Terry Darwin

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We are moving again. We bought this place in Nov 2015 thinking we would be here a long time, but his job has other plans. So. For Sale: $181,900. 4 acres, workshop with a carport attached to it, 3 bdrm 2 bath house with a brand new massive pantry. Bamboo flooring. Open kitchen/living room/fireplace room. The fireplace is a ventless log set that is attached to a propane tank- Im pretty sure it can be converted back to wood, but it was like this when we bought. Granite countertops in kitchen, both baths have tile flooring. Attached 4 season room with 4 sliding doors, concrete floor- perfect to use for starting seeds.  Private well, old pole barn that has been partially enclosed- my horses used it as a run in shed. Rebuilt chicken coop- we tore the falling apart, rotting away original down to the solid frame and built it back up. Fenced and ready for critters, goats would love it.  Back area is fenced with redbrand horse safe fencing, in the front we used 5 strands of smooth tension wire- 2 of them hot, powered by a solar fence charger. Two sides of the property adjoin Millhaven plantation. There is a deer stand in the back field, we havent used it but it looks solid. Plenty of space for garden beds, existing pecan trees, fig trees, grape vine. We are going to use a realtor, finalizing paperwork tomorrow. I'll add a link once it is on the MLS system.
2 years ago
I know this is a really old post- I just wanted to say to those searching for a place that sells DE, Tractor Supply carries it.
3 years ago
Just make sure that you have a strong perimeter fence, so if/when any animals you get escape from their pasture, they are still on your property. Goats are known escape artists so do a bit of research on installing a goat safe fence. Always plan your fences based on the worst traits of the animal that it will hold- horse safe, bull strong, goat proof.
Sense the buildings are already in place on your property, plan your paddocks around them so as you rotate through each paddock the animals still have access to shade/shelter/water/hay. My current set up has three small pastures and a large paddock where the shelter and water are. Each pasture opens into it, so all I need to do is switch gates when the grass needs a break.
I hope this helps! Enjoy your new world- sometimes it is easy to get frustrated when projects take longer than you think they should, so make sure to step back and breathe in the awesomeness of what you have done so far and keep the long term plan in mind!
3 years ago
When I was young, my family rented an old farm for several years. It had been run down for a long time before we lived there. Up on a hill were 2 apple trees and a grape vine. The vine had climbed up over both trees, and was so thick we could walk along the top of one of the trees, and in several places on the other one. The grapes were amazingly huge, full bunches with no pruning or care from anyone. My brothers, sisters and I  spent a lot of time in those trees, and I know it wasnt until years and years after we had moved that I learned there was no such thing as an "apple and grape" tree. The vines themselves were as large around as a branch. Looking back, I think the vines were probably shading the apples a little too much, I dont remember there being a huge amount of them- but they were very old apple trees.
So based solely on that I say go for it, I know I am planning to when we finally buy our retirement property.
3 years ago
HI, Im brand new to this forum, I just found it while searching again for potential retirement property in TN. Our plan is to purchase 20ish acres in about 4 to 6 years and spend 2 to 3 years getting everything situated on it before we move to it. We know it will be somewhere in TN, we both have family scattered all over the state, but I have been more focused on the western/middle parts. I joined this group because permaculture captured my interest years ago, and we would like to have neighbors that have the same mindset. Is there a forum in this group somewhere that shares out info about land for sale near them?

Thanks for any advice
Terry
3 years ago