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09/07/2016  Pending contract.  will take back up offers
Update on this listing for sale.  The price is no $79,999

The price does not include any personal property. Personal property like the tractor, mower, pto post hole digger, chainsaw, trimmers, and all other homestead tools might be available for purchase.  We are starting to sell off the personal property.

Address is Brashear Texas

The tiny home is approximately 600 s.f. there are many outbuildings for housing livestock and breeding. We hope to sell to someone who wants the livestock, equipment, and tools needed to run this place and is included in the stated price. It is a nice acreage and we have enjoyed taking care of this place.

A really awesome tiny home on 12.93 acres! A great setup for self sufficient permie living. This acreage has all the pens you need to raise and breed chickens, turkeys, ducks, goats, pigs, and a couple of steers. The 600 s.f. Rustic cabin tiny home is easy on the wallet with the utilities. The entire perimeter of the property is newly fenced. The pasture has nice grass growing and the fencing and cross fencing allows for each pen to have shade during the heat of the day. The 40 ft X 40 ft workshop is nice for working on equipment and projects and has an 8X10 ft tool building; two duck buildings, four chicken homes/barns, two livestock buildings and more. All the buildings but one has water lines. many of the buildings have electricity. The garden area is approximately 80 ft X 50 ft and has three apple trees, mulberry tree, and 10 black berry vines. There is a shed for equipment to keep it out of the sun. Newly installed septic system, electric system, and water lines have all been ran to a build site or you could bring in modular home (this is separate and in addition to the tiny home). The tiny home could then become a store that has an amazing location for traffic, or a rental property. This property is setup and ready to go for your homestead activities ALL the tools you need to run this place are here and included.  The property is not certified organic but that is the lifestyle we live.
There are buildings and other images that are not included due to limitations. We are happy to send more images.

We have been stacking downed trees into two hugelkultur beds, and there is an area that would be perfect for water runoff to containment as this property is on a nice sloped hill. We have two small ponds that catch water and a third needs to be dug to hold more water. We have been working on the land taking care of everything we grow and raise here. Our property is not certified organic but it is the lifestyle we live.  

This price includes the 2014 tractor and its many implements, a 2016 Grasshopper mower with grass catching system: used for the hay pasture so grass can be bagged, sealed and made into silage for feed; all the tools you will need to care for the garden, the livestock, the buildings, the fences, plumbing... pretty much anything.  the livestock: two steers that need another 12-18 mos before going into the freezer, Icelandic chicken flock, Bourbon Red turkey, Silver Appleyard, Alice the KuneKune sow and her mate Ralph an American Guinea hog, Nigerian Dwarf breeding flock,  Leo and Ruthie two awesome Livestock guardian dogs (needed for protection from coyotes, raccoons, skunks etc), Princess Cocoa a guardian llama.

There are three small ponds for water containment and and great downhill area from this pond to dig a bigger pond for additional containment

The price includes everything!!

Why are we selling?  We have been here for three years and the place was a mess. We have done so much work cleaning up the land, getting it healthy and viable and we have done most of the work making it a permaculture heaven but we are tired.  We traveled for almost two years in an RV and we miss it so we are selling it all to hit the road again to travel living fulltime in our rv.  We also want to be able to be closer and visit our daughter.

So many good things here contact with questions and for lots of images!
Curious... people that are tying in to the grid and then selling their extra power back to the electric company- - - -   If something happens to the grid does the power company then have any control over your solar system?  wondering what the contract is like, the fine print.
2 years ago
Sad day here.   The electric company can come on to our land to protect their power lines and they are here right now cutting down about hundred trees.  I am crying. The largest group of trees is where my Barbados Black Belly sheep sleep with the lambs.  These are also trees that I have not identified but in the spring they are the first to blossom and the fragrance is heavenly, the bees love them and was the reason we were going to buy a nice honey bee setup.

I wish we had off grid land and even if we function off-grid the power lines stay.

It is my hope that the trees they are removing will keep them off of our land for the rest of my days. Well I know they will come here if repairs are necessary.  

Just sick.
2 years ago
I want to know if rats can penetrate an earthen floor?

or can penetrate an earthen floor that has cement added in the mix?

2 years ago
sounds like it has some electrolytes!!


Jocelyn Campbell wrote:From searching for an ACV nutrition label, I found this one for Bragg, http://bragg.com/products/bragg-organic-apple-cider-vinegar.html, which shows 11 mg potassium per tablespoon of vinegar. At higher doses, there are small amounts of magnesium, too.

I think honey, molasses or maple sugar all contain some minerals which could be considered within the electrolyte category.

Ginger provides calcium, phosphorous, potassium, magnesium and even a trace of sodium.

2 years ago
I tried to give this post a thumbs up but the system would not take my thumbs up so I write to you R Ranson! Excellent post! thank you for sharing this!!!




R Ranson wrote:The first part of this post is discouraging. But stick with me, the second half has some ideas on how to make money.


Growing animals or vegetables is easy. Selling them his hard. If you live somewhere with a strong local food supply, then it may be difficult to find your niche.

When we first moved to this farm, my grandfather's idea was to grow tomatoes and cucumbers for sale - what a laugh. We already have a huge tomato and cucumber industry that sell 'perfect' produce for less than it would cost us to grow them. Same with all the standard crops. The only way to sell something was to create a food fad, which takes a lot of customer education and ends up about $1 per hour of labour. The next year, growing the same crop on our small scale is useless because the mid-size farms grew it and undersold us - despite guarantees that people would buy our crop if we grew it.

