City slickers moving to the country - got any advice?
We've decided to expand our market gardening operation into something more serious. We found an affordable 100 acre parcel about 30 miles from the city (10 miles to the nearest village). This would be our first time living in the countryside, and of course the opinions of most of our friends and family is that we are insane. However, we really want to make this work.
I'm just wondering if there are any obvious things we should be aware of. Our irrigation needs will be taken care of by a municipal water line as well as rainwater catchment. There is also a pond. The land is gently rolling with loamy, well-drained soil, although there is a large flat area that would be good for initial planting. It's located five miles from a small valley (and above it) so it shouldn't be a frost pocket. Most of our planting will be in high tunnels and the rest will have deer fencing. We would also invest in a small tractor for clearing snow off the 'driveway', as well as for plowing land. We intend to use about 20 acres and rent the rest.
We don't have guns or dogs. We try to get away every year during December and January, so that makes owning a dog impractical.
Other things we'd have to invest in - walk in cooler, heated greenhouse for starting transplants, drip lines.
Do you have any tips or advice for us? Thank you.