Hi to all readers from near and far!
My family is considering purchasing land. For a few years now, we've hemmed and hawed about moving to the country. Buying a house on a couple of acres. We've even looked at a few properties over the years.
But... when it comes down to it, we really, really like our home. We've been here over 8 years. We've put so much work into it - blood, sweat, and tears... the kind only a 90-year old house can instill. It's the only home our sons have known. It was low cost and to top it off will be paid off in 13 years (woo-hoo!). It's close to grandparents, which is great for our sons (although my husband does have to commute to work 30 miles each way).
So... we're now thinking of buying a small piece of land separately. To grow vegetables on, of course, but perhaps someday we'll also take our sons camping there and spend a lot of time on.
It's not ideal. The one thing I hate about having my farm plot so far from my home is not just the travel time, lack of opportunity for doing some quick work, but my lack of storage here! I think our land will definitely need some sort of outbuilding for vegetable storage. Right now my garage is full of onions and potatoes, my basement is overflowing with zucchini, and my kitchen is swimming with tomatoes and apples. It's attack of the fruit flies in here, I tell ya.
But, I've finally accepted that nothing is ideal. That said, guess it's time to figure out this land business.
I wanted to ask fellow homesteaders out there, what is the best way to find land? Through a Realtor or simply word of mouth? Asking around? Posting a wanted ad in the local farm paper?
Once you have some land to look at, how do you best judge soil quality? Around here most of our soil is probably top notch, but it's planted in mono-crops (corn and soybeans) and doused with more chemicals than you can shake a stick at. Over time and with help, they would dissipate. So perhaps I don't need to be so concerned with soil quality?
I know I'd have to think about zoning. Definitely want ag land, not something zoned residential or otherwise with a higher tax bracket. Also, would zoning affect the ability to erect an outbuilding?
Just some random thoughts as we consider embarking on a new adventure. Any thoughts or insight you can provide to help along the way would be appreciated!