There is a 14 acre parcel next door to us that has a small cabin on it, as well as a storage shed. My late brother owned this property and he was the builder there. We ended up buying it and we are so glad that we did. Although he is gone, we have a little piece of him still right next door and I have to say, I am liking this.
This property has hayfields and a large enough pasture that we can have our friend’s horses out on the field. Our long term goal is to fix up the hayfields and go back to pulling the hay they were getting off this property years ago. We have been told that the Valley we live in used to pull in hundreds of tons of good quality hay. Over time, beavers have come in and dammed the creek. The fields have largely been let go but we want to change all of that.
The picture shows the pasture in the middle and the hayfields behind the pasture. We own a small strip beyond that line of willows you can see.
Since we want to plan for the future, where Graham can stay home and open a hydraulic/mechanic’s shop, we’ve been thinking of ways to supplement our income while being able to enjoy being in the Valley most of the year. Selling hay will be just one facet of the plan.
Graham did start cutting the field this year, but he really didn’t have the time. One of our Valley friends, who has hayfields of his own, agreed to come and take care of getting the hay off the lower field. He’s been cutting, tedding and baling over there for about 5 days now.
I’m hoping when I get back to the Valley in a week, he’ll be all done and the cut field should look awesome. Then I can run over there on the quad and check it out. Apparently, he is pulling out a lot of the old thatch, which is great. We had thought Graham would have to rake the field this fall in order to get rid of the thatch. It would be a really nice bonus if most of this is taken care of, while this year’s hay is coming off the field.