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  • Hello,
    Just joined boards, been reading alot of treads, super helpful.
    Hubby and I have been talking along time about having a small holding. I got John Seymours book on self sustainability and its really hammered home how much we want to do this for ourselves and our children, to pass on the life skills.

    We are hoping to buy a few acres this year, 5 acres would be nice. An opportunity to buy 40 acres farm land and house might be possible, it's much bigger than what we had planned but location wise it's good. To make it work for us we are thinking it could be possible to plant majority of the land with native broadleave forestry using the grant scheme and the rest of the land for small holding.
    Hubby is interested in rare breed sheep and cows. To go organic would be great.

    I have found it hard at times on Boards when there isnt a reply, dont take it personally. It caught my eye about John Seymour, that is how I got into it, I did short course at his school and got to know him a tiny bit, very inspirational person. We bought 14 acres, which for a townie was daunting, but dont regret it, too little restricts options.
    It is possible to buy big and sell on what you dont want, ok legal fees etc but then you are not overwhelmed. I know quite a few people who had 10 acres plus and in the end just didnt use it fully, its my current situation.
    best of luck in your search.




  • bozd wrote: »
    I have found it hard at times on Boards when there isnt a reply, dont take it personally. It caught my eye about John Seymour, that is how I got into it, I did short course at his school and got to know him a tiny bit, very inspirational person. We bought 14 acres, which for a townie was daunting, but dont regret it, too little restricts options.
    It is possible to buy big and sell on what you dont want, ok legal fees etc but then you are not overwhelmed. I know quite a few people who had 10 acres plus and in the end just didnt use it fully, its my current situation.
    best of luck in your search.
    You could rent some of the land that you are not using to a local farmer or set it for hay/silage until you are set up to utilise it all.
    Are you growing anything (veg/fruit) on it for your own use.




  • Had it 20 years so tried many things and the easiest is to cut hay and sell it. People coming through the yard in tractors is never easy. I had rescue horses for years which I think is the best way but labourious. I have a polytunnel, softfruit area, willow plantation and trees planted, lost my orchard to farmers cattle when rented it out so wont be doing that again.




  • Hi,

    I'm taking over my fathers 50 acres, I know this seems large for a smallholding but I'm not a farmer and will not be running this as a regular farm.
    There is a house on the farm and it's the 10 or so acres around this that I will be doing something with.
    Looking for advice and recommendations on what to do with it, must be interesting and enjoyable as it will be weekend work




  • n1st wrote: »
    Hi,

    I'm taking over my fathers 50 acres, I know this seems large for a smallholding but I'm not a farmer and will not be running this as a regular farm.
    There is a house on the farm and it's the 10 or so acres around this that I will be doing something with.
    Looking for advice and recommendations on what to do with it, must be interesting and enjoyable as it will be weekend work

    Depends on your experience and the type of land id say. I keep sheep and find them easy enough to do part time


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  • totally agree sheep is your best bet as you could buy store lambs as save the troubke of shearing and lambing ewes



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