Growing animals for sale creates a much larger range of difficulties. If your animal has an illness, it infects your customer's farm... in some parts of the world you're liable to pay for all the damage. The thing about selling animals live that really breaks my heart, is the phone call 6 months to a year later. Learning about how the animal has been neglected and/or mistreated because the customer didn't understand that goats eat fruit trees (which is the absolutely most fundamental and essential quality that makes a goat a goat! It's so obvious that it doesn't even need mentioning because that's the first thing that one learns when learning about goats - they eat fruit trees, and beating the animal isn't going to make them stop - what it does do is make the animal a danger to humans and then the poor critter, for no fault of it's own, has to die, and it breaks my heart because this kind of thing is totally unnecessary) or that ducks need to be protected from predators. I very seldom sell live livestock anymore. It's just too heartbreaking. If you get into livestock, it pays to understand their basic nature before you bring hope the critter - pretty please, I'm begging you. Chickens dig up things and get eaten by no end of predators - the human is responsible for understanding this.

Basically selling anything perishable can be far more difficult than the books make out. For it to work, one needs to be good at both growing and more importantly, good at selling.


Saving money:
Now, we 'make' most of our money by saving money. Growing our own food (about 50 to 90% depending on the season) has saved a huge amount. At least $500 a month. Not eating out is another. Eating seasonally means what we do buy is on special in the shops. By this way, what we do spend money on is high quality, fair trade or local, and organic.

Cooking from scratch is a money saver. Instead of $2 to $4 for a can of beans, spend 4 to 10 cents on dry beans. With a little practice, you can eat healthy, home cooked, ecologically sound, time-saving, meals for under a dollar a plate.

Perhaps the one area we save the most money is taxes. Because we sell a few eggs to friends (we have really good eggs, so there's a high demand for them - we can pick and choose our customers), excess fruit and veg, we qualify for farm status. It cuts our property taxes down from several thousand a year, to $100. Although, it looks like it may go up to $120 this year... sigh.


As you're new to growing, start small. If I was starting on a new plot of land, I would probably grow a keyhole garden for the first year - the rest of the time I would spend observing the land and seeing what resources it naturally offers up. Wild harvesting is becoming quite popular. This weekend I made about $50 with pick-your-own fiddlehead ferns - which is about half what they cost in the grocery store right now, and twice what I would get wholesaling them. Your property might have a resource on it which could bring you money, but would be destroyed with too much human action.


Now, ways to actually make money:

  • grow non-perishable foods - like pulses which are super-easy. Artisan dry bean and peas are gaining momentum. What you don't grow, you can eat. Pulses also improve your soil for free - win, win win!
  • Find a craft that can be made with local materials (like basketry), get good at it, sell it on etsy.
  • Start small. If it's successful, then scale up. If you start large and it fails, then it can cost a lot of money. Start with the size you can do for $20 or less.
  • Get a library card - no really, this made lots of money. From learning how to make/grow things (both books and free workshops), to meeting new customers, to borrowing seeds from the seed library which I grew, 'returned'. The seeds I kept, I sell or grow plants for sale.
  • good quality seeds - another non-perishable item
  • Build a reputation for quality - I have a wait list as long as my arm for my eggs because they are better quality than any other free range, organic blablablawords in town. But I'm really good at keeping chickens happy, so they make good eggs. Quality is worth more than certification or anything else. Be it seeds that thrive in local weather or the sweetest berries, being good quality is often enough to bring people to your door - instead of the neighbour's door who sells the same thing
  • Be a little bit unique - If you are growing seeds, maybe grow landrace seeds
  • dry herbs
  • textiles - fibre plants like linen or flax, or dye plants that can be dried then shipped all over the world.
  • teach - become good at something interesting and teach it
  • consult - become amazing at something and people will pay you to give them your opinion
  • write - books, magazines, blog, even writing posts on this forum can bring income
  • residual income streams
  • cottage industry
  • cut flowers - organic, locally grown flowers are very popular with the smaller florist - but it takes skill to do it right. Consult with a local florists about what flowers they wish they could get, they will have a list, grow these, then get the florist to teach you the 'right' way to harvest them. Cultivate this relationship and bobs your uncle.
  • if you're close to town, set up allotment gardens and rent them out


  • Finding the right thing for you will make things easier. If growing garlic is too painful, maybe fava beans would be better, or perhaps recovering pallets and building furniture is more your thing.


    2 years ago
    I do not have images but boy big failure this spring. I started all my own seeds and had gorgeous plants to set. I set them and then we had a hard freeze for several days and I lost every one of them. Now a smart gardener might have held some back for a just-in-case scenario....nope not me gung-ho planted every last one of my starts. This meant no peppers, no tomatoes,cabbage, broccoli, tomatillos, cauliflower oh I cannot remember it all. We are in NE Texas where it is difficult to find heirloom plants at an affordable price in the numbers I desired. I bought a few. My garden is a wimpy stranger compared to last years.


    Thank goodness the seed potatoes, carrots, asparagus all produced for me.

    So if anyone is locate near Sulphur Springs Texas and they want to sell a lot of tomatoes for my canning please let me know! Amish paste is preferred just because they do not take as long to cook down but will take anything!!!
    Fabulous! a great way for the land to take of you!!!