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It’s Getting Real

March 7, 2008 Leave a comment

The plantingThe Plants

I know it has been forever since I’ve updated this but it doesn’t mean that progress isn’t being made.  The biggest news is we are planted.  Yes, we have 15 acres, approximately 9000 plants in the ground, not to mention the posts, stakes, wires, etc.  On Thursday, most of the supplies were there; it was an unbelievable site.  So here are a couple of pictures with our progress.  These are only some of the plants but you get the idea.  As to my favorite subject, the paperwork…NOT!, we are making progess there also.  The public comment period for the county ended on February 21st.  We are hoping for Land Use approval in late spring.  Our Federal application is in and, hopefully, being processed.  The OLCC application is underway. 

Dairy No More

November 19, 2007 Leave a comment

Tank Room 

Almost all the dairy equipment is gone.  We sold the tank and got fair market value for it.  Unfortunately, there was a lot of damage to the wall and window, getting it out.  Not sure what we’ll do to repair it, but it is unsitely for sure.  On a positive not, the tank buyer had a contact who was interested in the loop stalls.  Not only did he remove them all (in one day), he also paid us for them.  Yeah! $$$  So what have I been doing?  I submitted the county paperwork a week ago.  Last week, I followed up with the Water Master and USDA.  This week, I start on the Federal applications.  More forms and paperwork, goody.

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From Dairy to Winery

September 26, 2007 2 comments

I am creating this blog to share with the world the transition of an old Dairy Farm to an Winery and Vineyard.  This is very exciting for us but has not been without trauma.  Our realtor, Diane (who has been great by-the-way) said it it is like a breach birth.  Don’t know; haven’t done one but none-the-less, we are there now. 

My husband, RJ, and I have purchased 32.5 acres of property in Gaston and are planning on putting a winery, vineyard and tasting room on it (Our Dream).  The property is currently a decommissioned dairy farm and has a number of out buildings and two houses.  (Do you know anybody who would like to buy some used dairy equipment?)  Anyway, it is crucial that we get this property and associated buildings in working order so we can open the winery as quickly as possible.  RJ and I have been consumed by this purchase.  If it is not all the paperwork, meetings and phone calls, then it’s the physical effort to clean and renovate. 

One of the transitions for us (there are many) is that we have both been retired for some time.  In my retirement, I have created a craft business called Creative Clutter and host semi-annual bazaars as well as participate in a number of consignment sales and bazaar activities.  The bazaars and some of the consignment sales have been put on hold, but I still have product a Sophie’s Cottage in Hillsboro ( and do custom orders.

I am including some before pictures of the dairy farm and will continue to post specific pictures as things progress.

A few of the 11 Outbuildings we have  These are a few of the outbuildings on the property.  The front one is a chicken coup and will be used for tasting room supply storage.  The historical round barn is gorgeous but in really bad shape so not sure what we will do with it.  The white barn is the dairy parlor; may or may not use it for wine storage.

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