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Old 08-26-2016, 04:21 PM
 
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We have about 4 years to go before we head out of dodge (Illinois). It's got to be the worst state in so many ways, except for Chicago in the summer.

We plan on getting into a better climate and have a place with about 5 acres of land (FarmerMac loan?) Newer house and land for growing specialty fruits and veggies, along with chickens and bees.

Not the expensive state of Cali nor the humidity of FLA. Nor the heat of Texas and most western states.

Anyone know how Idaho, New Mexico, Alabama might fit the bill?

Any other good suggestions on states/cities/counties to target?

Thanks much.
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Old 08-26-2016, 05:38 PM
 
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Those climates couldn't be any more diverse if you tried, so no real idea what you're looking for...what you're trying to grow...what you want to spend...

In the absence of any other info, I'll say that I know retirees who are happily hobby farming in both Vermont and western North Carolina. Possibly look into farmhouse acreage there and see if you find anything that suits your wants and your budget.
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Old 08-29-2016, 01:19 PM
 
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Central and western NC and VA would be good places to look into. Nice 4-season climates that aren't extreme, beautiful topography, and good cost of living.
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Old 08-29-2016, 08:13 PM
 
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Alabama's summers are nearly as bad as Texas's ... hot, humid, buggy.
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Old 08-30-2016, 03:17 PM
 
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Central and western NC and VA would be good places to look into. Nice 4-season climates that aren't extreme, beautiful topography, and good cost of living.
^^^ This.

Places like Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, Blacksburg-Radford-Christiansburg, Lynchburg and Roanoke in Virginia or Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, Greensboro-Winston Salem, Hickory or Asheville-Hendersonville in NC
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Old 08-30-2016, 05:32 PM
 
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We have about 4 years to go before we head out of dodge (Illinois). It's got to be the worst state in so many ways, except for Chicago in the summer.

We plan on getting into a better climate and have a place with about 5 acres of land (FarmerMac loan?) Newer house and land for growing specialty fruits and veggies, along with chickens and bees.

Not the expensive state of Cali nor the humidity of FLA. Nor the heat of Texas and most western states.

Anyone know how Idaho, New Mexico, Alabama might fit the bill?

Any other good suggestions on states/cities/counties to target?

Thanks much.
I think Central New Mexico like around Albuquerque has a 4 season climate.New Mexico is dry and it has a relatively cheap cost of living in most of the state.I think Alabama would have hot and humid summers.however, I dont know how the ABQ area would be for growing specialty fruits and veggies.
Best of luck
-WT
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Old 08-31-2016, 06:05 AM
 
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Alabama can get cozy in summer but almost everything grows there. Reach out to Petals of the Past in Jemison, AL. The owner can also tell you which extension office runs the Auburn test site for exotics.
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Old 09-06-2016, 01:58 PM
 
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We're strongly considering learning how to be hobby farmers and having fun along the way. Current thoughts are specialty tomatoes and hot peppers for farmers markets and top chefs and restaurants.

Nice 3 bedroom 2 bath ranch in a decent place. Will have to give the Carolinas more thought. Hurricanes are not on our list of things to have. But west and inland might work.
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Old 09-06-2016, 02:23 PM
 
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We're strongly considering learning how to be hobby farmers and having fun along the way. Current thoughts are specialty tomatoes and hot peppers for farmers markets and top chefs and restaurants.

Nice 3 bedroom 2 bath ranch in a decent place. Will have to give the Carolinas more thought. Hurricanes are not on our list of things to have. But west and inland might work.
Anytime....best of luck
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Old 09-06-2016, 04:50 PM
 
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If you don't have the money, then don't get into farming. It's expensive. Even to run a hobby farm. Every farmer I know has a full-time job outside of the farm, retirement income, or family trust.

I honestly have lost count of the number of city residents, usually those right out of college, I have met that planned on selling to chefs.
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