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Dec 2019 I bought 4.4 acres of prime raw land in southern lake county Fl and have been slowly developing it since then, I have 12 pullets,  4 ducklings,  an 18 ft well, small hugel, 20x30 pond, humanure setup and two camping sites.
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So far a friend has brought a truck full of soil out there other than that everything has been transported at least 5 miles by bicycle to the homestead.  
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My next big project is installing some 4x4 welded wire  fencing where I aim to keep some goats and eventually horses (2_3 max)  

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Here is a link to the map of property. plat

The wet season is starting up, I'm hoping to get a feel for what the conditions are like at it's wettest.  The bigger obstacle is obtaining the needed permits from Lake County as the property is in an "Area Of Critical Concern" and subject to many restrictions for land usage however after reading it feel there is an avenue for some development couching it as a "Small Scale Recreation Facility" or under some type of agricultural designation.  

Step one of that process was to get a survey done which sadly  none of the 20 + companies I contacted were willing to do, there is one outfit in Clermont who may come through as they have been out here before  many times but probably have lots of easier jobs to make money than trudging out in the wilderness.  

The access on the Van Fleet Trail is great for me and my bicycle for anyone trying to use a vehicle it would need to be a very sturdy 4 wheel drive affair with good clearance and tires because in the driest of times there is standing water on "Water Rd."  One could also drive after hours down the bike trail or park at one of the 2 trailheads 5 miles in either direction and bike out.

There are many opportunities out here, hunting, foraging, biking, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, horseback riding, solitude.  The area is packed full of wildlife and sees a fair amount of trail usage but that is dying down a little with the heat and reopening of our economy.

I have a 12 lb dog Sven and wouldn;t mind if you had a dog but it can't be a killer of poultry as mine range during the day.  

There's lot's more to the property and myself but if you have any interest in coming out here and working we can start that conversation as I need someone long term to help keep[ things going as my wanderlust never really dies and it would be nice to take a trip somewhere this fall or winter.  

I have an extra hennessy camping hammock and  would consider buying a bicycle for a good candidate to use if they are lacking one, there's also another surly cargo trailer (half size) and my bob trailer for you to experience the joys of hauling building supplies long distances.  

Easier to reach me by phone as the cell service out there is poor, Henry.  

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Svën had the rattler cornered near our woodpile didnt want him to escape or get bit rehoming him, tasty but boney.
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My friend Minnie the shetland pony from an equestrian center I volunteer at twice  a week.
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Lots of good trees for the climber stand, theres a cypress pond onsite.

Another big project is constructing a chickee hut so big bonus points If you have documented miccosoucke or seminole tribal membership as they can build said structures in FL with very little permitting provided theres no electrical or plumbing components.
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Mr Toad living in the hugel (hes still there)

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If you would like to live and work around one of the highest concentrations of gopher tortoises the Van Fleet Trail would be a great choice, the old railroad grade the paved trail sits on is high and dry for them and regularly mowed 10 ft on either side allowing them great foraging and ease of movement.  

I've got a swamp local lined up to help with the fencing some future projects include ; installation of a cypress flagpole, adding a second well, building a sweat lodge and installation of a ranch style head gate.

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If you buy a Yeti from the Ace Hardware in Polk City they will give you 10lbs of ice per day, that alone will pay for the cooler in short order.  
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Greetings Henry,

Thank you for the BIG pictures of WildLife. Looks like a strong presence of critters! Nice that you have your own as well. I have heard of Chickens, attacking and eating Snakes...have yyou observed this?

Where do you plan to TRavel. Have you been to Ecuador?
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 Interesting. You are building a Sweat Lodge?  
-how do you plan to use it?
-are you Native American(what tribe if so)


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Wow.10 Pounds of FREE ICE. How many times have you picked up ice?
=Is there a limit?
-How do you use the Ice?


 
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Ben thank you for commenting, I have seen the chickens eat small amphibians and imagine at the rate they are going snakes will be on the menu soon enough we have many snakes as well.

My next tracel will be somewhere close by in the state game lands  adjacent to where I'm living Green Swamp Wilderness.

Here is some more wildlife less than 1 mile north of Polk city Fl.

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I'm thinking about using feral hog hides for the sweat lodge as they are abundant and can be hunted year round on private property with spotlights, baits, traps, dogs etc.

I am not native American and plan on using it therapeutically probably in the cooler months.

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