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....and whatever else we add over time....
In 2015 a budgetary analysis showed that expenditures on honey exceeded $16 per month, this was deemed unacceptable. To correct this situation research was started into producing our own honey ("Dancing Horse Honey, a product of Mountain Crest Farm" - yes, we named it before we produced it). Research showed that the Commonwealth of Virginia has a program whereby eligible citizens can install a honeybee hive and receive an actual, completely valid, check from the Commonwealth for what they spent (less several disallowed expenses - it is a government program after all). Leveraging this program the fiscally sound decision was made to procure:
3 Warre-type beehives from Amazon.com ` $149/ea
3 packages of bees - $160/ea
A full beekeepers outfit from Amazon - $49
A full set of beekeeping tools from Amazon - $18
Several pallets and miscellaneous scrap wood - free(?) since we already had it from other projects
Total expenditure: ~$1000
Less Commonwealth grant: -$600
Total cost ~$400 (or approximately 2 years of honey costs)
We anticipate that one day we will break even on this exercise.
2018 Update: all hives absconded with their honey....we will be re-evaluating the bee program in 2019. Bees are harder than they look.
Leveraging past experience as a camp counselor the decision was made (prior to investigating any other manufacturers of products) that Mountain Crest Farm would be a Kubota customer.
Originally owned two tractors:
Big 'Bota - a 2015 Kubota L2501
Baby 'Bota - a 1983 Kubota B7100HST permanently attached to an arena drag (we dont recommend this particular arena drag because, although the product is good, the company owner is quite a difficult individual)
Later we realized what we had gotten into, and traded the L2501, which was once called a "a giant lawnmower" and some other less than charitable things, for a Kubota (we didnt even look at other brands) MX5200. The MX, which we call "bigger 'Bota" is actually the right size for the property.
Our current tractor inventory:
2018 Kubota MX5200 HST
1983 Kubota B7100HST
Fun note on B7100HST, we actually think this was once a ZEN-HOH grey market tractor. We base this understanding on the discovery that not a single part on this tractor has a US serial number.
We are in the market for a new drag, mostly because the guy from EZ Drag is incredibly hard to deal with.
As an orange colored equipment focused farm we also have a number of miscellaneous items from Husqvarna and Toro (they turn orange if you leave them out long enough)
"The Shed" was purchased from the parking lot of a Home Depot for 60% off....it was a bargain and came with some lovely window boxes (removed) and some excellent local mold (dead? we think). It was installed by some nice men who did not have teeth and also used a 10" torpedo level to make sure it was "installed good". After a little attention it seems to be truly level and has been painted to more-or-less match the other things around the farm. The shed features a solar light ($39 from Amazon.com) and every tool we could find for below market price including:
- Several sanders - ask about "the kickwall event"
- Lots of glues and adhesives - amazon shopping spree
- Saws - you never have exactly the right one
- Miscellaneous fuel additives - "Car Talk" said to try them
- Pretty much anything from the "Add On Item" category of Amazon
The tank is our 2400 gallon underground cistern made by Norwesco, sold by some guys called (actually) Tank-Depot.Com. It was delivered in early 2016 by a fellow driving a brand new Dodge 3500 with a bobtail trailer who pronounced it "one of the oddest things" he has shipped. It was installed on the South side of the arena with a feeder system from the arena gutters. With the help of friends and experts we plumbed it to the side of the arena using some parts we got from Harbor Freight and a giant trencher we rented from Home Depot. The result is a nice green system whereby:
1. We hope it rains
2. Time passes
3. It rains
4. The water flows off the Arena roof and into the cistern
5. Time passes
6. We start a Coleman generator we got for free when we bought the ATV
7. The generator powers a well pump we got from Harbor Freight
8. Rainwater is available for any use we can imagine!
....as you can see, with just several thousand dollars to spend you too can have a totally green rainwater collection system off a giant covered arena based on using a very-not-green mid 90s 4-stroke gasoline powered generator. Much later we hope to convert this to solar, but first we need several thousand more dollars to waste....er....rather....invest in the improvement.
We wired up power the arena to install LED lighting. "What a deal" we congratulated ourselves on the giant cost savings we would enjoy from these fancy LEDs over conventional lighting. Math later showed it will take us just over 20 years to save the cost.....but its a farm....so whatever.
The installation of lights (and accompanying trench for power) occasioned an opportunity to install power out to the cistern shed, which we did. So now we dont need the generator - well - except in case of power failure.
Once upon a time the owners decided that an ATV (or you might prefer the term "four wheeler" - same, same) might be a handy item. So it was resolved that one would be purchased. In the dark of winter (it was May - but a very wet May) an estate sale occurred around the corner. After some negotiation we purchased the perfect ATV, a 1990 (yes, it was 26 years old when we bought it) Honda Fourtrax 300. The price was a bargain, particularly considering it included a massive WARN winch, full storage racks and a gun case. We also got a free (giant - like whole home giant) Coleman generator with it. Total bargain. A weekend was invested in rebuilding the carburetor using a video on YouTube and a kit from Amazon. With that done, we have a totally kick-ass, go-anywhere, indestructible ATV. We love the thing, even though its older than any of the horses.