Homesteading, Organic Gardening, How to Farm, Preparedness, Self-Reliance
In my last blog post, I talked about going to see 218 acres with a historic farm house and barn.
We awaited with ancipation for our appointment time to arrive and left ahead of schedule to make sure we got there on time.
As we approached the land, we had to cross over a very narrow bridge that went over the creek that bordered the front of the property. I ask the owner if it ever flooded and she said that if there was a heavy rain, sometimes you had to wait 1 to 1.5 hours to get in or out of the property. To me that was strike one because since my entire family has to commute to our jobs, I knew that wouldn't be an option.
The access road up to the house and barn was strike 2. We would have all had to have 4 wheel drive vehicles to get to the property.
The owners went out of their way to haul us around the property on their mule (5 seater ATV). We waited with anticipation to see the pasture, but out of the 218 acres, there was maybe 20 acres of useable pasture, if that. No ponds or lakes on the property.
When we saw the house and barn that was strike 3. We need the house to be able to house a family of 5. It was too small of a house and frankly so old that it didn't appear safe. Nor did the barn. So, as so many of these land adventures, turn out, we didn't like it.
So we are back to the original property we fell in love with until something better comes around or until we figure we have enough saved to cover the down payment and all the closing costs.
We may go look at a 58 acre place with 2 ponds and more pasture than any of the places we've seen yet. If we do, I'll post our thoughts on that adventure. In the meantime, happy land hunting to all!
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