I thought a raised bed solution would tackle a few things at once:
1) create a soft, high loamy mound to plant into that is layers of hay and soil excavated from ditches.
2) deal with wet foot problem for new plants by giving water a place to escape.
3) create a tight garden that uses as much of the space as efficiently as possible. The overall project only ended up taking roughly 8' x 7' and will have a lot of areas for plant growth.
I think the pictures explain themselves and have added a lot of notes to them. I will plan to add more when snows melt and I get my new plants into these mounds and get started! I plan on doing onions, garlic, herbs, tomatoes, squash, berries and other misc. within a few months!