After 25 years in the rat race and having raised three boys, my wife and I are looking for the next chapter in our lives. We are in search of the tranquility and peace that comes with cultivating land and watching plants and animals grow.
We are very flexible in the beginning, however, for our long-term needs we would need water rights to the land as well as the ability to build the structures that we require, like a barn, smokehouse, aquaponics building, and hoop houses.
I spent my summers growing up helping my grandfather on his farm in Southern Idaho. He kept approximately 50-65 cows and raised alfalfa on 150 acres. I helped feed the cows morning and night, haul irrigation piping, drive tractor and combine, etc. I, along with my wife, have also been avid gardeners for 10+ years raising mostly herbs and vegetables, however I have been experimenting over the last 2 years with aquaponic cultivation of fish and vegetables in my basement using grow lights and two 75 gallon fish tanks with surprising success. My wife grew up spending summers helping on her grandparents farm in Mississippi with more focus on horses, goats, and home garden cultivation.
We are anxious to learn from any mentor or experienced farmers whenever available. We intend to cultivate a circular permaculture system with rotation of chickens, ducks, or other foul, pigs or goats, and 1-4 dairy cows. Once the land has been enriched by the animals, we intend to plant cover crop which will allow for the further rotation of the animals and enrichment of the soil. We also intend to build 1-4 hoop houses (each with different temperatures and humidities) to allow for year round crop cultivation. Our plan is to train to have a farm that we eventually own and can subsist on without reliance on the supply chain. Our plan is also scalable and will allow for sale of all-natural meat, fruits and vegetables, berries, dairy, and honey.
Our primary goal is to become nearly, if not totally, self-reliant. We have a plan to install a solar array for electrical needs, as well as water collection. We are not opposed to being connected to city or county utilities, but would hope to be mostly off-grid. We have plans to construct both a house and barn on our own land, should they be needed.
We are seeking an opportunity that will provide housing options which allow for pets. We have both dogs and cats, as well as a variety of fish (but those are for our aquaponic system).
Most of the time it is just my wife and I, but we would hope for space enough for our boys to visit.
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