February 18, 2012 at 5:36 pm #256627
Across the road from us is a 16 ha block of highly productive land for sale, previously a strawberry farm – complete with equipped bores with high quality water, water authorisation, drainage, wetland system, plus we’re in a high rainfall area (for SA standards anyway). Its been on the market for a while and while its only a pipe dream, every time we drive past (daily!) DH and I wonder what we could do with it if we bought it. So I thought I’d post a hypothetical to see what ideas you have. We’d need to keep our day jobs and make some money from it fairly quickly. It has easy access, with side road and busy main road frontage (local and tourist traffic).
If it was your land, what would you do with it ??February 18, 2012 at 5:51 pm #520345
Organic flowers, fruit & vegg, direct sales, grow to order, eco tourism, land for wildlife, permaculture…….. You have oodles of room to grow for a good business and it sounds as though there is lots of existing infrastructure.February 18, 2012 at 6:42 pm #520346
enjoy it, if the strawberry structure is still there, put in strawberries on some, in another area, quick growing veges and flowers another area long term crops, fruit orchard, then put some milking stock on it goats and cows already in milk, market the milk and make cheese amd market it, look for long term expansion in the stock side either for your own use or sales and crops that can be cut sold and the stock put on the left over growth to clean it up and refertise the soil on a rotation basis
KerryFebruary 18, 2012 at 7:01 pm #520347
I would look at doing a version of Polyface Farm and cycle cows & chickens, pigs, all free ranging, organic & pasture fed. You even have enough space that, if you were feeling generous, could give over part to be a community garden, although in your neck of the woods there’s no shortage of land amongst most of the locals. You could do a CSA (community supported agriculture) section where people pre-buy fruit & veg that is grown there & collected by them each week or a box scheme. You could have WWOOFers stay to help out with it all.
Oh, so much potential!February 18, 2012 at 7:05 pm #520348
I would try pick-your-own vegies, landscape tree farm or maybe agist horses. You could put in yabby dams.
What part of the state? If you are in the SE you would have less options for wholesale plants, fruit or veg, but it could be an option closer to Adelaide.February 18, 2012 at 7:46 pm #520349
Gee on 16 productive ha you could do a great deal ….mostly anything if you have the soil and water (fencing as well if you are looking at any form of livestock). One thing I would say though, is that it should be something you like to do, as in the long term that can make a real difference. I always think diversity is the way to go, so that you do not put all your eggs in one basket and are not dependent on one type of product. Value adding a product is also a good idea. Another thing to look at is your market …look for the gaps and see what is not available readily in your area.February 18, 2012 at 10:01 pm #520350
You could even plant a whole lot of walnut trees as your retirement fund. When you’re old enough to retire, you get the trees logged & the timber is worth a small fortune.February 19, 2012 at 4:47 pm #520351
not tell anyone else about it and start counting my money :tup: :whistle: :laugh:February 19, 2012 at 6:03 pm #520352
I know the place you are talking about they did do a lot of spraying there when the strawberries and corn were growing back in the 90s.
It comes with a run down house that could be done up with some time and money.
A friend and their daughter has looked at it but the main road puts them of off it. You would need to do masses of tree planting along the road side for privacy.
If you can build up the soil and regrow organic its well worth the money and time spent.February 20, 2012 at 12:34 am #520353
thanks everyone – so much great food for thought! As I said, it was just a hypothetical and pipe dream! As per a previous post we are about to go to Darwin for 3 months, so will wait and see if its still on the market when we get back. It would need more money spent on it – Robyne it is the place you refer to so the house would either need lots of $$ or a demolish/rebuild and there is no fencing so that would need to be done too, esp if we decided on some livestock, at least to clear out the weeds! It is a perfect spot for farm gate sales. Oh well, you have to have dreams – anyone want to go halves in some prime horticultural land! I just hope whoever does end up buying it puts it to good use and doesn’t destroy it.February 20, 2012 at 2:02 am #520354
Have you seen this place? It’s got all you need, well, not a house, but the trees are already there, it’s an absolutely beautiful place & would also be fantastic for farm gate sales. http://www.eldersrealestate.com.au/rural/buy/property-sa-lenswood-482593February 21, 2012 at 4:01 pm #520355
it does look lovely BV, but DH would run a mile at the thought of “massive pine trees” – we’ve just spent 5 years clearing them from our current land (still a few to go) and replanting with natives – lol!February 21, 2012 at 4:12 pm #520356
If its a good roadside sale place, can have my plants over there next week 😛
Theres so many intensive hort crops you could do with that quality land, hard to think where to start.. want some macadamia trees??? heheheFebruary 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm #520357
my firt thought if it has been a strawberry farm is highly contaminated land 👿 forget it and put your time and money into something with a future
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