It has been about 18 months since I bought the farm. The pictures above show a few scenes of how things were back in June of 2012. A lot has changed since then, and there's a lot more to come. I do a lot of talking about what we are doing day to day, but theres a lot more to the story, so I thought it might be interesting to some to see how far we have come in a short time.
In June of 2012, renters occupied the mobile home on the front of the property. Down the road, the original home place and barn had been torn down, leaving only an old leaky block garage. Several years before, the township built a new bridge to replace the historic covered bridge. They took dirt from the hillside behind the mobile home, leaving left the hill and frontage in a mess, with a big hole and no exit route for the mobile home dweller during the frequent flash floods from the creek across the road.
The top of the hill was breathtaking. Rows of ridges with narrow fields and rolling hills that used to be cattle pastures were surrounded by woods. We learned later that much of the woods had been timbered about 10 -15 years ago, breaking the heart of the old farmer when he saw the result. Those areas were now overgrown with a tangle of briars and vines, hence the name "Tangle Ridge Farm" was born.
The first time I saw it, all I could think about were scenes from 'the sound of music'. I could see a lot of potential in this land, and knew all it needed was some tender loving care, (and a lot of work.)
Over the next few days, I will post a series of things that have happened since then.
My name is Christy Franklin.