There was some excitement this week (from me anyway) as I managed to do a deal to rent out some fields next door to our homestead.
|The top patch. The oak trees in the middle mark where an old hedge used to be and I'll probably run an electric fence up there to divide it up again.|
It's about 8 acres split into two fields although they'd be easily split into three. We're renting it as grass keep so have to be off the land for two months a year and although it's only eight acres it should help in producing more food for us and more to sell.
It literally couldn't be any nearer to us as they were once part of the same estate, the fields are much better drained than ours and slope south rather than north. .
|Looking up from the bottom of the top patch.|
|the bottom patch, really lush grass here.|
|Road access is poor to the bottom field but most tractors can fit through.|
I also made a call to a shepherd that I used to help as a child/teenager and he's going to hopefully purchase us some ewes with lambs at foot to put on to the fields. It'll be quite an investment but hopefully it should pay off in the long run. It'll be nice to put my knowledge of sheep back into practice - so long as I haven't forgotten it all!
If we don't get sheep soon then I might have to make hay on the bottom patch as it's so lush.
I'll do more information on the fields in another post.
I'm really excited about this - should be a lot of work but a lot of fun as well.