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Old 10-18-2008, 10:36 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Hello! My name is Emily and I'm a college student in the San Francisco Bay area, but am thoroughly sick of living here. The high prices, traffic, pollution, crime, fast-paced lifestyle...you get the picture. I'm hoping to get out before it's too late. I was thinking of moving out of state with my family and starting a small dairy farm (goats), but we don't know where to begin looking. We'd like to live near a small town of around 10,000, preferably one where there is a hospital, lowe crime, and where it doesn't snow most of the year. Does anyone have any suggestions as to where I should start looking?? Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 10-18-2008, 10:46 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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The Central San Joaquin Valley. I'd say eastern Oregon but it does get snow there.

Some of the southern states, too, but can you handle humidity?
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Old 10-18-2008, 10:49 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA
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Awesome, I have a few goats. However, they are really just pets, not ag reasons. I live in the far eastern suburbs of Sacramento.

As far as location goes, it really depends on whether you want to stay relatively close to the bay area. Obviously the south and midwest come to mind, where you could get cheap land. But if you want to stay in California I would say the Central Valley is what you want. Not sure what town.

What is your price range?
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Old 10-19-2008, 12:00 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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I'd actually like to move out of state, because I don't think I could ever afford anything in California. I don't mind the humidity too much, as I used to live somewhere where there was around 100% humidity.
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Old 10-19-2008, 01:00 PM
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Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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KENTUCKY
- ranks 5th in goat farming in the US
- very affordable farmland in the rural parts of the state ($100,000 will buy 30 acres)
- long growing season with lots of rain fall (but most days are sunny )
- much lower taxes than CA
- unlike many Midwestern states where companies own thousands of acres of land, KY is mostly made up of small family farms - we have the smallest average farm size in the nation

Here are some helpful KY goat farming links

http://www.kentuckygpa.com/news.htm


As for specific areas, I'd recommend areas around Danville, Frankfort, or Bowling Green



http://static3.bareka.com/photos/medium/12740998.jpg (broken link)

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http://static3.bareka.com/photos/medium/12741026.jpg (broken link)

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Old 10-19-2008, 06:30 PM
 
Location: USA
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^Wow, that's pretty scenery in Ky. I always thought Ky was a pretty state with pretty scenery. Hope the OP considers it for goats. I dig goats myself. Natures lawn mowers!
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Old 10-23-2008, 06:33 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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I'd have to agree with hdwell, as Kentucky seems lovely from seeing the photos.
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Old 10-23-2008, 06:42 PM
 
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Kentucky's nice, but in Missouri, another big livestock state, you can get as much as 80 acres for 100k, according to a quick search. There's quite a bit of stuff available for much less than that with 50 acres.. all in the Ozarks.
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Old 10-24-2008, 12:11 AM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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You see a few goats in this area, and lots of cows. There used to be horses in the pasture across from my house.

Missouri may certainly work. It does snow in the winter, maybe 10-20 inches, depending on what part of the state you're in. But it doesn't snow here often. Usually farther south in Missouri means less snow.

I found this site of Goat Farms in Missouri. http://duhgoatman.tripod.com/MO.htm

http://www.mo.gov/mo/mophotos/rural/RU_CountyRoad_Kirkbride_032207.jpg (broken link)

http://www.mo.gov/mo/mophotos/rural/RU_LifeontheFarm_Kolb_031507.jpg (broken link)

http://www.mo.gov/mo/morural5.htm (broken link)

http://www.mo.gov/mo/mophotos/rural/RU_RollWithIt_Kelley_072208.jpg (broken link)

Missouri, as well as Kentucky, is a beautiful state.



Make sure to check out the Missouri Picture Thread in the Missouri forum also.

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Old 11-01-2008, 01:08 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Thanks for the lovely photos, STLCardsBlues1989! Missouri seems really beautiful! Since you live in Southeastern Missouri, do you happen to know anything about Arkansas?
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