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!!!!!! Self-Sufficiency in MO -- 10 acres of Eden, looking for a renter who can utilize and appreciate it.  RSS feed

 
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This is the perfect opportunity for someone who cannot afford to purchase land but wants to live the permaculture dream. Or is itching to get started or test out if it is for them while they seek their own piece of heaven. A lot of the hardest part is getting things established and we have done much of that already. Eventually, we do hope to build this into a community as well so I am open to discussing this too. Good location near Salem, Missouri

I must leave for two years at a minimum, so I need to rent out my farm while I am gone. A 2 year contract would be ideal, however I am willing to do anywhere from a 1 year – 5 year lease. I understand just how much work goes into this and I am open to working with someone who will take good care of my property in my absence.

My farm has been being restructured slowly over the last six years. It has a food forest and a variety of perennial delights as well as support species in place. I have been raising almost all my own food for some time now, though I admit I do indulge in pineapple and pistachios sometimes which I am unable to grow in my Salem, Missouri location. I have had to find homes for my animals, and have done so for all farm animals except one registered red wattle sow who just had a litter of 8 lovely piglets. She could be arranged to stay if someone acts fast. As well as the aloe, and 4 well established dragon fruit I keep inside over winter if they are of interest.


There is a stable, stocked ½ acre pond on the property, believed to be spring fed. Many support species in place on property, such as comfrey with its deep rooted nutrient accumulation, and Siberian pea shrub with its nitrogen fixing and fast growth. Both of which work as livestock feed too!

Come Spring, the property is covered in blankets of lovely wildflowers. It always exudes a calming parklike atmosphere. I have been teaching others about aquaponics, permaculture design, rotational grazing, biointensive gardening, and wicking beds. We have established a market garden with over 2,000 strawberry plants, and a large 25ft X 70ft bio-intensive plot. On top of this, we were growing mushrooms and Easter egger eggs. Though a person could really use this property to produce almost any food they wanted, and make a strong living on top of feeding their family. All among lovely established oak trees on the front 2 or so acres, it has been a paradise. I have been producing several thousands of pounds of food every year and feeding several families by myself with a farmhand helping less than 10 hours a week. Even what yard there is, has been geared towards edibility with a plethora of wild edibles such as dandelion, plantain, lambs quarters, sorrel, and the like.


There is a green house, though its wooden ends need redone now. It has a chicken tractor in it that can be used for poultry or rabbits. There is roughly 7 acres of fenced pasture with very nice hog/cattle combo panels surrounding. Meaning a fence strong enough for cattle, pigs, goats, and/or sheep. There is a school bus turned chicken coop and attached duck enclosure. There is a barn with lean-to for animals during nasty weather. There is also a reducing gate system to a loading area for easy loading. We like to use this as a treat area so animals come right on up for their treats every day. There are also dozens of wicking tubs on the property, many with perennial herbs like rosemary, catmint, thyme, and wormwood. Also two 4’X12’ wicking beds that are designed to easily attach trellising, or hoops to for year round gardening. And finally a very nice workshop for winter projects and tool storage.


The house itself is a cozy 2 bedroom, 1 bath with a nice office. It has many built-ins throughout with central heating and air. It has a covered plant room, and spacious pantry. Comes with washer, dryer, refrigerator, stove, and chest freezer. The highlights of the house are a hallway with floor to ceiling lit book shelves and an office with custom made desks and shelving. The roofs of almost all out buildings have guttering for diverting rainwater to storage or plantings as you desire.

I am open to most additions/changes, some things I will be willing to share in the cost of when funds are available. Though I do want to keep most of the established trees/plants. I am asking what I feel is a very reasonable $900/mo because I really want this to go to someone who will care for the established plants on the property. That is why I am even willing to do up to a 5 year lease. Please contact me with any questions at all, at any time and please see the photos and link below to the farms album. We will be updating the album frequently as we get more photos taken, in the process of moving so can be difficult to get pictures taken. There are also two farm cats that are excellent hunters and keep the field mouse and mole populations down that you are welcome to if you want. Someone dropped them off here and they have their shots up to date and have been neutered, both are still young and very loving/easy going kitties. Otherwise I will be getting them homes before I leave.  Property can be available as soon as December 16th. Winter is the best time to get going for the year as you can start getting ready for the growing season now! Pet friendly.

