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Kathleen Sanderson
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Location: Near Klamath Falls, Oregon
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I'm not sure this was the right forum for this, but didn't see a better one.  I've been living in Eastern Oregon (high desert) for about fourteen years, and am getting ready to move to Kentucky in a couple of months to be closer to my oldest daughter and my grandchildren.  One of the granddaughters is living with me so she can be homeschooled -- she's fifteen and a big help, and has interests that are permaculture and homesteading related; she wants to keep bees (her grandpa is a beekeeper, and I have two hives for her to get started with).  She also wants to raise cut flowers and earthworms to sell. We plan to have a vegetable garden and fruit and nut trees, berries, other perennials, and poultry.  If the place we buy is suitable, we'll have a couple of dairy goats and possibly a few sheep (I've raised goats for over thirty years, though I don't have any right now, and have also had sheep).  I'm interested in forest gardening, and also want to be sure we have a good supply of firewood from our own property. 

There are several properties that I'm looking at, with anywhere from two acres (owned by a family member of my daughter's husband, so we'll look at it, though I really want more land) up to 31 acres.  The ones with wooded areas mostly are steep (except for one that has a house that may need a lot of work -- there are no interior photos in the on-line page for it).  The ones that aren't steep are mostly cleared and in pasture or possibly brushy.  The cleared, level or near-level places would be easier to work with, but we would have to buy our firewood, at least for a few years.  Also they are smaller acreages, mostly around four acres.  I'm going to look at several places the last weekend of September (Sept. 30 and Oct. 1).  Most of the properties are in south-central Kentucky, though a couple are in the eastern end of the state, and one is up near the Ohio River, SW of Cincinnati (my daughter lives between Cincinnati and Dayton, so it would be the closest to her of any of the places I'm looking at). 

Suggestions?  Would you choose the larger acreages with more woods, even though they tend to be steeper?  Or the smaller more level parcels that are mostly open? 

Also would love to talk to people who are gardening/growing in that area, as it's a new climate for me.

Thanks,

Kathleen
 
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