Thanks for sharing- you have a knack for delivery in front of a camera, you may be able to leverage that as a resource by developing a YouTube series of interesting farms and homesteads in Texas (you get YouTube traffic which can develop a nice financial side gig from advertising clicks, landowner gets a neat resource to share to friends/customers. Every share from a landowner to the video they recommend opens up the door for the viewer to watch all of your videos). Just a thought.
What is the drinking water situation for making the move in 2017? As you are a couple hours from where you live now to the land I'm assuming you will be changing jobs?
http://www.1880farm.com Central Texas, USDA Zone 8b, Temperate Grassland, 34″ annual rain, 52 acres of bottom land, with approx 4-5 acres in young woodland and 2.2 acres in ponds (or tanks, as they are called in Texas)
Great video, you did a great job using the drone and hand held to give some good idea of where stuff is and how your place is laid out.
It is funny, drones have become quite popular with homestead channels. A year ago when I started building a drone, nobody was doing drone footage really. Now I see drone footage on numerous channels.
As for advice. Best advice to give is work on installing some water retention. Swales and other water collection to maximize the water that falls on your property. Sooner you can install it, sooner it helps replenish the aquifer under your place. That you have a pond with water is a good sign you have a good water table. But it can always be helped out.
"Where will you drive your own picket stake? Where will you choose to make your stand? Give me a threshold, a specific point at which you will finally stop running, at which you will finally fight back." (Derrick Jensen)
These are great replies THANK YOU!!! Our drinking water plan is a coop from the county. So not exactly city water but close I guess. It costs $22k for a well that has to be drilled 900ft (same from 5 quotes). So the plan is to get the city water plus 10-20k gallons of rain water harvesting.
Haha. Yes $8000 for fence posts is expensive. Sorry about the misunderstanding, I was referring to that cost to get electricity company poles back to the back of the property. BUT THANK YOU for the great advise for the electric posts and wire fencing. I will need it!!!
And yes...lots and lots of drones flying around now. I've been flying mine since May of 2016. And just now getting some good use out of it.
Thank you all for your kind words and advise!!!
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