Our Homestead, Farm, and Market Garden
It has been a long time since we last posted about our homestead, farm, and market garden. I apologize for being absent for so long. We have been in limbo for the last year while we worked on making improvements to our current home in preparation for its sale. The current home is on the market now and we have been getting a lot of people looking at the house. Packing and getting ready to move is time-consuming as everyone who has ever sold a home knows but the end is in view for our current life.
I hope to be moved into the new homestead in Carrollton, GA after the new year (2017). The home we are moving into is an old farmhouse which is over 100 years old. This is the home that I grew up in and after my stepdad passed away in January 2016, I have been spending as much time as I can trying to keep things stabilized on the farm. There has been very little farming done in the last couple years on the homestead but we plan on changing that in the coming year.
Homestead and Farm Projects
There is a lot to still do on the farm to get it back into production but I look forward to this challenge. The old chicken house needs to be demolished and a new chicken house built. The old well needs a new pump and pipes run out closer to the fields and the garage where my post-production facility will be built. Fields need to be plowed, permanent beds formed and tarped to prevent weed growth. Fruit trees need to be pruned (blueberry, cherry, peach, apple, and figs). New tools and equipment need to be purchased. A lean-to greenhouse needs to be built on the south facing wall of the garage to act as our seedling nursery and for our upcoming microgreens expansion. We need to find a new farmer’s market near the farm (there is a small one in Carrollton). I could go on and on but that is something I will try to do once we get moved and settled down.
Homestead Construction Plans
Another big project is the farmhouse addition that needs to be done to add additional bathrooms, a new guest bedroom, larger kitchen, and a large living room. The farmhouse is in great shape still but trying to live and function with one very small bathroom for 4 people just won’t work. My mother has been living here alone for the past year and will continue to live with us. My wife’s mother also lives with us so she will need a new bedroom. The farmhouse is around 1500 sq ft with 10′ ceilings, tongue and groove old heart pine planking on the walls, and we hope the original pine floor is still in good shape under the carpet.
The future is looking good and hope we can provide some interesting content in 2017 to everyone who follows us on social media. Look for more posts about the farm, equipment used, and techniques for having a small market garden produce an income for anyone looking for their own homestead.
Our Farm and Homestead
We already have a growing social media presence on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest. We will also be working with great companies like Amazon.com and YouTube in the hopes these ventures can help us afford this website and help us earn a little online income for our many projects. If you are looking for a book or some of the equipment we use on the farm, please use the links and advertisements found on the site.