Tj Jefferson wrote:Randy, make an embarrasingly low offer. We got our house that way, with a tractor thrown in. They can only say no. If the house is in serious disrepair in the country, there are few takers. You never know...
Larry Streeter wrote:
First off it takes (so I've read) 10 acres to have a sustained wood lot for heat
Trace Oswald wrote:
"He told me with 8 acres of good woods, you would never need to cut a living tree."
I started thinning out my wooded area for firewood after retiring. I soon realized there were hundreds of cords of dead wood that was available. It's amazing how much is there after looking so now that's all I use. For the most part it's already dry and true enough, no need to cut living trees. I burn EVERYTHING that's dead including evergreens, basswood, whatever. That wood that is too far rotted to burn I use for hugelkulture material.
Oak trees - I added a picture of the land. you can see the tree clusters I am referring to. I am with the belief that that amount of them is a hinderance to effective pasture rather than an assistance. Maybe a thinning of them would be an overall improvement. I don't want to remove everything if I don't have to. I like trees. even trees that don't directly supply food for the farm. I like that having some can be shade too. I just don't want my general love of trees to be the reason I don't have enough pasture for my livestock. I actually want to plant as many trees as I can around the border of the property
Kristy League wrote: the successful homesteaders I hope to be like someday (!) warn against all at once. Focuses on getting good at a few things rather than end up doing badly at a lot of things:)
I 2nd this viewpoint wholeheartedly!
S Bengi wrote:I ha is equal to 2.5acres.
12.5 acres divided by 2.5 equals 5
So 12.5acrs is 5acres.
All that said, I do like the idea of starting off by focusing on just 2.5acres of orchard/food forest, herbs, mushroom, vegetables, tubers, etc and honey+chicken/poultry. A fish pond is also very doable based on what the gardenpool guys were able to do in Phoenix, Arizona with a converted swimming pool.