Hauling Scrap Iron And Cutting Trees

Another weekend of cleaning up the homestead has come and gone.  This weekend I focused on hauling scrap iron to the local recycler, picking up trash and cutting down some trees to make room for a pole barn.

For those of you following this blog, yall know some of my family members, and their friends, used a piece of the homestead as a landfill.  They did not have permission to dump trash in a washed out area, they just did it.  Most of the stuff is glass, metal and plastic.

Pulling trees with a Toyota T-100

My brother has a tractor with a grapple on the front it, which is what we used to pull a lot of trash out of the hole.  Now that the trash is in a pile on flat ground, it’s time to sort through it and dispose of the trash properly.

When we first started cleaning out the hole we started loading various pieces of scrap on the trailer.  This weekend right off the bat the first load was ready to go.  The scrap metal on the trailer was a mixture of wire, box fan, washing machine,,, and a few other things.

Here in Jasper Texas on hwy 190 east we have a metal recycler. Which is where I have brought 2 trailer loads of scrap iron so far.

To make room for a shed a pole barn some small trees needed to be removed. The logger did not cut these trees, so I had to do it by hand.

What did we get done this weekend

  • Hauled two lowboy trailer loads of scrap iron to the recycler.
  • Loaded a third trailer load of scrap iron.
  • Cut down several trees that are in a washed out area – the washed out area is going to be filled with dirt and the trees were going to die anyway.
  • Used a tractor to lift heavy items out of the trash pile.
  • Filled several trash bags with glass and plastic.
  • Sorted out aluminum and copper wire

What are the plans for next weekend

  • Remove a shed made out of cross ties, it’s falling down anyway
  • Remove a hog pen made out of tin. The tin will be brought to the metal recycler.
  • Clear trees so power lines can be ran to the house.

In three weeks I hope to be where we can get some dirt hauled in to fill up the washed out area and fill in a couple of low spots where the chicken yard is going.

Can finally see some progress

Most of the trees in the chicken yard has been cleared out (thanks to a buddy of mine), stumps have been ground, trash pile is slowly shrinking and most of the heavy scrap iron has been hauled off.

The progress that has been made is taking longer then I expected.  My wife and I were hoping to be moved to the homestead by April or May of 2013.  It seems that every week we work the time line gets pushed back further and further.

About this article

This article is part of my moving to the homestead series.    I am documenting what it takes to go from bare land to a working farm.

Where do you want to be in 5, 10 or even 15 years?  I want to have a working farm with livestock, garden and fruit trees.  I want to be able to sit on the back deck and listen to the wind blowing through the trees.

It’s going to take several years before I will be able to reach my goal.  The first step is getting land cleared so a house can be put in, water well put in, septic system put down,,,,.  Then fence rows have to the cleared, fences rebuilt, pole barn built, shallow well drilled for the livestock,,,.

There are several reasons why my wife and I want to live a rural lifestyle – to become self-sufficient, try and isolate our family from widespread civil unrest and grow our of good in times of financial unrest.

My personal opinion on the future of the United Statesr, as our jobs continue to move to china, the United States will experience widespread food insecurity, economic depression and maybe even a nuclear attack by a terrorist organization.

I doubt a nation such as China will declare war on the United States. Its more like our economy will collapse and someone like China will replace the U.S. as the world economic leader.  Why crush a nation with military might, when its economy can be destroyed and the nation will collapse from within.

Even if none of these predictions come true, my wife and I, along with our family will have access to farm fresh food.