We own about 1,000 acres. It is a ring of mountains with a central valley which used to be a town long ago before it was abandoned. Our old farm house was one of the first houses in the area and the only one left of the village. We now live uphill from it in our cottage which we built about four years ago. See:
for that saga. Building the cottage was sort of a dry run for the construction techniques we're using in building the butcher shop.
Neither my wife or I come from farming families. We learned from scratch and bought our land back in the 1980's when land was a lot cheaper. I wouldn't be able to afford it now. Don't want to sell either. We love homesteading, farming and doing sustainable forestry. Gradually we're expanding the fields, clearing many back to the old stone walls, putting in orchards, berries, etc. It's a process and very much a fun one.
I knew I wanted to do what we're doing back when I was a teenager. From there it was a matter of figuring out the path and then following it step-by-step. Each year we make progress. Much more to go. I'm not bored yet.
Icewalker wrote:Before you had Sugar Mountain Farm ... what did you do?
I went from baby sitting and yard work to save up money for a computer so I could do data analysis, programming and computer consulting (1970's, 1980's). Later I added drawing maps and clipart (1980's, 1990's), inventing several things in electronics, mechanical engineering and chemical engineering including iron-on heat Transfer Toner for laser printers in the 1980's, published a magazine (Flash Magazine) about desktop publishing for over a decade along with many books, setup a manufacturing and marketing company for some of my inventions, did sustainable forestry, tried raising pastured poultry (failure) for meat, tried sheep (not able to pay the mortgage because processing ate all the income) and got to pastured pigs where we actually can make a a living on something farmed. We've been doing the pigs for about a decade. Lots of overlapping things in all of that. During that time I rennovated many houses and finally got to build our cottage here on Sugar Mountain.