Farm to Market

Early morning rainbow over our home

It’s official, the land and homestead occupied by Crowing Hen Farm is for sale.

We’re not exactly packing it in and bailing, but we are exploring another option. View the full listing on Realtor dot com and tell anybody you think might be interested.

No joke, this is a great property, it’s just not the right property for us. Why? Mainly it’s too big for two people especially when one has “the job in town” and needs to be away for days. This place would ideal for two dedicated farmers who already own or have access to haying equipment. The front field is a full 10 acres and, with proper management, yields two cuttings of dry land grain hay. The back field is about 8 acres and could be divided for sheep and a couple beef cows or goats.

The key word to remember about this place is “small.” This is dry land. The property once had water rights, but those rights were rescinded many years ago and, barring major changes to water volume and allocation, will not get those rights back. Thus careful management is needed to keep everything in balance. Put too many animal units on the back field and it could become a dustbowl.

The majority of the fields out here in Sams Valley are dry land and farmers here successfully raise sheep, goats, beef and grow dry land grain hay and dry land alfalfa. Successfully working this land is totally possible, but I’m not the guy to do it on my own and, after being here, I’m no longer sure it’s what I want.

A handsome barred rock rooSo, here’s your chance to pick up where we’re letting off. We’ve addressed all the important issues about the house, added copious water storage for humans and stock, built as small, but really nice, pole barn, and cleaned out tons of crap left behind by the previous owners.