We have made some progress since our last post but not nearly as much as we hoped. First of all the CVRD put a bit of a wrinkle in with new requirments for a development permit on agricultural property. This came to light after our building permit request had been submitted. It turns out the rules changed a little last fall and now the CVRD wants to be sure that we are situating the buildings to minimize the use of productive farmland. This required an application and a $50 fee as well as a site visit from a planner. The CVRD seems satisfied that we are building on the lighter land on the property to save the impact on the best land. Hopefully we are approved and can get started the first week of July.
Good news though on the hay front. We were able to get a nieghbor to cut the hay and ended up with 567 bales off of 5 acres of pasture. A lot more that we thought. We were also successfull in selling it all to a cheese maker on Saltspring Island. We are so proud. Officially farmers. I love the story.