How would you invest $25K?

Slimy_Okra(2b)November 18, 2012

Let's say you had access to $25K on the condition it was all invested in materials or activities related to your farm. What would you use it for?

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myfamilysfarm

greenhouse, tractor, tiller for tractor, soil tests and appropriate fertilizers.

Are you giving it away??????

website might be a good idea, also.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2012 at 6:23PM
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jrslick (North Central Kansas, Zone 5B)

I would buy a tractor, tiller, plastic mulch layer, disc hiller, mower, and other applicable tillage tools. Then I would spend the balance on high tunnels and one smaller greenhouse.

Jay

    Bookmark   November 18, 2012 at 9:35PM
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magz88(5a - Central Ontario)

Greenhouse, manure, new canopy, funds toward a better transportation vehicle, irrigation

    Bookmark   November 18, 2012 at 10:28PM
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cole_robbie(6)

I'm building a 18x48 high tunnel right now and hoping to come in under $1,000 in costs, and then beyond that I'm also hoping to grow $2,000 worth of tomatoes in it. Provided that all of this works, it would make my answer to your question be that I'd build 25 high tunnels that would make me $50k every year.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 12:17AM
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rustico_2009

Garage and walk-in cooler.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 12:41AM
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randy41_1

walk in cooler; another high tunnel; better irrigation system; front end loader for my tractor; certifiable kitchen; climate controlled processing facility (for washing spinning and bagging); a large leaf vacuum/shredder. that should hold me for a while. well, this is > 25k.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 5:58AM
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boulderbelt(5/6)

I would run water into my packing shed/store building and put in a bathroom (and than be about 80% ready to get the building certified), walk in cooler, greenhouse and perhaps a few hoophouses and if there is anything leftover a new barn roof

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 6:04AM
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rustico_2009

Actually, a friend just gave my family a little more than what we are talking about. I paid off some debt left over from building a rental house. But next time someone gives me $25K... I'll know better what to do!

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 12:00PM
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jrslick (North Central Kansas, Zone 5B)

I didn't even think about a packing shed and walk in cooler. Those items would be very nice too.

Jay

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 2:50PM
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brookw_gw

All of the suggestions are indeed "right on." However, the number one tool used on my farm is my 4 wheeler. I use it endlessly year round for everything you can think of. By far, it is the most reliable machine I've ever owned. I bought this OLD Honda Foreman Rubicon years ago. It pulls like a tractor, can go anywhere, has never once failed to start, requires no maintenance, and has saved my decrepit old body much grief. I've had that thing for about 7 years now. It has not used one drop of oil and still has the original battery!!! I've pulled down trees, pulled up stumps, moved hay bales, spread lime and fertizer, sprayed, marked, moved telephone poles through woods to make a bridge, hauled countless tons of wood, produce, mulch, rock, hauled out at least 30 deer, hoisted, plowed, planted, smoothed, rolled, entertained, cooked meals, made the bed,and caught fish. It's a lot of fun too! Like anything though, you've gotta respect these machines. A lot of folks get hurt on them.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 4:29PM
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myfamilysfarm

Brook, you're right, but until you have one and used it, you don't realize how much you miss it when it's broke.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 5:05PM
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brookw_gw

New ones aren't cheap, that's for sure. However, if you do your homework, you can pick one up for a reasonable price. I have several pieces of equipment I pull behind mine, the cart being endlessly used. They now make just about everything you need to farm w/one if you don't have a tractor.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2012 at 8:37AM
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dirtdigging101(7 - NC)

Well as long as we are pipe dreaming i will go for 600 feet of 8 feet high fence to enclose 1/2 acre. Then enough quality compost for 3 inches over most of it.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2012 at 12:10PM
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sandy0225(z5 Indiana)

I would rent some more land, and set aside the rest to hire some spring help

    Bookmark   November 26, 2012 at 8:37PM
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