Imgur Album:
https://imgur.com/a/NhhKuxN

Production plants on property:


Tart cherries
Johnson Apple
Black Walnuts
Hickories
Plums (prune, & fresh eating types)
Pears
Sunchokes
Air potatoes
Blackberries
Mulberries
Passion fruit
Over ½ acre of strawberries (setup for market garden)
Gooseberries

Not producing yet but established:

Pecans
Sweet cherries
Pawpaws
Hazelnuts
Aronia
Schisandra berry
Hardy Kiwi

And I am sure there are some I have missed!
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60ft Pie cherry in bloom above upper strawberry beds.
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Back area with barn, fenced pasture, school bus chicken coop, and oak trees.
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View out kitchen window past greenhouse of pond, showing hardy kiwi, oaks, and Siberian pea shrub.
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Front of house - Nacho cat (No he's not yours, he's Nacho cat) on bench.
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Greenhouse just after being built. Holds chicken tractor and aquaponic system.
 
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Updated the imgur album with more photos. It changed the link to: https://imgur.com/a/NhhKuxN

Also, what would people like to see more of? I have hundreds of photos and could give oodles of detail but I don't want to overload anyone. Thanks all for any input!
 
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If I was looking for a tenant in Salem I would have mentioned how close it is to the Current River.  There is a significant tourist trade with trout fisherman and camoeists visiting the area.  This might provide an additional market for any produce from the farm and possibly revenue from camp sites.  Just a thought.  
 
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you have my dream right there, if my profession was there ide take you up on this offer until my house in reno, nv sold and I could buy my piece of dirt in ark. want to trade?...lol
 
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Alex Riddles wrote:If I was looking for a tenant in Salem I would have mentioned how close it is to the Current River.  There is a significant tourist trade with trout fisherman and camoeists visiting the area.  This might provide an additional market for any produce from the farm and possibly revenue from camp sites.  Just a thought.  



That is an excellent point, Alex. Thank you so very much. I took a bit of time to compile this hopefully helpful information about the area:

Salem itself is a small town with a community eager to welcome others. The town itself is small but healthily growing in amenities to account for the ever swelling tourist populations.

My farm is located just out of the city a short ways past the local health food store and recycling center - Hall's

It is entirely plausible for an individual or family to make their living entirely off of this land with some hard work. Especially considering there is a lot of establishment already in place.

Salem is a massive tourist destination for all of the warmer months of the year. It has a local farmers market in need of more niche products. For the entirety of the summer, the population swells with tourists seeking a nice relaxing vacation on the local waterways. This location is near several major natural attractions; Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Montauk State Park, Mark Twain National Forest, Onondaga Cave State Park, Meramec River, and Meramec Caverns. The Ozarks is a gorgeous area as well, which attracts many simply to enjoy the scenery and a quieter pace of life.

Salem is located a little over two hours from St. Louis or Springfield and is right at two hours from Columbia offering lots of access to big city shopping and markets if needed while still being secluded enough to have nice clean air and lots of country charm. My farm could indeed be set-up to host campers or I have considered finishing out the workshop into a tiny house down the road. There is definitely potential for hosting people as the local hotels are usually more than booked solid and I have a friend here that through the summer months makes $50/night profit through Airbnb renting one of her rooms out, and it stays booked most of the time Spring through Fall (She really only gets people visiting family for the holidays during Winter though.) She does have to clean up after them and she said some guests take more time than anticipated, so it would not be something everyone would want to do.

Also, I am more than happy to help mentor renters through learning permaculture and many practices through video calls and the like if it helps. I don't mind at all being available to bounce ideas off of, and I am very open to modifications to the farm. I know a lot of you have big ideas, one of the things I love about these forums!

@bernetta putnam - Heh, I wish I could but unfortunately I have to leave the country, and in less than 30 days! I am trying not to panic too much that the people I had setup to rent my place backed out a few weeks ago. The permaculture life is a lot of work and not for everyone! I hope you find the place of your dreams soon though! Best of luck. =)
 
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A farm map is also available for any seriously interested. The key is posted as follows, it will give folk a better idea of what is available on the property though without the map the numbers mean very little and a few actual photos of the front. I do not suppose anyone else has any questions or suggestions by chance? Thanks all, so very much!

