our-ducks-in-order.’ ❀

Children and adults of all ages will eventually become a big-apart of the community that is the Butterfly Forests Homestead and Rosetwig Music Hall. First, we need to plan it out in the states and get the base approved first. πŸ˜‰ Volunteers (teenagers to adults) will be helping build the main house and bathroom, once we make touch down onto our property in February-March of 2019. We shall post up a public event on Facebook for people to sign up for various workshops and future programs. There will be a sliding-scale fee to attend the workshops. In the early fall of this year (TBA), Daniel and I shall post the first pubic event/workshop. ❀ πŸ™‚

Link to property:


Butterfly Forests Homestead Designs

Getting closer to what we are envisioning the Butterfly Forests Homestead to look like. ❀

Once we get the blue prints drawn out the way we’d like (geotec report might modify things in early summer) we shall be conversing with an Earth Builder professional from the Far North District, NZ to make sure the blue prints are professionally designed and structurally sound. Then the last parter is to send the blueprints to the Far North District Council, to see if it shall be accepted.

Onward to the loft design and side views of the main house! πŸ˜€ =^__^=


*Below image (Update: 3/23/18)
Front view of the Butterfly Forests Homestead. The main beams and support beams could very-well change, as I continue researching about the foundations of wooden supports in cob homes. Also, what the Far North District’s requirements are of building a structurally-sound home. ❀ πŸ™‚

Front veiw

NZ-D.O.C. Online Training Courses

Yesterday afternoon, I was checking online to see how the Predator Free New Zealand 2050 program is moving along. While looking further into it, I found there are online free courses one can take; to better understand how I can help (we plan upon purchasing plots of old cattle land, that is far too hilly for a local to place a home on).

Once purchasing the ‘no-one-wants-it’/’it’s-been-on-the-market-for years’ plots, we will be slowly transforming the land back to native bush. Each plot shall become pockets of wildlife sanctuaries. I was thinking of having each wildlife sanctuary, have a trail through it – which leads to a small platform for viewing visitors. . Possibly, a volunteer/intern could watch over the land (park ranger in training).

Also we shall be creating a foundation (name of wildlife foundation TBA) for donation proceeds which help protect our wildlife sanctuaries, etc. Part of the funds, (have not crunched percentages, numbers yet) will be coming from sales made in the Flutterby CSA/Store on the Butterfly Forests Homestead.
Whilst taking my five week online course in Disease prevention of Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) from the Association for Butterflies; I shall be also be studying in conservation of NZ wildlife. ❀ πŸ™‚ *Such a bounty of knowledge at my fingertips (and classes in person) this year! πŸ˜€ Not only am I strengthening my intellect, but also my body. πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

Since late October of last year, I have been going to the gym and taking membership classes (cycling, yoga, Pilates, Zumba and kickboxing). πŸ˜€ It is very-important to be in tip-top shape for the Butterfly Forests Homestead. There will be long days of physically lifting earth to build our home, helping lift large (re-salvaged hopefully) timber for the supporting beams, to just overall daily working hard on the farm. πŸ™‚

I do not want to find myself burn-out by the end of the first week of building our home. I would feel absolutely silly sitting/standing on the side-lines,Β  while twenty or so COB/natural earth builders are working tirelessly/more fit than me on a dream I’ve been planning for years.. Plus, I would just feel bad with not doing my part. πŸ™‚

Link to New Zealand’s Department of Conservation online free courses, can be found here:Β


Looking forward to taking a mosaic class with sweetheart on the 17th. 😊🌺 Learning how to create mosaics, will be an important skill to learn for our future. Daniel and I plan upon having a few mosaic details implemented in our house, after the COB has been completed. πŸ¦‹ … Dining room table, the kitchen and bathroom – for example could have mosaic details.

When we have completed the class, I will come back to this blog post and update it with photos. ❀

Stay tuned!
Update: 2/17/18′

Had a really fun time taking the taster class with darling this morning-afternoon. ❀ πŸ™‚ I shall be taking two more classes, at the same location in Arlington, MA – which are for advanced artists. I have found, I am currently more in the abstract style of Mosaics. Which, I am not surprised with myself. haha πŸ˜› πŸ™‚ Tomorrow morning, I shall be placing the mortarΒ into the spaces of the glass and tile.