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Hi, new member here but I've posted a few times and hopefully it's been helpful. This site is great, and since finding it I spend some time reading through stuff daily :)

Hopefully this is the right place for this - figured I would make a thread documenting the evolution of a property I found and my mom has recently purchased.

The land is a bit over an hour away from both of us, and we also work full time but I head down every weekend to keep some grass and trails cut, and to immerse myself in the glory of some really nice nature!!

I figure I will post pics and little captions, along with ideas/projects I will be attempting. Also, I will post questions/links, etc. and hopefully people here can find the information useful or maybe even inspiring.

I am a suburb guy with light construction and mechanical background and only recently took deeper interest and became serious about permaculture design, and the importance of biodiveristy and natural landscapes.
I quit my day job several months back and am now a full time farm helper on a local small organic veggie farm and loving every minute! This thread will focus on our personal property and some of the things I am learning about and will attempt to put into practice - long term.

My mom has set it up as a non-profit and hopes to have a small animal sanctuary/rescue ran there, it's a hilly 27.5 acres with 4 ac wooded and 2 small creeks so we have the room to try a little of everything. I plan on living there full time within 8 years.

Pics and more info. to come soon, just figured I'd get it started - thanks to all responsible for such an awesome platform to share ideas

 
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Like I said, this will be slow lol :)

Here is a pic to start - I have a little dual sport bike and rode it down a couple weeks ago. As I was leaving to shut the gate, looked like a nice pic opportunity!

So this is basically the entrance view from the road...you can just see the tip of the old barn over the crest. Going to need to work on getting some gravel in, when it's wet a 2wd car has trouble getting in.

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Shoot, I need to get the hang of the uploader here, and figure which way is best - I would prefer a pic to be seen rather than a link.

Somehow, in another thread I pulled it off with a pic of a compost area I have begun...gotta remember how I did that now!!!
 
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Hey Ty! Glad to have you here at Permies. Here is a link to a how-to page on adding images to a post. Hopefully this will clear things up for you. I'm looking forward to seeing pictures!

How to add images: https://permies.com/t/61133/Post-Image-Permies#520595
 
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James Freyr wrote:Hey Ty! Glad to have you here at Permies. Here is a link to a how-to page on adding images to a post. Hopefully this will clear things up for you. I'm looking forward to seeing pictures!

How to add images: https://permies.com/t/61133/Post-Image-Permies#520595



Thanks so much!! I was completely oblivious to the "attachment" tab..AWESOME!!!
 
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Here are a few basic pics I've taken over the last couple months, just for those interested to get an idea of how it's laid out.
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Here's the USDA pic...the road area and barn ridge are high points, and drops down 100-150' max to low points (which are mostly the tree line areas, except for the southeast property corner, and southeastern most property corner in the woods are also high points). A good mix of south/west/east facing slopes to have fun experimenting with as time goes on :)
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Check out this contraption I made (along with help from 2 friends that have welders) from a lawnmower that had a bad transmission. I needed something cheap to keep barn area and perimeter of land mowed. It is pretty heavy tongue weight, but the atv handles it!  Saved a lot of $ doing this, as the frame part attached to the front is made from a bed frame I found in the garbage ;)

It's fun searching the hollers, find all kinds of old stuff cleaning out the creeks - including what appears to be an old farm machete. Maybe for hand chopping crops back in the day? Corn? Tobacco?

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Added this to a couple forums. Hope that is ok.

Nice property. Looks like an old machete. One heck of a lawnmower!!!
 
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Thanks, Whatever you see fit is fine by me!
 
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Nice place Ty! It's beautiful. I really like the barn and seeing the timbers inside and how it was constructed. Thanks for sharing!
 
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Thanks James! We still haven't made any progress on the barn. Still hoping we can get around to something come fall.

 
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Mowing the paths around the farm is tough on the pull-behind...ruined a blade and spindle last time out, and am thinking about other more heavy-duty options for mowing but $ is certainly an issue :)

Since the repair I've mowed 2x with it and no problems, barn beams came in handy for a lift!

Farm Jack, chain and a come-along are pretty helpful tools to have, no doubt!
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Stayed the night for the first time several weeks ago!

Made a little T-post fenced section for the doggies and enjoyed a little night time stir fry without worrying about them running off. It sure is rocky up on the ridge and took several hours to just get this little bit installed.