Map Number Description
1 Well established Hickory Tree by Pond
2 Starking Delicious Plum - Established 2012
3 Star Sugarsweet Pear - Established 2012
4 Sunchoke Bed - Supernova - Established 2018
5 Schisandra Berry under oak - Far Side of Drive
6 Sunchoke Bed - Supernova - Established 2015
7 Schisandra Berry under oak - House Side of Drive
8 Schisandra Berry under oak - Nearest House
9 Honeysweet Pear - Established 2012 - with comfrey underplanting
10 Siberian Pea Shrub with many babies
11 Deep Mulch garden bed - Between drives
12 Redbud Tree - Established before 2001
13 Deep Mulch garden bed - By driveway
14 Daylily Bed (growing, do not mow)
15 Viking Aronia - Choke Berry - Established 2017 - nearest road
16 Viking Aronia - Choke Berry - Established 2017 - nearest driveway
17 Wild Goose Plum - Established 2018 - near driveway
18 Yoinashi Pear - Established 2012 - Near Pond - With comfrey underplanting
19 Prune D'ente - Prune Plum - Established 2012 - Near Pond - With comfrey underplanting
20 Royal Sweet Cherry - Established 2012 - Near Pond - With comfrey underplanting
21 Pennsylvania Golden PawPaw - Established 2013 - With comfrey underplanting
22 Mango Pawpaw - Established 2012
23 Siberian Pea Shrub
24 Cordifolia Arguta Female Kiwi - Established 2012 - With comfrey underplanting
25 Jumbo female Kiwi - Established 2012 - With comfrey underplanting
26 Arguta Kiwi Male - Established 2012 - under oak tree
27 Lower Strawberry Beds - Established 2017
28 Sunflower Pawpaw - Established 2012 - With comfrey underplanting
29 Siberian Pea Shrub - by pond
30 Siberian Pea Shrub - by strawberries
31 Upper Strawberry Beds - Established 2017
32 Blackberry Bushes - Established 2012 - 12
33 Johnson apple tree with self established Mulberry trees - Established 2001
34 Wicking tote herb garden 4-2' tubs (Includes thyme & catmint)
34 Wild Goose Plum - Established 2018 - near garage corner
35 Septic Tank Access
36 Garlic Chive Bed
37 Peony Bed
38 Hickory Tree - Established pre 2001
39 Aimee's Favourite Oak Tree - 6 - 2' wicking tubs underneath
40 Workshop Wicking Tubs - 5 - 2' wicking tubs
41 Bubblegum plum - Established 2012 - With comfrey underplanting
42 Siberian Pea Shrub - Near bubblegum plum
43 Siberian Pea Shrub - Near compost bin
44 Big Tart Cherry Tree - Established 2001
45 Starkrimson Cherry - Established 2012 - With large comfrey underplanting
46 Big comfrey patch for taking cuttings from
47 Small perennial garlic bed - Near Favourite Oak Tree
48 Big perennial garlic bed - Near Neighbours
49 Stark Surecrop Pecan - Established 2012 - With comfrey underplanting
50 Stanley Prune Plum - Established 2012 - With large comfrey underplanting
51 Colby Pecan - Established 2012 - With comfrey underplanting
52 Biointensive beds - Established 2017
53 Bradford Pear - Established 2001
54 Aimee's 2nd Favourite Oak Tree
55 Gooseberry - Captivator - Established 2012
56 Siberian Pea Shrub - Near Biointensive Beds
57 Trazel Hazelnut - Established 2018 - By neighbours
58 Gooseberry - Black Velvet - Established 2012
59 Sunflower Pawpaw - Established 2012 - With comfrey underplanting
60 Trazel Hazelnut - Established 2018 - By driveway
61 Gooseberry - Poor Man - Established 2012
62 Gooseberry - hinnomaki yellow - Established 2012
63 Gooseberry - Hinnomaki Red - Established 2012
64 Gooseberry - Red Jacket - Established 2012
65 Gooseberry - Captivator - Established 2012
66 In Front of House 4 - 2' Wicking tubs with self-reseeding annual flowers (shade loving)
67 Wild Blackberry Bush
68 Red Flower Bush - Species Unknown
69 2 wooden strawberry boxes near house
70 Passionfruit vines (climb garage & greenhouse & Front trellis) with strawberries & morning glory
71 Garage - 12 - 2' wicking tubs - 1 contains perennial herb hyssop
72 Back Pasture
73 Rose of Sharon Bush against garage
74 Purple Iris Bed behind garage
75 Unidentified Pink Flower Bush behind house
76 Mock Orange bush on side of house
77 7 small chartreuse and red bushes with red winter berries - established pre 2012
78 4'X12' Wicking bed near pond
79 4'X12' Wicking bed further from pond
80 9 - 2' wicking tubs near wicking beds
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Front of Farm House in late Autumn
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Front of House in late Autumn Different Angle
 
