After a summer of planning and working with the town on permits, excavation began in October. After clearing of a few trees, the footings were dug. I was pleased with how little disturbance was required.
Here you can see a run of rebar – these are very long, 20+ feet.
Instead of using ground rods, I went with a preferred method of grounding to 20′ lengths of rebar in the footings. This is called an “ufer”. A ground is also run back to the main panel in the house.