Hello Folks! Would love some advice!
My wife and I are looking to buy/ build our new home. We live in the Buffalo, NY area. My dream for years now is to have a permaculture farm. We are looking for our first piece of property. My wife is a young doctor/ resident so she has to travel to the hospital in the City for insanely long work days. The point is, we can't live too far from the city.
So much of Erie county's farm land has been lost or the price has become very high due to suburban sprawl.
My company is a native/ edible/ ecological landscaping business. My thoughts are, that I can use my home as combination demo/ nursery/ small farm.
This is what I want to do with the land:
1. Design and Install my home landscaping in a large 8 acre suburban/ rural lot to educate the community/ potential customers about how to live more sustainably.
2. Grow/ store nursery plants I can use for my clients' projects.
3. Set up a small 5-6 acre forest garden/ agro forest to grow hard-to-find or valuable food for high end local restaurants. (mushrooms, ginseng, pawpaws, nuts, ducks...)
4. The ultimate goal could be to potentially wean myself off landscaping work and focus entirely on advancing my permaculture farm.
The big question: Is this doable on 8 acres of land with a high price tag, around $10,000 per acre? Across the street from this land there is about 53 acres of land for sale for only $125,000 but most of it is wetland (not state or federally registered, but not suitable for building McMansions) could I potentially use that land for permaculture farming? ( I am thinking Sambucus, PawPaw... I would have to do some research on that one)
The perk: Being in this neighborhood would make my wife happy! This land is right on the edge of my home town and I can raise my family in the same neighborhood, and my kids could go to the same High School I did. This proximity is a HUGE help for me to compromise with my wife.
Thank you in advance permies!!!