Welcome to Old Bellamy Farm

 

We bought the farm!!  Click here for information about the farm location.

This site is being used to collect information about regenerative agriculture, livestock, permaculture, and homesteading in north-central Florida.  In addition, it documents our journey as we slowly build the farm and attempt to build our knowledge base through research and work.

Site Organization

The information on this site is generally accessible from the following top-level links:

 

Goals for 2018

Late in 2017 we bought the first parcel for the land and we started clearing access from the service road to the lower and then upper pastures.   Very early in 2018, we installed our first livestock gate.

Below are our (mostly modest and achievable) goals for the remainder of 2018.

  1. Complete the purchase of the additional 6 acres to the north of our original 20 acres.
  2. Establish the legal and financial entities for our farm land and operations.
  3. Remove the large pine trees that line the service road, breaking line of sight between the upper and lower pastures.
  4. Widen and pave a portion of the service road, to allow trucks with trailers to navigate the road more easily and allow our neighbors easier access through our service road.
  5. Plant orchard and shade trees throughout the two pastures, per our evolving land use planning.
  6. Build an onsite tool shed to hold our tools on the farm (and allow for a temporary composting toilet)
  7. Protect the young orchard trees, by either fencing in the entire upper pasture with deer fence, or through a smaller fence around the orchard area.
  8. Complete initial planning for the houses on the parcels and get general pricing for construction.
  9. Pay off as much of the primary mortgage as possible, hopefully at least 50% of the outstanding balance.
  10. Continue to build our homesteading skills, through practice and classes.

In addition, we will continue to purchase tools as necessary and will likely either get the walk-behind tractor or lawn mower this year to give us some ability to control the encroachment of wild nature, bushes, etc..