Free or not, thanks for offering your take on my situation. I'm more concerned with how to deal with the surface water than getting it back out of the well. I have a shallow well pump (currently not hooked up) that i can use to get water out of the well, but at certain times of the year, primarily in the Spring, much of my 5 acres is pretty sloppy. I can't, for example, begin to plant my garden, even frost tolerant stuff, because it's so muddy. I've considered putting in drainage, but there isn't a spot that's substantially lower on the site to drain to, and I really would like to store that water for using for irrigation during those dry summers we sometimes get, as well as for watering livestock. The only thing other than the well that i've come up with is to drain to a relatively small sump tank, and then pump up into a larger above ground storage tank.
Having more projects than i can shake a stick at and living on less than an inexaustible source of money doesn't make this or any of the other projects easy.