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The Birth of Frog Hollow! My new 80 acre baby.

 
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So I've been working as a cabinetmaker in NYC for about ten years now. It's been very interesting to say the least. Being raised in KY I've always had a thirst for the wilds. After many years of fantasizing and shit talking I've gone and done the deed.....or the lease , I should say. I've signed a 20 year lease on 80 acres of (mostly) pasture and also gone and purchased some pregnant pigs and several hundred Barred Rock pullets. I have to admit that it may have been a wee impetuous. There's not a run of fence on the place that don't need mending or replacing and I reckon I need about 3000 more feet of field fence to be built. But I'm confident and reasonably intelligent. I'm married to this operation and if it dies it's cuz I did first.

I'm looking forward to y'all's feedback.

Peace
Jonni

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Sounds good Jonathan, will you be doing woodworking too?

Be sure to post pictures as you go along!
 
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I always will. There's a small shop on the owners portion of the property that they've expressed an interest in growing. I have a powermatic 66 and a small jointer and planer I'll probably contribute to the situation. I need money for the farm op so I might sell the tooling to facilitate that.
 
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I'll post many pictures and also creat a flickr / Instagram thingy.
 
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Looks like it will be a beautiful place. Might want to, if you haven't already checked it out, look up Mark Sheppard for some inspiration. His farm has been developed in a way to allow diverse food harvests and still be perfect for rotational grazing. Looking forward to seeing how things progress!
 
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I've read Restoration Agriculture and have even gifted a couple of copy's. I like the acres over acres design / philosophy. I appreciate Shepard's model and will try to integrate into my operation. However, Walter Jeffries and his blog gives me the most inspiration.
 
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So I'm talking to folks and trying to do my due diligence but I really have no idea what to do now. I'm married to this business but I am having the most difficult time wrapping my head around how to get some startup capital. Does anybody have experience starting this way?
 
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congrats and good luck, sure seems you have the correct mindset going in.

post pictures!
 
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