Sunday, December 07, 2008


Months and months ago we started negotiating to buy some farm land. After some re-nogiatating and lots and lots of paperwork, I'm thrilled to announce...IT'S OURS!

We now own 25 acres of land in Homedale. The top of the hill has views of both the Owyhee mountains as well as the Snake River. There's then a slope, and corrals on the bottom, with a spring that runs most of the year. We're hoping to start building a home a year or so from now, with the goal that it will be done by the time Catie starts kindergarten, so she can just start in Homedale and not have to switch schools.

Right now the top of the hill is pretty good pasture grass. The hill and low areas need quite a bit of work and re-seeding, plus we need to figure out irrigation. But we are beyond excited. I'm hoping to have an intensive grazing system for beef cattle and fiber critters (definitely more sheep and maybe a few more alpacas). Plus I'll finally get my chickens. I'd love to someday have a market garden, but that's far in the future from now. We've signed up for a course through the extension office called Living on the Land, and I think we'll get tons of great info from that.

Here's a view from the top of the hill. We'd like to put the house out from where this picture was taken...looking east over the river.

This is what I've been working toward for years, and am a little floored that it's finally happening. Now we need to come up with a name for our farm. Right now I'm leaning towards Riverview Farm and Fibers. Any other suggestions?


Kim said...

Oh Jocele!!! I'm so excited for you!!! And I LOVE the name Riverview!

What a great place for your new home--atop that hill, overlooking the Snake River. AND a view of the Oywhees? And girl, you're right there in wine country--I'm so envious!


P.S. Have you seen Heidi's new baby? Oh, the pictures in her post--they're so beautiful!


erica said...

I am so happy for you! I know you've been waiting for this day for a long time! The name is wonderful, I say stick with it. Can't wait to come over for knit nights in your Sarah Susanka home in Homedale!! :)

Anonymous said...

How about "The Joad's Family Farm"?

Jess said...

Jocele that's awesome!! Congrats!

Oh and you've been tagged. :)

erika~ the inspired mama said...

oh my goodness, how EXCITING jocele! that is wonderful!!

it sounds funny to talk about katie and kindergarten! because i of course still think of her as a sweet and tiny baby :)