After putting our previous facility on the market in August 2011, we starting looking for property for our new farm. We thought it would take a couple years to sell our farm but had a contract in only 8 weeks! So we had to get more aggressive with looking for our new farm.
Mike and I really wanted to stay in the same general location so we drew a triangle from Leavenworth to Tonganoxie to Desoto as our targeted search area. We started looking at properties but we were on polar opposites as to what we wanted....that is how Mike and I generally work! We weren't having much luck as I didn't like what he liked and he didn't like what I liked.
I printed out a couple properties for Mike to check out. He called me at work and asked me if I believed in karma? I do and our new farm is exactly that....karma. About 8 years ago when we were doing a lot of APHA/AQHA breeding we looked at a property that we absolutely loved. It was out of our price range and we ultimately decided that it would be taking on too much to have two farms to manage. Good decision as then the breeding business tanked with the economy!
But Mike was calling me from 'our' property. It was back on the market and priced at about 60% of what it was 8 yrs ago....the breeding business is not the only thing that has been impacted by the economy. It was karma that it was back on the market and while at the upper end of our price range, it was exactly what we both wanted.
We purchased the property the week of Thanksgiving and waited until we knew the former farm was going to close. It took several months to get to that point but as we got closer we started doing some prep work. We got the well pump operating and the well certified. We ran water and electric to the pasture area. We built the first three pastures and run-in sheds. We designed our barn, got bids and selected a builder. We determined septic fields. We got bids for renovating the little house on the property for Felix and Maria. As each week went by we took more and more steps and our new farm began to take shape.
Watch our progress via our Stoney Meadow Farms page on Facebook!