Yes ... I know it was a big step and a big dream. I've always believed in dreaming big and then taking the steps to make the dream happen.
The criteria for the new farm was that it had to have a decent house to live in ... shelter for the goats ... pasture for the horses ... a milking parlor ... a good clean water supply to meet state milk board regulations .... a convenient location ... and be within our price range.
We looked at several farms and finally purchased a farm in Laclede county that was only about 30 minutes from our old farm. It met our criteria for the new farm.
It's only a short walk from the back steps to the barn and milking parlor.
The milking parlor and attached tank room were built more that 20 years ago and probably hadn't been milked in for more than 15 years. It was constructed for milking 4 cows on each side of the parlor. Needless to say we have done a LOT of remodeling to the milking parlor and tank room to make them fit the goats and the tank room into the cheese processing room. (More on these buildings in future posts!)
The old barn ... When I first saw it ... I thought ... Oh My! But, when I took a close look at it, I realized that the solid oak framework was solid. It only need a face lift and some tin put back on the roof.
We tore out the entire front of the barn and rebuilt it from the concrete up. The side of the barn also got the new white metal on it.
The barn gives plenty of shelter space for the goats and room for hay storage in the large loft.
It has been a lot of work restoring the old barn and other structures here on the new farm, but it's all coming together.