Buying a farm in Floyd VA
At last my life long dream to own and garden a piece of rural land in the mountains! We now have a contract on a house with 25 acres in Floyd, right in the middle of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Most of it will be in hay, but my pride will be a 50' x 100' vegetable garden with lots of tomatoes, garlic, onions, corn, etc. Even thinking about grapes for wine making.
The property is at 2,600 feet elevation with a clay loam soil. I am used to growing vegetables at sea level in a sandy loam, so this will be a new experience. The new house is on a hill top and I am expecting a somewhat lower humidity than in NJ, so hopefully I will be less affected by my usual foliage diseases.
My first priority after closing is to get a soil analysis and start on the needed amendments. The garlic bed gets the first attention as I usually plant in early November. I hope to get a local farmer to help with the initial tilling until I can get my own tractor and attachments. As it turns out, there is an organic farm supply place just five miles from the new farm, and I have already contacted the local cooperative extension and county land planner for information on the area.
Can't wait to get my hands in the soil!