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Old 04.08.2019, 14:24
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Re: "Hobby farming" or "smallholding" - anyone have experience?

Thanks so much meloncollie, your experience is so helpful!

The property we’ve been looking at is “ideal” I think in many ways—just under 3,000m2, not listed as cultural heritage, zoned agricultural but not under BGBB, too far from public transport and villages for an investor to be too interested, surrounded by fields that as far as we know belong to the only other farm on the road, a true professional dairy farm. When we’re back from vacation we’re going to pursue speaking with the owners and also discovering how likely it could be to eventually rent fields from the other farmer should we take on horses some day. The property as is would easily be suitable for a sufficient garden, a small milking herd of goats and fowl, with a possibility to add a pair of alpaca or of ponies if we worked to bring the stables up to code. The storage area is there for hay, which of course would be a sizeable expense to keep in mind since there wouldn’t be enough land for making our own.

It’s a tempting idea, could be a good way to get our feet wet so to speak especially since the living quarters don’t need much work, our time and efforts (and budget) could be spent elsewhere.

As for first right of buying, that’s an excellent idea should we find a suitable property through that route. There’s a lot of reading we need to do and hopefully after holiday we can have some conversations with key people to help us understand more the logistics.
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