I feel bad for the turtles that got ran over when a guy cut the fields for hay - I am now exploring other options as I found several more squashed like this :(

Blackberries were abundant, but went out last weekend and didn't find too many left.

I've been managing to pick out a lot of old junk from the creek, back in the day I guess people just tossed things down in the hollers as trash, but times have changed and the creeks are a favorite spot of ours and broken glass and rusty metal don't belong there lol :)

The dogs really love it, and they are purely companion animals but there is a chance the grey one (Dagger) will come back with a rabbit or something one day soon - he has a very strong drive to hunt...I'm a vegetarian but think it would be great if he could sustain himself out there and express his natural instincts in a healthy manner!


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Also, stopped by the county extension office and picked up a nice stack of information to try and get myself better acclimated to the ins and outs of land management/ownership in KY.

I have a pretty open mind to possibilities in some kind of farming to generate some income from the land, but first I think we'll get it established as some kind of wildlife habitat area just to start things in the right direction as far as organic and earth-friendly practices go.

In KY, the Department of Fish and Wildlife will send a Wildlife biologist to your land if you are 25 ac. or more and help you with a plan...apparently at no cost - so I am really looking forward to that!
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A buddy dropped off a large amount of wood chips recently. first couple loads were a mix of typical woody debris but the last several loads have been 100% pine.

I am unsure of what to do with it all, the other normal chips was easy I just spread them anywhere and everywhere outside where we walked a lot...figured they won't hurt a thing and will only build the soil wherever they are.

Now these pine chips I decided to start putting in the barn (which needs major repair btw) because when it rains a large portion turns muddy due to some inadequate drainage.
Seems to be working fine so far, but I'll have a lot of extra.

I would like to save/age these remaining chips for a future area of planting that would like the acidic nature of pine chips...any reccomendations?

I was thinking just pile them up outside (I have to get them out of my current residential driveway soon, and down to the farm) and tarp over them???
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Ty,

Wow!! That is some really beautiful land.  It looks like a glimpse of heaven!!

Out of curiosity, how much acreage do you have?  It is a bit difficult to judge by your areal picture as the land is an unusual shape—which is perfectly fine BTW, it adds even more character to your land.  I have a bit over 9 acres, but it is irregularly shaped and since it cannot be completely viewed from any single point, thus making it appear even bigger than it actually is.

Very nice,

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Absolutely Gorgeous tract of land!
 
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Eric Hanson wrote:Ty,

Wow!! That is some really beautiful land.  It looks like a glimpse of heaven!!

Out of curiosity, how much acreage do you have?  It is a bit difficult to judge by your areal picture as the land is an unusual shape—which is perfectly fine BTW, it adds even more character to your land.  I have a bit over 9 acres, but it is irregularly shaped and since it cannot be completely viewed from any single point, thus making it appear even bigger than it actually is.

Very nice,

Eric



Hey just now seeing this, sorry for the late reply. It is 28 acres. Thanks!
 
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Faith Hight wrote:Absolutely Gorgeous tract of land!


Thanks so much! I found a local nursery that specializes in good permaculture fruit/berry/nut things so I'm excited to pay them a visit here soon and start getting some intentional things in the ground
 
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Hello!  Saw that you posted on another thread which led me to your post. I’m also in Kentucky, Corinth to be exact but from northern Kentucky. Great pictures and beautiful land. Thanks for sharing your progress. I know there’s plenty of challenges when embarking on this journey but totally worth it. I’m always interested in learning from others or meeting people who are like minded. If you are interested in cob or just want to talk about homestead/sustainability I’m just right down the road. Good luck in your venture!
 
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Diane Maldonado wrote:Hello!  Saw that you posted on another thread which led me to your post. I’m also in Kentucky, Corinth to be exact but from northern Kentucky. Great pictures and beautiful land. Thanks for sharing your progress. I know there’s plenty of challenges when embarking on this journey but totally worth it. I’m always interested in learning from others or meeting people who are like minded. If you are interested in cob or just want to talk about homestead/sustainability I’m just right down the road. Good luck in your venture!



Nice to hear from you! Sounds great - feel free to send me a PM or just post here if you prefer. Too bad coronavirus put the brakes on extension office courses and others similar this year, I was really looking forward to attending a few and feel like now I need to step up in other areas of trying to get some useful experience and knowledge. Looks like you are only roughly an hour away, so we could totally coordinate some time to check out each others places, that would be fun!
 
