|With our current farmhouse in the background, Skylar contemplates her future|
Will she be one of the chosen ones to travel north with us...or not?
So what's the holdup ? you shout. Or was that me? Well it seems we are not the only fish in this guys ocean. We are, I believe fish number 3 or 4. And when he gets to us, all will be well. In the meantime, we have met with those our buyer plans to hire to run the farm, and we've made our own plans for the conversion.
For now, the plan goes like this. The new owner will buy the farm. Then he will sign contracts with those who will run the farm. We will then start training those folks while we still are living here. Then after Christmas, the new managers will start spending more time overnight here while we start staying overnight at the poor farm. We will also purchase a shipping container (8 x 40? 10 x 80?) to store all the stuff we will begin moving to the new farm. Many other items will be sold or given away.
And where will we sleep?
Don't worry we have that all figured out. Either a mobile home, or a big Yurt, or an RV or Keith's newest idea...we'll buy an old (but sturdy farm) pay to have it moved. Pay for a foundation and build a small living area for ourselves. The animal will live at the other end of the barn.
Hows that for high end accommodations.?
While living there part time we will start building our new earth covered home. We've been getting quotes for materials and labor and plan to do 80% of the work ourselves. First we will have to begin tearing down the unlivable beast of a house sitting at The Poor Farm. Windows will be recycled for the new barn and some of the floors can be recycled into new (old) floors in the new house. Most of it though will go in the bin.
A very LARGE bin.
In the meantime costs begin to add up, as they have a tendency to do with any project.
Property $44,000 (7 acres and one crumbling abode house)
Electrical work (new pole and wiring) $2000 (estimated)
House Plan Book $25 (earth home specific)
Gas (back and forth 40 mile RT $15 a trip
Each day we are closer to our new life. You know, the one with the composting toilet.