And not even a Gold Farmer, LOL.  With the distinct possibility that I won’t be able to find a decent IT job anytime soon, the prospect of moving up to my Mom’s farm is looking not only interesting, but even attractive.  I’ve always wanted to start up a garden nursery, and with her land, which includes irrigation rights (basically the water is “free” due to the property taxes levied in that rural area). Currently there’s just a small orchard on the property, leaving appx. a full acre that is absolutely vacant dirt just waiting to be planted/irrigated.

I’ve got quite a few ideas of what I could plant in order to make a cash crop, and I’ve even got most of the expertise in setting up irrigation systems and taking care of the various plants and herbs that I’d like to try – although I’ve never tried something on this scale before.  Mainly I’ve just been a backyard gardener – but I was very successful in that endeavor, so I guess well see where it leads.

As for what I will raise – mainly I’m leaning towards unusual, yet easy to care for plants.  The farm is in Zone 5, so that’s going to limit me considerably in the beginning since I’m used to gardening in Zone 7.  I may also try to learn how to graft fruit trees, since there’s already and abundant supply of those on the property; apricot, peach, pear, apple, plum, cherry, and oriental pear plus a few varieties of grape.   All-in-all it could turn out to be a lucrative business venture.  And who knows, maybe in a year or so you’ll be able to buy some really interesting plants from my farm! 😀

There’s also already a “long house” on the property that used to be four chicken coops – it’s about 100 yards long, and the middle two portions are already semi-converted to a green-house by the owners prior to my parents who did run a small nursery when they lived there.  I’ll know more in a few weeks, and I’ll try to keep y’all up-to-date on the happenings. I hope your weekend is shaping up to be amazing – Enjoy!

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