This marks the start of a new year, and 5 years of owning an acreage.
What are the biggest points for a review:
-Bought farm, then moved to Jefferson the next fall.
-Poured a new foundation under the crib, replaced slat walls with sheathing, insulation, and siding.
-Got electrical service
-Door and windows on South, East, and west walls
-Staircase to 2nd floor, half of 2nd floor has subfloor
-Most of the bin work has been removed.
-Found shed to be in good shape, and most of the roof has been replaced.
-Camped here many nights
-Grew lots of food, the best crops to remember:
Tomatoes the first few years, huge pumpkins the first year, a row of potatoes, Established strawberry patch, always lots of peas, tons of onions.
RAGBRAI came to town with tornado that took out the matching barn.
Started Greene Bean Coffee
What’s up next:
Replace some brome grass with clover for…
More tomatoes, onions, potatoes, cucumbers.
front half of shed roof
Install windows on 2nd floor of crib, add the 2nd floor interior.
Plant trees, bushes, ornamental plants around crib and shed.
Would like to replace large shed doors with garage doors and pour footing across openings. Then fill shed with crushed rock.
Sometimes it seems like these projects take forever, but looking back we have done a lot since this is a spare time/spare money project.