Friday, March 29, 2013

Step 2: Get some LAND

Before I jump to Step 1b, I want to put up the pictures of the land I have.  And sometimes in life, you have to take two step forward and then go back lol.  The real estate agent took the pictures last summer and I drove up there to walk the property...but when I did there was about 4 feet of snow covering the almost 9 acres.  I walked for about half hour and got about 100 to 150 yards.  I sat in the snow straight up in the clearing after walking over trees laying on the ground and what seemed to be rocks protruding from the grounds.  I didn't see much except there was a wall all around the property made of stone...could I move them??

It will be good to start focusing my IDEA Steps on the geography and landscape of the land....

The above picture is of a driveway that was started to be cleared out...It took me forever to get down that drive way.  If you look at the grounds, they look moist...survey says I need to fill the land (sand probably)...

I got to about where the branches are in the back of the picture right before the green trees.  The giant log on the side I remember walking over...again when I walked it, there was too much snow...

The clearing is only about 2 to 3 acres.  A few days ago I got a respond from a farmer who wants to lease about 2-3 acres for the summer...may be a good way to pay for operations, or trade for the labor??  

I don't know what kind of trees these are and at first I didn't care...then the farmer who I talked to said next time I go to see the property, he would walk it with me and show me which trees could make us some money.  He said maple trees we keep, with syrup at $75 a gallon its a great gig lol  Ummm okay.  You learn something new everyday, like, there's a little ching-ching in trees when you think sustainable farming and building!

Another shot of the grounds...there's the water..can you see it? far to a well??  I called a local driller and he said it would cost about $25-$50 a foot to drill and we need to go from about 25-60 feet...that's a high of $3,000...ain't nobody got time for that!!!  How about some maple syrup???  Hope I have the trees!!

I post most pictures for IDEAs on How to Build Green on the Facebook Page
Please share any ideas you may have!!

479 Mang Road
(8.9 Acres)
Salisbury, NY 13365 
Little Falls, Herkimer County