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Q. Can I fence off my land?
A.Yes, you can fence your homesite. No barbed-wire please. The remainder of your land will be under an agriculture easement, and cannot be separated from adjoining parcels as these are farmed as one large farm, not small individual farms.
Q. I have dogs, is there a problem?
Not as long as the dogs are kept on your homesite, and not allowed to run loose. You can imagine the potential problem with livestock
Q. I have experience growing a special crop, but I need more acreage than just my homesite. Can I do that?
A. Yes, if you're willing to first make the crop available to the other homeowners at the same price you would charge others. The FOA can make extra acreage available to you on a long term basis by mutual agreement. You'll be asked to share a preagreed portion of your net profit with the FOA. This way your succesful operation will benefit all the owners. You would be a niche farmer under the umbrella of Skokomish Valley Farms, the farming entity.
Q.How far is National Forest from my land?
A. U.S. Forest Service land starts about one mile north of Skokomish Farms, and is accessible by trail. The Olympic Peninsula is like a giant checker board with every other section under Forest Service or the National Park Service control.
Q. How about Olympic National Park?
A. The Park starts about 13 air miles north of Skokomish Farms. A great trek by foot, horseback or automobile. No ATV's please.
Q. Where can I put my boat into the Hood Canal?
A. The closest is Saltwater Park less than 6 miles from the Farms. Ownership is being transferred to the Skokomish Tribe, but will remain open for public use. Or there's a public ramp on Highway 106 about 6 miles east next to the Hood Canal Marina.
Q. How about medical facilities?
A. There are a myriad of hospitals, medical facilities, and specialists throughout the local area. Mason County has a well-equipped general hospital about 11 miles away. We're served by an excellent Emergency Service and even Life-Flite. The Puget Sound has some the best medical facilities in the U.S.
Q. If I need government help can I find it in the area?
A. Absolutely! Olympia, our State capitol, is only 30 miles south where you'll find not only all the State offices, but also many Federal offices.
A. Washington has no personal income tax, so earn all you want.......! When it comes to your land you'll be taxed at the very low agricultural rate. When you build your home the county will split off your improvements with one to two acres. They then tax these improvements at an estimated .0175% of the market value. The remainder of your land will remain in the very low tax designation.