Hi, new member here but I've posted a few times and hopefully it's been helpful. This site is great, and since finding it I spend some time reading through stuff daily :)
Hopefully this is the right place for this - figured I would make a thread documenting the evolution of a property I found and my mom has recently purchased.
The land is a bit over an hour away from both of us, and we also work full time but I head down every weekend to keep some grass and trails cut, and to immerse myself in the glory of some really nice nature!!
I figure I will post pics and little captions, along with ideas/projects I will be attempting. Also, I will post questions/links, etc. and hopefully people here can find the information useful or maybe even inspiring.
I am a suburb guy with light construction and mechanical background and only recently took deeper interest and became serious about permaculture design, and the importance of biodiveristy and natural landscapes.
I quit my day job several months back and am now a full time farm helper on a local small organic veggie farm and loving every minute! This thread will focus on our personal property and some of the things I am learning about and will attempt to put into practice - long term.
My mom has set it up as a non-profit and hopes to have a small animal sanctuary/rescue ran there, it's a hilly 27.5 acres with 4 ac wooded and 2 small creeks so we have the room to try a little of everything. I plan on living there full time within 8 years.
Pics and more info. to come soon, just figured I'd get it started - thanks to all responsible for such an awesome platform to share ideas
Here is a pic to start - I have a little dual sport bike and rode it down a couple weeks ago. As I was leaving to shut the gate, looked like a nice pic opportunity!
So this is basically the entrance view from the road...you can just see the tip of the old barn over the crest. Going to need to work on getting some gravel in, when it's wet a 2wd car has trouble getting in.
James Freyr wrote:Hey Ty! Glad to have you here at Permies. Here is a link to a how-to page on adding images to a post. Hopefully this will clear things up for you. I'm looking forward to seeing pictures!
Here's the USDA pic...the road area and barn ridge are high points, and drops down 100-150' max to low points (which are mostly the tree line areas, except for the southeast property corner, and southeastern most property corner in the woods are also high points). A good mix of south/west/east facing slopes to have fun experimenting with as time goes on :)
Check out this contraption I made (along with help from 2 friends that have welders) from a lawnmower that had a bad transmission. I needed something cheap to keep barn area and perimeter of land mowed. It is pretty heavy tongue weight, but the atv handles it! Saved a lot of $ doing this, as the frame part attached to the front is made from a bed frame I found in the garbage ;)
It's fun searching the hollers, find all kinds of old stuff cleaning out the creeks - including what appears to be an old farm machete. Maybe for hand chopping crops back in the day? Corn? Tobacco?
Stayed the night for the first time several weeks ago!
Made a little T-post fenced section for the doggies and enjoyed a little night time stir fry without worrying about them running off. It sure is rocky up on the ridge and took several hours to just get this little bit installed.
I feel bad for the turtles that got ran over when a guy cut the fields for hay - I am now exploring other options as I found several more squashed like this :(
Blackberries were abundant, but went out last weekend and didn't find too many left.
I've been managing to pick out a lot of old junk from the creek, back in the day I guess people just tossed things down in the hollers as trash, but times have changed and the creeks are a favorite spot of ours and broken glass and rusty metal don't belong there lol :)
The dogs really love it, and they are purely companion animals but there is a chance the grey one (Dagger) will come back with a rabbit or something one day soon - he has a very strong drive to hunt...I'm a vegetarian but think it would be great if he could sustain himself out there and express his natural instincts in a healthy manner!
Also, stopped by the county extension office and picked up a nice stack of information to try and get myself better acclimated to the ins and outs of land management/ownership in KY.
I have a pretty open mind to possibilities in some kind of farming to generate some income from the land, but first I think we'll get it established as some kind of wildlife habitat area just to start things in the right direction as far as organic and earth-friendly practices go.
In KY, the Department of Fish and Wildlife will send a Wildlife biologist to your land if you are 25 ac. or more and help you with a plan...apparently at no cost - so I am really looking forward to that!
Just let it grow already
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