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Old 04-28-2011, 08:54 AM
 
Location: central va central me south fl
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if you ok with cold winter, Maine land is cheap, low tax on farmland.
but i think you already found the answers for from your wish list.

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Our wish list -

We would like good soil for a garden, fruit and nut trees, chickens, perhaps a small number of beef cattle, perhaps sheep, goats, pigs. (Just starting to res
earch this so not sure what we will have.)

Virginia (West central)

We would like 4 real seasons. Not stinking hot summers or very long, cold winters.

Virginia (West central)

We would like to be close enough to a large town/city for the library, stores, etc. We want privacy - but not too remote. An hour or less to the above would be fine.

Virginia (West central)

We would like to be close to areas with strong demand for farmers markets.

Virginia (West central)

We want lots of beautiful countryside. Rolling hills would be great.

Virginia (West central)

We think we need/want at least 20 acres. We would like to spend less than $500K for the farm with a great farm house.

Virginia (West central)

At the moment we are thinking of the Charlottesville, VA area but think there are other states/towns that could meet our needs. We have not traveled a lot in the USA (I am not from the US) so hoping you could provide some suggestions for us to look into.

[I]some where north of C'ville will give access to large metro area.[/i]


Thank you!
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:25 AM
 
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i am planning to buy agricultural land...where i cud get two crops or more per year...what do u suggest..and plz tell about thw water availability under the ground.that should include the price as well...plz n thx.
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Old 12-15-2012, 02:19 AM
 
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i am planning to buy agricultural land...where i cud get two crops or more per year...what do u suggest..and plz tell about thw water availability under the ground.that should include the price as well...plz n thx.
What? In english please. Text speak doesn't help. What are you thinking of growing? grains? Vegetables? help us out here. Do you understand the amount of money involved in farming? From the land, to fertilizer and weed control to equipment to plant, treat, harvest, transport etc...
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:21 PM
 
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How about Kern County California particularly the Antelope Valley, and Tehachapi?

I took a vacation there not too long ago and drove around. It is beautiful, with rolling hills, mountains, valleys, and even deserts. Of course you would not go to the desert.

I drove through an area called stallion springs, and the view of the crops with the setting sun, and the mountains was spectacular.

I believe the weather is just right for you. It is also pretty close to SoCal. I am sure there is a high demand for small farm products.
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:06 PM
 
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My wife and I are thinking of buying a small farm to produce our own food and hopefully make an income from the crops and livestock (down the road). Raise our boys and live the "good life". Get out of the rat race and just have a nice life with the kids. I have a bit of farm experience and my wife grew up on a farm in Virginia (and her Dad is around to give advice - he was manager of a large cattle farm).

We are realistic in thinking that one of us will need a day job for the first few years. However, I work offshore with the oil companies and can pretty much live anywhere (as long as reasonably close to an airport).

So... my question - if you could have a farm anywhere in the US, where would you live/farm?

Our wish list -

We would like good soil for a garden, fruit and nut trees, chickens, perhaps a small number of beef cattle, perhaps sheep, goats, pigs. (Just starting to research this so not sure what we will have.)

We would like 4 real seasons. Not stinking hot summers or very long, cold winters.

We would like to be close enough to a large town/city for the library, stores, etc. We want privacy - but not too remote. An hour or less to the above would be fine.

We would like to be close to areas with strong demand for farmers markets.

We want lots of beautiful countryside. Rolling hills would be great.

We think we need/want at least 20 acres. We would like to spend less than $500K for the farm with a great farm house.

At the moment we are thinking of the Charlottesville, VA area but think there are other states/towns that could meet our needs. We have not traveled a lot in the USA (I am not from the US) so hoping you could provide some suggestions for us to look into.


Thank you!
California has one of the best soils in the country. If you start from Santa Barbara inland to Bakersfield, this is where serious farming is. Also, the Napa/ Sonoma Valley has excellent soil.
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Old 01-10-2013, 06:55 AM
 
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California has one of the best soils in the country. If you start from Santa Barbara inland to Bakersfield, this is where serious farming is. Also, the Napa/ Sonoma Valley has excellent soil.

always amazes me how important a state california is when it comes to agriculture , i believe its one of the largest milk producing parts of the country ?

you tend to think of its as a highly urbanised region and nothing else
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:37 AM
 
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always amazes me how important a state california is when it comes to agriculture , i believe its one of the largest milk producing parts of the country ?

you tend to think of its as a highly urbanised region and nothing else
If you can afford the *exorbitant* cost of the land and the oppressive taxes...
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Old 01-17-2013, 03:53 PM
 
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Any comments on farming in upstate NY?
Of course there is tons of dairy in upstate NY, and other farming.
You'll automatically need to restrict your crop options to the climate zone
and there are a few overlaying zones in upstate depending on where:
map: http://jmbamboo.com/wp-content/uploa...04/zonemap.jpg

There are a lot of tools and info from Cornell to help new farmers in NY:
Northeast Beginning Farmer Project | Serving new and aspiring farmers across the Northeast!
Don't plan on making any big decisions regarding crops until you have the soil
tested. Cornell will do it and inform you of the best crops for your land.
If indeed, you intend crop farming vs livestock.
reference:http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_...York/index.asp
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Northern Wisconsin
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Central Ill has thick rich soil, plenty of rain. Great place to farm, not so great to live.
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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Default Missouri

North or central mo is good but in central missouri they have a problem with meth as much of missouri, your best bet would be with north missouri near iowa
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