I've just inherited my grandfather's farm, where do I start?

Hi! I've just inherited my grandfather's farm in Washington CT. I'm 25, live in new york, and have no money. I want more than anything to move to his place and start my life there, but I have no idea where to begin or what kind of options are available to me.

The farm is small, 10 acres, it has an orchard and a blueberry farm with 80 bushes and a field for seasonal produce. It has bee hives, but the bees passed away two winters ago. The soil is dry and little grows without fertilizer, and it's on a hill.

I used to work with him during the summer, I know how to maintain the produce, but I don't know anything beyond that.

In my dreams I would level the land and bulldoze his house, only to rebuild a small bed and breakfast. I would bring the bees back and harvest and sell organic honey. Where can I learn more about how to manage this property, or how to make a living on it? Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.
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Hey Jennifer, this is a fantastic opportunity (nearly a dream scenario!), and I could recommend some resources to inspire you to get started. Here are some books written by folks (some who had similar experiences):
“The Dirty Life” “How to Grow a Farmer” “This Organic Life” and “Farm City.”
And here’s a handful of blogs you could check out, especially regarding beekeeping: Farmer Erin, Gardening in the Burroughs of New York, Accidental Farmer, and  
Brooklyn Homesteader.
While you research and learn, I also hope you’ll dig deep on how you can use this opportunity to drive a little change in the world. Will your bed and breakfast be a much-needed retreat for city artists? A place for people to reconnect with real food? An educational opportunity for local schools? Small-share CSA?
Very best of luck to you. Let me know how it goes!

Answered over 2 years ago jay g 131 2 from United States
over 2 years ago linda kay klein said:

I love this answer – and am so curious to hear what you decide to do Jennifer!

about 2 years ago exdir1 said:

Great Answer, Jay!


Jay put it well – what a fantastic opportunity! 

But I can imagine it all feels a bit overwhelming. You  may want to try to connect with other farms in the area (or at least go visit) as they may have resources or ideas or partnership interests. Depending on proximity, they may also be willing to lease some of your farmland or orchards while you figure things out. That could bring you a little income as well as information on the quality and potential of your land. A quick google found http://www.waldingfieldfarm.com/ but there may be others. 

Please do let us know how it goes – I’m sure you’ll get to realize some (if not all) of those dreams!
Answered over 2 years ago liza 95 1 from United States


This is a dream scenario with the income already jump started for you. Before you bulldoze anything, find a permaculture consultant who will show you how to use the contours of the land to capture rainwater--probably install a pond which would be lovely for your guests; grow your soil amendments instead of buy them, and generally restore the financial vitality of this lovely place.  Join the permaculture supporter group on linkedin.com.  They love to help people with issues like yours in real time...Keep reaching out!   peace and blessings!


Answered over 2 years ago naturesfriends 8 from United States


Start the work you will come up with different options. To stand in front of the farm and thinks that this is gold is useless until and unless you will shower some potentials efforts to make it happen. Good Wishes

Answered over 2 years ago salman ali khan 53 from Pakistan