I'm in Ohio....nobody seems to want to move to Ohio! But it's a really nice place! (a little crowded)
I'm basically starting from scratch, so there's a long road ahead with lots of work to be done.
My kids are almost grown and I'm not really looking for more (right now, although I could probably be convinced to change my mind!)
Good news to follow.......
I live in Ohio! We get plenty of rain, consistently. We are very close to the largest concentration of freshwater in the world! The great lakes! We don't have earthquakes or hurricanes. Temps are usually good, sometimes ok, and rarely horrible but always changing! There are markets all around for whatever we produce. Wind and solar power are both viable options here.
We'd be starting from scratch! Which means a clean slate. At least 5 acres to start, about 80 available if we can make it work. Most of the 5 acres is wooded, one small creek running through it. Lots of conventionally farmed ground around (big ag > ) The main focus is a couple of acres that have been fallow for about 15 years, currently have nice stand of pasture on it. The farm is unique because it sits on the continental divide in Ohio. Water from the northeast part of the farm drains to Lake Erie, water from the rest drains to the Gulf of Mexico. As such we're also pretty flat! The farm has been in my family for well over 100 yrs, I'm looking to continue that streak but bring it into the new reality of sustainable, clean production.
I do have a lot of tools, transportation, availability of equipment to borrow if needed, plenty of gardeningexperience.
I grew up on a dairy farm which is the same farm that I'm currently trying to transform. This means that there is also lots of buildings, some family around to help out in emergencies. It also means that I have a lot of experience and knowledge raising animals.
We currently have about 30 laying hens, 3 goats, 2 dogs.
I've been going down the organic, sustainabiltiy path for a few years now. The real breakthrough for me was discovering this website! All the information I was looking for and didn't know where to look or even what questions to ask!
I'm 45 yo....been in a few relationships, been married. I'd like to believe I have a good perspective on building a lasting relationship ( I think)
I have a small business making Non-GMO feed for small flocks,herds. It's growing quite well and is a good compliment to the farm.
I think my farm is an ideal place to run classes in the future, anything along the lines of natural production or permaculture design
Any questions? Please reply in this thread. I'll answer them if it's not too personal!
And you can always send me a PM
A lot has happened since I started this thread! I started a feed business with a friend of mine. We make all natural, non gmo , non soy feed for all your animals! Our motto is ' you are what your animals eat'.
The feed business has allowed for development of the land mentioned in the first post. Some acreage was sold, but I was able to rent the remaining 50 acres of my family homestead! We have converted all the land formerly in big ag into pasture. We have a herd of pastured heritage pigs and also laying hens. We do broilers as well and are working hard to develop a market for everything.
I'm still looking for that woman who can work with me to take this to the next level! We're committed to all natural, permaculture techniques throughout the farm. We have 2 years of sales with the feed company and growing all the time. There is a 'real' opportunity here! The business side of things is established and I have too much to handle!
Please purple mooseage me to find out more details. Seriously.....theres a lot more details....it would take hundreds of words to fully explain everything we have going on here!
Hester.....I guess I'm selling both!
We all know it's hard to make a living doing permaculture and I have sorta found a niche that works.
If there is someone out there who really wants to live permaculture principles and practices, you can be assured that it's not just a dream or distant goal. It's working every day and getting better every day!
If, on top of that, 2 of us like minded I individuals can come together on a personal level that would be awesome!
Hi Scott, love what you are up to over there. I just kind of stumbled onto this site and had no idea there were personals on here! Love to talk to you and exchange pics and learn more. How does that work privately? Do you have a private email?