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Old 03-05-2009, 04:20 PM
 
Location: CasaMo
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Five acres is not enough for more than one horse. Worm infestation becomes a problem.
Mud and erosion also come into play.
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Old 03-05-2009, 06:42 PM
 
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Mud and erosion also come into play.
That too!!!!
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Old 03-05-2009, 08:48 PM
 
Location: In The Outland
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Log it selectively and re-plant more trees. Then leave it be or let your kids build their homes on it.
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Old 03-05-2009, 10:55 PM
 
Location: Way on the outskirts of LA LA land.
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Excellent ideas! I wonder if pumpkins would grow in So.Cal? I'm also intrigued about the herb farm thing.

Any more ideas?? You guys are great!
Yes, pumpkins grow in SoCal. Lombardi Ranch in Saugus is one such place that does this. There are others, too, in most of the inland valleys. I don't know what part of SoCal your property is in, but you should have some success with pumpkins, provided your growing season is long enough. Where I live (~5300 ft.) the season is somewhat short, but pumpkins can be grown, though there isn't usually enough time for them to get really big, from what I've seen. My neighbors have grown them, but I haven't.
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Old 03-05-2009, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Sandpoint Idaho
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Default another idea

How about bees? Chickens for eggs? Bent willow furniture?
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Old 03-06-2009, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Interior AK
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If you really don't want to invesat any time or money, I'd say that selectively logging it is probably your only option. You could rent it someone for free-range grazing goats and hogs, but sheep and cattle don't do so well in hilly forest (if it's dense). Plus, as mentioned, you can't stock many cattle or horses on just a few acres... goats, hogs and sheep would work better if you found a small/hobby farmer who needed extra range for his critters and was willing to bring his own portable fences... but you'd have to provide some source of water.

Anything you grow or raise yourself would take time and money, so keep that in mind. I know of a few small specialty farms who raise small herds of alpacas, sheep, and goats for fiber... but you'll have to care for the animals and shear or groom them, then either card & spin the wool/cashmere yourself (to sell direct to crafters), or find a distributor who will buy small quantities (not easy).
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Old 03-06-2009, 11:42 AM
 
Location: south central Pa
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I like the idea of growing pumpkins or a christmas tree farm. Pumkins would be a quicker return on investment. But long term christmas trees would be profitable too, see my link for National Christmas Tree Association: Home Page (http://www.christmastree.org/home.cfm - broken link), this is the National Christmas Tree Asso.But both trees and pumkins do take work to make a profit.
My next home purchase (1-2 yrs) will be with enough land to grow Christmas Trees for income in winter after landscaping season is over.

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Old 04-29-2013, 07:25 PM
 
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I would try the forestry service & the farm service agency about conservation reserve program,whip or cure programs. they can show you which ones you need & payments for just letting it be.T alk to both to decide which best suits your needs.
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Old 05-04-2013, 06:15 PM
 
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It is going to take a long time for Christmas trees to grow and I think your climate is not very condusive to that anyway. Horses or any foraging animals you put on your land will destroy it and the trees in time. I think I would grow things that can be a u-pick, strawberries, pumpkins, fruit from trees that grows well in your area, avacados, etc. You live in a very good climate to grow a lot of things.
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:34 AM
 
Location: South Portland, ME
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Find out how to get involved in a local farmer's market. Then, just grow literally anything (berries, fruits, vegetables, whatever) and you'd likely be able to sell it.
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