To Mike’s point, that is what I have heard as I have explored it. You won’t save any money - far cheaper to buy from someone who does it at the proper scale, even if a small local miller.
But, I wasn’t looking into it to save money, rather the goal was to use my own resources from my own land to create building materials. And the pleasure of learning to run a sawmill and smell the newly sawn wood, etc...
I have not yet gotten a sawmill, though, so I can’t speak from personal experience about the costs and/or rewards. Someday perhaps.
Another option is to hire someone to bring their portable mill to your land and do the cutting work. You would still do the felling and hauling, without having to buy and learn to operate (and maintain) a sawmill.
One interesting thing available locally is horse-logging, which has a certain appeal. Rather than a tractor or other diesel powered machine tearing up the forest, they fell the trees and use a horse team to haul out the logs. Would like to try that someday too.
Nothing worse than a face full of spider web, Steve! Happens to me all the time on trails this time of year. Like you, I do appreciate the zipper pattern this spider makes which makes it much more visible.
For the last 3 years, my tomatoes have been devastated by the hornworms. I have been waiting all summer for the buggers to make an appearance, and they never did. Have not seen a single one, and have not seen any damage to the tomatoes.
Wonder if they are cyclical, sorta like cicadas? The weather was certainly unusual here this spring and summer - very late frost mid-May, very dry June and July, and very wet August (12” worth of wet, in what is normally a very dry month.).
Maybe the boom over the last few years spawned a predator boom that made a quick meal of most of them.
Another factor to consider is it doesn’t have to be forever. You might love every minute of it, until...you don’t. That might just be age, or an injury, or just getting tired of long cold winters when you are 70. So then you sell and find another, easier place to live.
Had a similar brain freeze, John. Turned off the zero turn mower to move some electric fence to mow the lower paddock. Got back on, and...nothing. Click. Walked halfway up the hill and it occurred to me ~ pto still engaged! Only lost 30 minutes, but it could just as easily been 2 days.
I have used stumps as the foundation for hugels and hugel-ish beds. Seems to work well - I assume the stump will rot faster under dirt than it would exposed to air, and become the moisture sponge/mycelium generator that improves your soil.
I think your original plan is the least work- just plant around it and have a nice looking garden feature.
The lizards I usually see around here are similar in size, but have a blue colored tail and a silvery body. This one was rust colored head to toe, which caught my eye - first of its kind I have seen around here.
Whatever color, I assume he stays busy eating bugs, and for that I am grateful.
It has been very wet here for about a month. 9” by my reckoning. Unusual for this time of year. But the mushrooms dig it! Within just a few feet on a hike in my woods this weekend, all of these different mushrooms. In addition to the giant mushrooms previously posted.
The interesting thing about the first one is it turned black fairly quickly, and then released a big, very dark, almost black cloud of spores when I mowed. Like the small round puff ball mushrooms, only much bigger.
Agree with the other points raised, and would add that a key consideration is what happens if you don’t sell food for five years. Any contractual liability? Do they just take back the greenhouse? Do you have to repay them for it?
Sounds like you have all the skills needed and are well experienced with growies; in your shoes, I might look at it as a great way to stay active and engaged into my 70’s, and thus a very good opportunity doing things I want to do anyway.
I would just be very careful to make sure I understood the consequences of having to terminate the arrangement sooner than 5 years due to health or other issues.
Welcome to Permies! Looking forward to reading about your journey - let the adventure begin!
In your shoes, I might be inclined to start with a couple of raised beds and/or hugels. You didn’t mention what you did with the trees you removed - if some or all are still around, you have a good start on materials for hugels, or as a base layer in your raised beds.
Good luck, and keep posting what works (and what doesn’t)!
What James said. Very hard to source organic or no-spray hay, so if you hay it yourself, you know exactly what the inputs are. Crap shoot otherwise.
The other crapshoot is getting the neighbor to cut your hay when it needs to be cut. My experience is there are literally thousands of reasons why that won’t happen. That means weeds get a foothold, nutritional value goes down, and so on.
If equipment is not an issue, I would say cut it yourself and maintain control. Equipment is darn pricey tho.