130 Acres and a Pond
Initially, my adult-aged children did not share my thoughts on the significance of owning farmland; they considered it a bit foolhardy and ”out there.” However, their friends involved in the healthy food movement thought I was “really cool” and that helped make it more palatable to them, although they were not keen on taking any kind of active role in its management or use.
Two of my four children came up to see the property, and when they did, pronounced it “awesome.” They were a bit concerned with the lack of any house or, in fact, any structure on it, and wanted to know where we would all stay. I assured them we would have a place by summer and told them of my dream to someday build a zero-energy house on the site. Shaking their heads in disbelief, they asked me yet again if I knew what I was getting into.
The closing was in mid-March. Till I figure out where to live, the owner of the property generously gave me the use of a garden apartment he owns half a mile away. Now my most pressing concern is to reduce the carrying costs (aka taxes) on the land and maybe find a cash crop. In leasing the land to Hawthorne Valley Farm, I will receive an agricultural exemption on my taxes, and food from their farm. But how can I actually generate a revenue stream to pay the remaining taxes? There’s a lot for me to learn and I don’t have any time to waste! To be continued…
To Your Health!
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