Once we have our first phase of infrastructure complete, we plan to start building our stables. Each of these stables will have apartments in order to minimize our footprint and maximize our program capabilities. To begin, we plan to build what will be a guest barn with an apartment for program participants and for boarding and guest horses, but in the short term, it will serve as the primary stables. We are considering using a prefabricated company, such as BarnPros, in order to have a more predictable cost. Initial estimates put this building at $600,000 for eight stalls and a 3-5-bedroom apartment (depending on which floor plan we choose).
The next consideration is either a covered regulation arena (20mx60m) or a broodmare barn with an apartment. The covered arena will allow us to conduct programs, including Meadow Meditation sessions, out of the weather if it is foul, and it will also allow for more flexibility in training. The estimated cost for this arena is approximately $350,000.
We also will need to build a broodmare barn, also with an apartment. This would allow us to house more program participants or even staff onsite with proper foaling stalls so that we can resume our breeding operation. We are still designing the floorplan of this barn, though we estimate it will have a similar cost of the guest barn. Additionally, a small barn for the young stallions is also needed, providing a small apartment for working students. This barn is estimated to cost $350,000.
However, in addition to buildings, we are also planning out our garden spaces. We plan to add several kinds of gardens:
- Lavender Labyrinth
- Miscellaneous fruit and vegetable gardens
These gardens will serve the community by providing fresh fruits and vegetables as well as enhancing the respite spaces for program participants. We plan to use as many heirloom varieties as possible in order to preserve some of these unique cultivars.
We hope to begin this phase in 2024 and estimate it will be finished in 2027.