Monday, April 30, 2012

Farm Search

My husband and I have been looking for a farm for what seems like forever, but only seriously looking for about four months now, complete with a Realtor.  I thought now was a good time to start documenting the search, and hopefully the trials and errors of starting our very own farm.

Here is some of our back story...
I have always wanted a farm, and my DH has always wanted land. The reality of our situation was about 1/4 acre of shady clay and a house we had bought with the hope of flipping it. I will just say this, It is HARD to remodel a house when you and your significant other work 60 bizarre hours a week each.... and those hours don't match up with each other! Long story short, we are deep down country folks stuck in the dreaded Suburbia. 

As I have longed for the rural farm life and the release from the bonds of emergency services, I have made several "improvements" to the property. I planted a vegetable garden among the 4 shade trees that choke nearly every bit of sunshine from touching my hard, immovable clay. I finally decided on raised beds made from repurposed plastic decking from my mothers house. The garden actually performs surprisingly well. I obtained 6 cute little chicks, and a few weeks later traded 4 baby roosters for a 3rd baby hen. We have had the girls for 3 years now and they still lay great. I have gotten a rotary composter. It is too small, we have pet rabbits and the litter pans fill the composter far too fast. I look forward to the day when I can use up all those composter tutorials I have hoarded throughout the years and determine which is the very best before settling on a big pile I will move around with a tractor.  

So what, you may ask has sparked this sudden rush to the blog? I think we have found the one. Now anyone who has known me for more than 5 minutes can tell you that this is not a new development. I am pretty sure I have thought I found "the one" nearly every time we have ventured out with the realtor, and even once before we had him at a house that wasn't on the market..... but I digress. I have found enough of "The One's" close enough together now that the end truly has to be near. Is 50 acres with a house and barn really too much for a girl to ask for? Well I hope not, this last one doesn't have power lines, random gullies, or tenants that refuse to be evicted, so we shall see. We have a list of questions to send and another bid to make, hopefully this time the owner says more than "no." I am beginning to think that counter offers are also too much for a girl to ask for. Stay tuned for further developments!