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for our open source plans. See our proposed phases below.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS
Every person has their own system of how they manage projects and we’re no different! Here is how we categorize our projects.
If something can be done without a lot of planning, we just get it done! If it’s a business related task that we need to track costs, then we’ll create a simple work order.
Not yet a program, but not a simple project either. If a project may involve contractors, then we may request what’s called a Statement of Work from the contractors. This puts it in writing what our requirements are, and what they promise to provide to complete the project.
This is a longer term project management system that may produce one or more programs and projects as a result of going through the process of planning.
For instance, our first program is titled “A career in homesteading” but what does that consist of?
There would be setting up and maintaining a homestead (a program with many projects).
But what about Domestic Kitchen on the property? That’s another program that needs to managed with its own projects.
A food co-op? Yet another program with its own projects.
WHAT ARE WE DOCUMENTING?
It started with wanting a coffee house. Then we found out that start up restaurants can’t always get the best deals. Wholesale accounts require a minimum order, business history, credit history, and so on. We closed the coffee house to re-plan. That led to the idea of starting our own market garden and buying club so we can have purchase power with our subscribers. And then it happened…
Circumstances were not kind to us, and we ended up at a place we call Secret Haven. It gave us a chance to get a taste of permaculture and off-grid living at the worst of worst circumstances. Through extreme poverty. If you would like more information about this journey, please visit our HOMESTEAD BLOG (opens new tab).
So, what happens when you lose everything and you can’t see Yehovah’s (God’s) will? We keep going, until we find out what His will is for us. And that brings us to the Program we’ll call “A career in homesteading” and we’ll just have to wait and see what happens with it.
Our proposed phases:
PHASE 1: Create the Program Plan
During this phase, we’ll first set up the documentation we need to manage a program and its projects. (We are currently in this phase.)
- Intro Video (embedded on this page you’re reading)
- Program Plan Diagram (the big picture)
- Program Plan Diagram Details (the segments of the big picture)
- Behind the scenes videos, journal entries and articles
- Action Plan
- Templates you can download
- Time for Tea! (Steering Committee meetings online (live stream) (That’s you! You’re our steering committee.) Time for Tea! is Southern-style. We are working on plans to make this into a talk-show that addresses homesteading as a business, and hope to have guest speakers.
Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom. ~Ecclesiastes 9:10Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. ~Colossians 3:23
PHASE 2: Set up a homestead
As much as we want to stay at Secret Haven and make this property our homestead, it may only be a temporary home for us. We may have to find another property, but if Yehova is willing, we will find a place and make homesteading our career.
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business, and make a profit.” You do not even know what will happen tomorrow! What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord is willing, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your proud intentions. All such boasting is evil. Therefore, whoever knows the right thing to do, yet fails to do it, is guilty of sin. ~James 4:13-17
PHASE 3: Food Co-Op
PHASE 4: Outreach to the Homeless
We hope that all the things we’ve gone through and learned so far is so we will know how to reach the homeless. Only Yehova knows the outcome of our journey. If not through us, then perhaps our open source plans will inspire others to put our plans to action.