A plot of land just went back on the market. It adjoins my place, and would expand my 11.x acres by 20. It's mostly forest, 25 year old fir.
My short term goal would be to have more room for rotation of pigs, a dairy operation, pastured/forested chickens and a CSA. My aspiration LONG (but intend to start right away) term is to setup a permaculture community/village and training center, with eventually subdivision parcels etc. in non-profit model addition- for this I know I'll need a partner who does excavation, design, perhaps an investor for legal fees etc unless the community chipped in. Here's the dilemma. I don't have $70k liquid, but it might be in the existing property by way of timber. If I logged all conifer and converted the existing (in blue) back to grazing (this is what it is zoned for), and bought the other, would it make sense? It's a tempting decision but I want to do right by the land. On one hand a system that incorporates both properties would provide lots of food, and more diversity. On the other, it is risky because I have no heavy equipment and it will need to gradually purchased. I can't do something on this scale alone, but with partners and/or and intentional community generating revenue with training, it could be possible.
I met a very old man a few weeks ago in the course of my business. He's made his living farming, and we were talking about life, careers, farming, and land.
I don't know if I agree with this myself, but he told me, "Whenever you get the chance to buy adjoining land, just close your eyes and write the check."
Like I said, I don't know if I agree with it. But he's been around about sixty years longer than I have, and I know that's worth something. Just a bit of information to weigh as you make your decision.
Paul had something similar arise out there in Montana. He found souls interested in purchasing the land of a like mind. In the end I think all will benefit from working together. Maybe you could find someone who you would equally work well with that has similar goals to purchase the land so you may both benefit. Just a thought.
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