[before_listing images= youtube=null] I’m near Yorkton Saskatchewan and have 80 acres of somewhat degraded meadow and black poplar bush. Part of the land is recovering really well. This year planted a whole bunch of seabuckthorn, crab apple, sand cherry hazelnuts and some other trees.
I am trying to get moved onto the land, getting a greenhouse, poultry house and a tiny house onto the land this summer, the last two being built with pallets since I haven’t been able to find the big 4x4x8 straw bales. I’m presently 14 kilometers away in an odd little house which needs lots of work and I don’t want/can’t afford to bother with it, so focussing on getting onto the land.
There are no building on the land at the moment. There is a pond which would be heaven for ducks as it’s got lots of duckweed on it. Water is good for stock but a water catchment system would be needed for household; and composting type toilets..the water table is high here so a well wouldn’t be be a huge project but we get lots of rain so unless a big family catching water should be sufficient.
I would love to have someone or several someones,or a family or two, join me on this land. It’s 30 minutes from town, if people need work, (I cannot offer money, just a place to park/build a small home and live in exchange for some help). If people had ambition then we could work out something about profit sharing.
I am retired and have arthritis so am somewhat limited in what I can manage to do. The plan is to grow trees and shrubs to produce fruit and firewood for sale,also maybe seedlings. I have a couple of dozen haskap started from seed this year and eventually want to end up with haskap, sour cherry, aronia, seabuckthorn, hazelnuts maybe saskatoons to produce fruit and honey locust (those next year, didnt get to them this year.) for firewood. Also started a few chestnuts and butternut trees but probably too far north for the chestnuts.
There’s lots of room for chickens, ducks geese etc. and those are planned for, maybe also guinea hens for the ticks! There’s lots of room for a market garden but that’s beyond me now. A cow or two or a couple of pigs also fine, was considering sheep this year but the fences need upgrading and other projects come first.
The goal is to make the place produce enough to pay for the taxes and living expenses, while healing the land and helping it get better and better.
Hoping to find people who are nice, energetic people who have a wide variety of interests (winter is long and often cold in Saskatchewan) and who understand how to interact/work cooperatively with others. A sense of humor a must as is probably a sense of adventure. (The mile of grid road to get to the paved road is usually fine but is sometimes a challenge, for example). Attitude much more important than previous knowledge. I strongly believe that courtesy and honesty are essential to getting along. No room for people with alcohol, drug or anger/violence issues, nor for people who are allergic to work, sorry.
A very long term lease (99 years?) might eventually be a possibility, depending on how things worked out between everyone. I won’t be around but don’t want the place to go to a subdivision developer.
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