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First Steps! Foothills of NC

 
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Howdy,
I've posted a few and read more posts all over these forums. This community has been a wealth of information, so thank you! My wife and I have started making our first official steps toward making our dream a reality. We've decided on the foothills/ edge of the mountains of NC between Asheville and Spartanburg. We found 20 acres at a steal price, it had already been roughly cleared and had a driveway roughed in. The only thing we have to do is build and connect the house up, then, of course, build up pastures, vegetable, and grain plots, then orchards etc... The property is definitely not homestead turn-key, but we are up to the challenge and looking forward to the journey the whole way! The eventual goal is to produce a fully functional homestead with sustainable practices, with a big focus on community outreach and an educational center. Pictures will be up shortly as we haven't had time to break away from our day jobs to get out to the property in a while. I'll keep you all posted as it progresses.
 
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Hi Joe;  Congratulations on finding your land!  
You have a long road ahead but you know where your headed!
Don't forget to stop on by and keep us posted on your new adventure!
We will leave the light on!
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Welcome, Joe!  Looking forward to your posts!  
 
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Welcome Joe! Looking forward to hearing more about your adventures. We moved to Western NC about 3 years ago. We love it.
Best of luck
 
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Hi Joe. I live in the same general area. Welcome. I discovered that I could get a ton of woody plants cheap from Missouri State department of forestry delivered here to NC. Persimmons, chickesaw plums, elderberry, nut trees, mulberry, paw paw, etc. Something to consider for next fall/winter planting season.
 
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We just recently moved to NC as well! We moved closer to the Asheville area.

 
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Thanks everyone for the love! One of the things I'm noticing is how wet the county is! Holy cow, I grew up about an hour from where we will be and I knew about the rain forest in the Appalachians but I thought it was mainly around Pisgah. This winter has been unusually wet it seems but still. I'm having to rethink some ideas I have for livestock. If anyone has pointers about some rain/heat tolerant fiber livestock that'd be great. I'll creep around the critters form but figure I'd post here as well.
 
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When I lived in Cherryville, NC (Cleveland county) everyone seemed to have Dorper (hair) sheep if that interests you. In Henderson county I see a lot of goats and hair sheep. Edit: oh I see you said fiber. I have recently gotten Merino fiber from a farm in Zicronia, NC.
 
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Looking foward to seeing your progress!
 
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