The Power Of A Work Station


I have done things the hard way for so long that I am truly amazed when I get something working right.  In “Industrious But Not Too Bright” I told about how I was  hauling 5 gallon buckets from the creek through the mud to water the rabbits and the goats that were in the lower barn at that time.  The pig scrap buckets were not rinsed out and the rabbit water bottles were not washed.

Then I got the water pipes to the garden fixed and had the awesome pleasure of watering with a hose.  That made things so much easier, but I was still not getting some things done that would require me to haul things to the house or bend over for extended periods of time.  I know that the hose was working fine…..sorta.  We filled a bucket with water then filled the rabbit bottles from there.  But we didn’t clean them very often, but the scrap buckets were rinsed.  It was a huge step in the right direction.

The other day I went a bought an old sink from a recycle place and made a 2X4 stand for it.  It did not have any knobs so I plugged both tops and one side of the faucet assembly.  To the other side we put a car water heater hose and clamped it to provide the water.  Then it was attached to our hose with a Y attachment.  What a great investment in time and resources!

This work station is beside the lower barn and serves to water the rabbits, chickens and ducks.  Now I have the water at the right height, I have the rocks there to use as scrubbing agents for the rabbit watering bottles, and a scrub brush sitting right there where it is easily used on messy buckets.  And these tools are not scattered all over the ground looking cluttered and messy.  I have soap there to wash my hands when I am done in the garden.  I can even get a glass of water if I am thirsty.  I still have a hose nozzle for bigger jobs like cleaning carrying cages and tent sides.

This is not a new concept for me.  I just seem to forget how great it is while I labor away at daily tasks.

I have my dairy room.  That is truly my favorite work station.  It is arranged, stocked, and a very efficient work area.  There are tools available so I don’t have to run after anything.  I even have hot and cold running water……..and lights.  What a concept. The power here is that I don’t have to run my milking equipment and jars in and out of the house taking up space in my kitchen.  I have a dedicated refrigerator so milk doesn’t overflow in my house.  I don’t have to overlap myself as I do the everyday chores that come with the farm.


I have my greenhouse.  It is out of commission right now, but I am getting it back into production soon.  It had all the tools that I needed for starting plants and taking care of them…..including running water.  Working in there was a pleasure, especially in the early spring when I was desperate to get out of the house.


I have my lower barn.  We have just repaired half of it and it is now arranged to be efficient and stocked with whatever I will need.  Tools, feed, extra equipment.  There is no running water in that barn…..or lights.  But it is efficient and will be more so when we get the other half rebuilt.  Maybe I will put the freestanding sink in there.  I also have some plans for an awesome water provider for the chickens.  Stay tuned.  I will let you know if it works like I think it will.   The power again is in doing the everyday work more efficiently.  And when we get efficient, we can get a lot more done in the long run.

And I have a lot to get done.

What are your favorite workstations?

About Janolyn

I am a mother of 5 wonderful children, 4 boys and 1 girl. During the years that my children were growing up, we grew most of our own food with a vegetable garden, many fruit trees and berry patches. I grew flowers for joy. We milked goats and raised our own meats and eggs. I learned to make my own cheeses, butter, canned foods, sourdough, and fermented foods. I made our own health products like soap, hand creams, lip balm, and herbal tinctures. We live off the power grid and have learned to do without conveniences that most Americans consider essential. The land clearing and building has been mostly accomplished with hand tools; some of them even the right tool for the job. After a couple of miscarriages between #2 and #3 due to “standard medical procedures”, I consulted a midwife and my last 3 children were born safely at home. That was when I was first alerted to the fact that doctors did not know everything nor would they have the time to share it with their patients if they did. As I learned the basic principles of heath-through-nutrition from my midwife, I learned alternative gardening practices from her husband. That introduction started a lifelong love of learning the practical life of our ancestors. I want to share what I have been learning with you and learn from those who are also living a sustainable life.

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