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The Search Continues

November 1, 2011

We haven’t posted anything new recently for a couple of reasons. First of all, we got married on Oct 1st. It was a fantastic day and the beginning of our lifelong honeymoon together.

The other thing that has been keeping us occupied is searching for land. As we’ve talked about in previous posts, we’re bound and determined to start our own farm, so we are hunting for a small parcel of land to call our own. It is not easy to find what we are looking for. I don’t know what we were expecting. I mean, they aren’t just handing out awesome farms for free. (Although, that wouldn’t be a bad idea. It would encourage a lot of other people like us to start growing amazing food.)

There are a few things that we’ve identified as important features to look for in a farm. Location is key. We can build barns and improve soil, however the one thing we can not change about a farm is its location. We looked at one farm about 40 miles west of Selinsgrove, and although we fell in love with it, eventually we realized that it is simply too far from our home base. Why stay close to Selinsgrove? We’ve got roots here, family and friends, a community not to be taken for granted. Also, we’re offering CSA shares in 2012, and we don’t want to ask people to drive 40 miles to pick-up veggies.

So we crossed the too-far farm off the list. Now we’re looking for land within 10 miles of Selinsgrove. We’re open to land that does not yet have a home built on it, as we are interested in building a sustainable home. (I’ve got a book on straw bale building that is on my winter reading agenda.) Our farm can be as small as 5 acres or as big as 20. Also we need a source of water, be it a stream, pond, or well. Recently we checked out one place that previously had a mobile home on the property, so there is a well, septic and electricity already hooked up.

It’s worth mentioning that we continue to come across advertisements for land that is being marketed toward real estate developers. In order to stay afloat, farms everywhere are selling off parcels of their land to builders. As a result, more than an acre of farmland is lost every minute to development. (As we lose farmland, who is producing our food?) This also makes buying farmland expensive and the biggest hurdle for new farmers.

So we continue hunting for the right piece of land. In the meantime, Harv is reading about workhorses. We’re both working on a business plan and crop plan. We covered our low tunnels and cold frames so that our winter crops are protected from severe cold. (FYI, kale omelets are delicious!) We planted garlic and spring onions. Soon we’ll inventory our seeds. As we change seasons, farm work shifts gears, but I still wouldn’t call this the off-season.

Photos of the happy couple and our low tunnels follow. As always, feel free to email us with comments or questions at seriousfarms@gmail.com.

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  1. November 2, 2011 9:24 am

    Congratulations on the wedding!!! keep looking, your farm will find you!! But until then, keep planning for next year’s crops and we will see you at the Farmer’s Market!!

    Bev
    Bee Haven Acres
    Millerstown

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