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Cowboyfan89
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re: what would you be looking to see in a homestead/family farm property?
I can tell you what we are doing on the 10 acre property we just purchased. I have my garden put in already, with plans to install an irrigation system and a small shed near the garden. I'm working on removing a useless hedge to replace with blueberries. I will eventually put in muscadines and blackberries, as well as some strawberry beds, and have already started a small orchard. The property has about 20 Pecan trees on it, as well as persimmons and mulberries. I will probably add some plum trees eventually.

On the acreage around the house, I'm eventually going to have chickens. That will involve some form of coop and yard for them. The remaining acreage will be used for livestock--mostly small livestock, but will probably keep a cow/calf pair, with the calf being for slaughter.

There's other things we are doing as well that aren't necessarily food producing, but will compliment everything else. Native plant gardens to support beneficial insects, pollinators, birds, etc., which will serve to pollinate and provide pest control for the food crops. It's also more sustainable due to less inputs to maintain.

It's really a holistic land management approach that we are talking. It's not just about producing the food, but being sustainable. If you want something highly marketable, look into permaculture. That's the way the homestead is going.


bengalman
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I can tell you what we are doing on the 10 acre property we just purchased. I have my garden put in already, with plans to install an irrigation system and a small shed near the garden. I'm working on removing a useless hedge to replace with blueberries. I will eventually put in muscadines and blackberries, as well as some strawberry beds, and have already started a small orchard. The property has about 20 Pecan trees on it, as well as persimmons and mulberries. I will probably add some plum trees eventually.

Very similar to my 20 acres wooded with just clearing for my house, 1 acre pond, and fruit tree/veggie garden area. That area has planted figs, grapefruit, oranges and lemons. Also planted a hedege of blueberries along my driveway. Will be doing all the small farm animals as well. Pond was stocked with brim and flatheads about 8 mos ago. Its been a lot of work but dam its fun!


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ozktgr
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Perimeter fencing is the only thing I would add. Everyone thinks they want deer on their farm but they will wipe out gardens and fruit trees. I'm constantly trying to keep deer off my 10 acres.


dewster
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Generally good quality fencing around the area that can be monetized (be it around where you'll keep cattle, horses, trees, or crops).
Clean and secure barn with ample storage
No obvious risks of theft or trespassers
Good drainage
Fairly isolated, but still has access to high speed internet.
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bengalman
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Perimeter fencing is the only thing I would add


Its definitely on the list of to do and its gonna be a bitch. Once I move out there permanently its going to happen.


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ozktgr
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I hate building fence even though I have a post driver and auger for my tractor.

You're probably better off waiting a bit. I've seen t post going for $5 per post


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Tear It Up
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My ideal place would be in the Ozarks. I’d want about 30 acres of woods, 20 acres of pasture and a spring fed creek.


cgrand
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interestingly my parents have 80ac in the ozarks just east of pelsor. The property includes both sides of Richland creek just downstream of the spring fed headwaters, and several other small feeder creeks. It has a nice house, two barns and an orchard

beautiful place.
cons are that the summers are miserable...hot, dry, run over with ticks and chiggers, no wildlife to speak of and nothing grows there (soils are rocky and poor). I do not believe that the average person could raise/grow enough food to sustain a family there


BoogaBear
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Oddly enough this is what my wife and I are trying to do. We currently live in a neighborhood, on the outside of city limits. 4,300 sqft house on .75 acres and we do what we can with raised garden beds and all but we want land.

We're going to look at a 20 acre property this week. It has a creek fed pond on it but it is a small pond. Has an old home that is about 2k sqft. Plan would be to purchase, move in, live in old house while we build a barndomenium, large garden, chickens, and damn ducks my wife won't shut up about


cgrand
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very cool
its a nice way to live


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