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Hi, Ty! I just saw this thread for the first time.  Also a Ky native.  I live in Oldham County on 14 acres.  I may have missed it, but what country are you in?
 
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Creighton Samuels wrote:Hi, Ty! I just saw this thread for the first time.  Also a Ky native.  I live in Oldham County on 14 acres.  I may have missed it, but what country are you in?



Hello This is in Robertson County KY, appears to be about 80 miles NE of where you are at.
 
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Tyler Greene wrote:

Creighton Samuels wrote:Hi, Ty! I just saw this thread for the first time.  Also a Ky native.  I live in Oldham County on 14 acres.  I may have missed it, but what country are you in?



Hello This is in Robertson County KY, appears to be about 80 miles NE of where you are at.



Roberson County?! Wow, when you talked to the realtor, did you ask for "I want to be 30 miles East of Nowhere"?

I live in Lagrange; a speck of a town that has a higher population than the whole of Robertson County!

Just messin'!

 
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Hey Tyler, how close is your mom's property to the Licking River?
 
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Hi! I just have gotten land in Greenup county and I'm curious if you ever did have the Fish and Wildlife send a biologist or have plans to? I have been very interested in that since I read your post and wondering what it might involve.
I would love to have someone come check out my trees and help me plan how to care for my new forest the best I can, that would be unreal. The place I just got is a beautiful 50+ acres but was previously owned by people who weren't on a trash run. They made a mess of about one acre, but an important acre where the creek flows and I've seen a lot of wildlife using the creek. Just curious how it went if you did it and what the process involved, what the people were like, what they went over with you, what they said about your spot, and what kind of input they have, etc.
 
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Creighton Samuels wrote:

Tyler Greene wrote:

Creighton Samuels wrote:Hi, Ty! I just saw this thread for the first time.  Also a Ky native.  I live in Oldham County on 14 acres.  I may have missed it, but what country are you in?



Hello This is in Robertson County KY, appears to be about 80 miles NE of where you are at.



Roberson County?! Wow, when you talked to the realtor, did you ask for "I want to be 30 miles East of Nowhere"?

I live in Lagrange; a speck of a town that has a higher population than the whole of Robertson County!

Just messin'!



LOL I hear ya! That is kind of the appealing part though, and the few locals I have met are very friendly. I have gotten used to the roughly 1 hr 20 minute weekly commute and really look forward to just staying put on the land more in the future.
 
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Creighton Samuels wrote:Hey Tyler, how close is your mom's property to the Licking River?



The closest point I have found is roughly 10 min to Claysville Boat Dock. Which isn't really a dock, just a very steep concrete ramp that goes down into the water.
 
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Natalie Lawrence wrote:Hi! I just have gotten land in Greenup county and I'm curious if you ever did have the Fish and Wildlife send a biologist or have plans to? I have been very interested in that since I read your post and wondering what it might involve.
I would love to have someone come check out my trees and help me plan how to care for my new forest the best I can, that would be unreal. The place I just got is a beautiful 50+ acres but was previously owned by people who weren't on a trash run. They made a mess of about one acre, but an important acre where the creek flows and I've seen a lot of wildlife using the creek. Just curious how it went if you did it and what the process involved, what the people were like, what they went over with you, what they said about your spot, and what kind of input they have, etc.



Hello! Your place sounds just lovely - sadly I have not gotten around to doing much on the property this spring/summer other than trying to keep some pathways mowed. I have had a string of bad luck with some of my vehicles and equipment that has me behind on some things. The virus thing has also thrown a wrench into the gears concerning extension office activities so I feel kind of removed from that whole scene at the moment. Hopefully this fall when my work settles down a bit I can try to get more organized and think about some plans.

Nice to chat with some people in the region, I see the potential for some fun collaborations in the future since it seems there are a handful of passionate property owners around!
 
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Oh okay, sorry to hear. That's always frustrating. It is good how many people are doing this!! Very exciting. I've met a lot too selling at the flea market up here that are doing it but just, not on this site or anything. It doesn't seem like a very radical idea to the people here at all. Living in small campers, cabins is normal, they have goats and solar and all... I love it. Very laid back and accepting. Everyone seems like my ideas are a no brainier esp with all that's going on right now. I'd definitely be into trading/helping with projects once I get the basics set up here. If I do the wildlife thing I'll let you know. If you end up doing it first will you update us?
 
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