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Farm infrastructure: What & when to build

publication date: Sep 1, 2013
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In September of 2006, my husband and I purchased 17 acres of class-1 farmland with water rights just 13 miles from our market. The land was perfect for us and yet completely “bare” — no buildings or infrastructure of any kind. Not even a well! There had been a house and a shop at one time, but they had been removed years before we bought the land.
So, as new farmers in our mid-20s, we had before us an amazing (and daunting) task of creating our farm’s infrastructure from scratch with limited resources (time and money). Where would we put buildings? What kind? How quickly?

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