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?
greenhouse, tractor, tiller for tractor, soil tests and appropriate fertilizers.
Are you giving it away??????
website might be a good idea, also.
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.
Greenhouse, manure, new canopy, funds toward a better transportation vehicle, irrigation
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.
Garage and walk-in cooler.
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.
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
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!
I didn't even think about a packing shed and walk in cooler. Those items would be very nice too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I would rent some more land, and set aside the rest to hire some spring help