Through the Years
In the Beginning, 2009 - 2010
We bought our beautiful farm in November 2009. The barn was built in 1947. There was a little bit of rotted wood that had to be replaced and most of the windows were missing. But besides that and needing a good paint job, it was in good shape. Or so we thought. Once the repairs began it was easy to see that the barn needed a lot of work. Every supporting corner had to be replaced. You can see the rotted wood in the before pictures.
By the end of 2010 the major repairs to the barn were done.
In 2010 the pole barn driveway was also improved from a packed mud path to a driveway with a foundation of bank run gravel.
In 2011 the cow barn was painted, everything except the tippy top by the electic wires. From the bottom, I operated the lift and prayed a lot while Mike did the painting in the bucket.
In 2011 the barnyard behind the cow barn was made accessible to drive on and be able to reach the back. Previously, it was just a mess.
2011 ended with the barn mostly painted and the barnyard useable. Also in November of 2011 ground was broken on our new home at the farm!
In 2012 our new home was finished. The road was originally closed during the winter. Luckily, 2012 was a very mild winter and we were able to move in mid-March.
In April, our best friend Fonzie went to Route 20, was hit by a car and died.
In May Charlie and Cookie became our farm dogs.
More digging - this time for the aerated compost bays
2013 - 2014
In 2013 we took down the barb wire fencing. We had Williams Fence install high tensile fence near the barnyard. Lots of pictures and notes were taken to learn how it was done.
In 2014 we put high tensile fence around our future pasture.
Then the big day came - our very own cows!!
2016 - 2017
2018 - 2020
Not so many major improvements - just the day to day chores and hopefully making time to take in the beauty of the farm.