What is the one piece of advice I would give? Dream BIG! Believe in your dreams. When I was young, I dreamed of having my own town. I wrote down what it would look like, how we would utilize sun, wind, horse manure.
I dreamed of a place where people could try different careers so they could pursue what they really wanted to do. An internship, is really what the people would do. It would be an agreed upon amount of time for each internship that a person would want to try. If they loved that subject matter they would be asked to sign a contract to give their time before they became specialized in said field. One other possibility would be that the town would become a partner in the business with said person. The person would be able to buy their own business back, and the town would make a profit for investing in said person.
An organic orchard is a must, and that is exactly what we have right now. Olives, apples, plums, pears, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, pomegranates, nectarines, oranges, lemons, and limes. A place where food could be plucked from the trees, and sold to some select restaurants. Later we will have our own restaurant.
A museum where people can come to visit. Not just the farm, and the railroad, but the fine art, vehicles, and scooters. Later there will be fashion, pottery, and Murano glass. A gift shop connected to the museum, and gifts that have an influence that yells Italian.
The animals on the farm would be chickens, ducks, goats, sheep, and horses. We would have bees, and worms. The visitors of the farm can pet all the animals except the bees, and worms. Maybe even adopt a couple of barn cats, and a few outdoor dogs. We most defiantly would have to have some owl boxes.
Many of the dreams I had a little girl have come true. We do have serval hundred of acres. We have income property, an orchid, chicks, ducks, and worms. Our bees are on order. We will also have our worms for composting.