Hi, Mama! Yay and Congrats. We are in a similar situation, in that our "someday" dream of a farm looks like a real possibility suddenly and we are on the cusp of buying a beautiful 10 acre parcel....we have to figure out a house, too, though!
Anyway, this has come about so suddenly that my mind is spinning from having to think of so many things and so quickly. I have been dreaming of our homestead for a long time, but I never envisioned 10 acres! I want to do this so badly, but I have to carefully consider safety and my children. I have 3 too, or will soon. I can also tell you that I have been gardening on a smaller scale since my oldest was a baby and so I have some ideas about how to keep them safe while working in the garden...
In a word, it's fencing. I lived on a couple of acres when my first was a toddler, and we had a small play yard fenced around the house and patio in the backyard. And then my garden was (at first, anyway) just on the other side of that fence. That worked really well, and we were close enough to see each other and talk. Now I garden in just a smallish city backyard, so of course that's different, but our gardens are protected from the toddler and dog (and older son) by individual fences that we made from wooden trellis sections (and 1x2s, i think it is). It's not high and it's really convenient. Our small yard is mostly filled with these gardens, so there is a lawnmower's width of path between and around them...this has been fun for ds in that he has pathways like roads for driving his ride-ons and running around. I am kindof thinking of adapting this with the other idea and have a double fence around my gardens at the new place...I think this is a good way to protect the garden from deer, as well as giving the little ones a safe play space nearby but separate from the garden.
I am planning to have long raised beds, i think, or some kind of square foot garden bed layout, near the house for the kitchen garden, and I am thinking of these with those fences. I am also thinking we will have long rows out back for beans, corn, melons, and etc. I guess I am thinking those long rows won't need as much close tending and work from me! Or if there is a safe fenced yard for the kids, then I will be free to go out there, and I could hear them, I am sure. Or maybe I could have a bucket swing for the baby to watch me garden back there... The chicken coop and yard will be just on the other side of the play yard, too, I think. Although I am hoping the little boys can come with me to tend chickens? I haven't had hens before.
It's a lot to think about! I am worried about the creek and a high bridge over rocks! But also thinking my boys will be trained to the dangers and able to roam free (not really little boys, though, of course; when they are older). I am also thinking each boy (once they are roaming) will each have their dog who will always go with them. I will like to hear others' ideas, too!