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Hello Aimee,  Do you have an email or phone I can contact you on?  Thank you much.  Dee
 
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Denise Cares wrote:Hello Aimee,  Do you have an email or phone I can contact you on?  Thank you much.  Dee



Hello Dee,

    I have sent you a mooseage with my contact information. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you so very much!
 
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Well howdy neighbor. I'm in Cherryville. We have 15.5 with a cabin to live in, plus employment in the opposite direction, Cuba,  but if you end up needing someone to stop by and check in on things while you're gone, I could probably do that.

I'm pretty sure Eden wasn't loaded with bugs and methheads but it evidently did have at least one snake.
 
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John Paulding wrote:Well howdy neighbor. I'm in Cherryville. We have 15.5 with a cabin to live in, plus employment in the opposite direction, Cuba,  but if you end up needing someone to stop by and check in on things while you're gone, I could probably do that.

I'm pretty sure Eden wasn't loaded with bugs and methheads but it evidently did have at least one snake.



Hello John! That sounds very nice, except the employment being in the other direction. You are right about Eden, luckily I do not have much trouble here except with june beetles, but this farm is as close to Eden as I will get in this lifetime. I wouldn't move if I did not have to, hopefully it is only a few years. I have hopes to grow this property and form a community. There is more than enough room here for several home sites so that is something I could work out with renters if they are interested.

I also have a huge seed collection of open pollinated varieties. It even contains quite a few perennial vegetables and if someone would make use of that I would give it to them when they rent my farm as I cannot take the seeds with me to Australia. I greatly appreciate the offer and may be in touch if I do not hear from anyone. I have a local property management company that is also looking for someone, I would just much prefer someone who could appreciate the bounty this property has to offer. I worry that though the lease would say not to cut down my trees and bushes, they might anyhow. -_- I haven't heard from Dee yet, but I do hope I hear from her soon.

It is nice to know there are other permies in the area though! I would love to build community here when I return so may have to arrange a meet up for all of us locally! If I don't find anyone I may be getting in touch with you. Be safe, grow & harvest plentifully!
 
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Hi Aimee, I stumbled on your post and this site looking for information on building a home. I am in Illinois now and retiring after the year end. My plan is to get back to nature and self sufficiency. So now I've a new word for what I'm looking for "permaculture". It sounds like a great place you've got there, an interesting opportunity as well. How soon are you leaving ?
 
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R Hi wrote:Hi Aimee, I stumbled on your post and this site looking for information on building a home. I am in Illinois now and retiring after the year end. My plan is to get back to nature and self sufficiency. So now I've a new word for what I'm looking for "permaculture". It sounds like a great place you've got there, an interesting opportunity as well. How soon are you leaving ?



Hello R! I am actually leaving in a week but there will be a property manager for my place in my absence to oversee repairs and the like. I would be thrilled to talk to you more so I hope you do not mind, I will send you a moosage with a way to contact me should you be so inclined. There are several potential home sites on my property, as I am hoping to build my dream home here in the future and continue to grow the property.

I have also been meaning to mention that the current house does have with it a washer, dryer, dish washer, refrigerator, stove, & chest freezer. Which may make it more feasible for some. Thank you for your interest!
 
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Hello, I am seriously interested in this option. May I have more information (cost,etc)?
 
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Mor Lupe wrote:Hello, I am seriously interested in this option. May I have more information (cost,etc)?



Hello there Mor! Thank you for your interest, I am sending you a mooseage with my contact information. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

I am just now finishing my packing and will be gone right after my mother's birthday. It is very comforting to have so many interested in my place. I do hope I can find someone it will be perfect for. I also hope everyone else is able to find their little piece of heaven on Earth (Or make it!)

It may take me a week or so but I hope to have a whole slew of interior photos available for those who are interested, I will make a second album and post it here.
 
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