Kim Gough wrote:Greetings!
I’ve used this cool site over the years as I set up my little farm. Thank you to everyone posting your wisdom here. I’m more of a reader than chatter but it is an awesome site!
Forgive me in advance- this is long! But still not covering everything here!
I’m hoping to eventually find the perfect buyer for my beloved little semi permaculture farm! It would’nt take much to get full permie worthy or to be off grid! Due to some health issues I can see I finally have to consider turning this place over to someone new who will love it like I do.
Located in Carroll County Maryland!
The old 1812-1920? (not sure but rumored to be a civil war field hospital) farmhouse has been added onto for a 1900 square foot home with a sunny vaulted ceiling living room. 4 beds 3 full baths, basement powder room. New appliances included. Plantation shutters reduce the need for curtains - very easy to keep clean. They add insulation as well. Wood stove, abundant kindling wood and some firewood on property.
Propane stove and propane furnace. Central AC. Havnt needed to use the furnace but it still works.
Built in generator for 16 circuits (propane) and a cool manual well pump that can be used also for the well tank in house for off grid or to pump into irrigation tank if needed.
Barn is in ok shape, there is a commercial refrigerator/freezer that goes with it.
An old spring house would be lovely if updated, the original framework of old chestnut is still in decent shape. Original cooking fireplace still there.
There is a 16’ x 32’ greenhouse in place - pad for propane and a heater.
Like others selling on here, I would be living and managing here right up to the last minute so would require time to get moved out etc. I would also be taking a couple small trees and a few perennials from each garden but you’d never miss them there are sooo many plants!
I have a realtor I deal with for the real estate stuff that knows me and the operation.
I sold at local markets for years and would be ok if the farm name transfers as well. I was once affiliated with a conventional orchard and farm for half the market sales, but the customers loved my organic produce best!
I’ve put my heart and soul into this place and hope to find someone who will love and continue to keep this property alive with its abundant ecosystems. And out their own unique spin to make it even better!
About 2 full acres is in farm and another acre in wetland. It is legal to plant elderberry in the wetland. The wetland is a decent ecosystem with more native plants than most upland bogs in the area. Plenty of water with several springs. Frog pond at back of property. Lots of frogs!
I have a lot of bird friends that help out here that I would want respected and protected to the best of the new owners abilities- thanks in advance.
I have a resident hawk that provides excellent rodent control and is relatively tame as a result of hunting voles so close to people back here. He keeps a nest nearby. But he’s not shy so small chickens would def need cover! I’ve found with permaculture mulching, at least in this area that voles can be an issue when the ground gets dry.
There are many mature plantings on this property, and many that continue to mature.
A mature, 350 shrub Aronia plantation produces about 10-30 lbs per shrub per season depending on weather conditions. These guys are super low maintenance! So far, just mowing and raking grass around the bases have kept these beauties with enough nitrogen.
The orchards host about 70 mostly dwarf trees.
This season, 8 peach trees are in full fruit. Amazing taste has me hooked on organic/sustainable.
3 tart Cherry trees are mature, 6 more within 2 seasons
About 10 apple trees. These do not do as well organicly as we have cedar quince Rudy in the area. There is an old heirloom apple her too, from the original farm- at least 80 years old! Worthy of grafting.
2 matur Asian pear and younger one.
2 up and coming pears and 2 mature drawn Seckel pear trees
Interspaced along the orchard rows there are many canes of red raspberry, black raspberries, blackberries, plus an additional area of about 60 thornless blackberry canes.
As well, about 45 mature honey berry (haskap) shrubs adorn the rows.
10 original design raised beds with amazing amount of earthworms from using paper mulch. Some have shade, one is at least 60 feet long and holding up well. The pressure treated wood is long ago outgassed so they are organic certifiable.
4 perennial flower beds, one for shade, many native plants and medicinal plants.
Huge bed of bee balm (Melissa), huge mint beds and heirloom mint in the wetland. Huge amounts of established oregano as well.
There are willows galore, a huge mother maple tree, oak, black walnut that copiously produces, bald cypress with knees, white pine, dogwood, green giant and Leland cypress for privacy, and a woods of hybrid poplar that can be coppiced for firewood.
The real estate price for this property outside of the planting is roughly $380-400k, so if I could get that, I’d be grateful so long as the new owner took care of and adopted all my plant babies as their own!!! Thanks for reading! Will be posting pics soon as I learn how. I’m on Instagram as Greenbirdfarms if you want lots of photos!