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Old 07-03-2012, 10:01 PM
 
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We are a family of 10, relocating to TN. We are a sustainable farming family that looks to be as self sufficient as possible without interference from BIG AG or Chemical Dumping. Does anyone know of where in TN would fit this need, we will be farming full time with the possibility of my husband doing senior level system IT work periodically. We also homeschool and are conservative Christians. Any advice for folks that haven't been to TN before? Are there really cheap places that can be good as a family farm with lots of acreage? Not necessary to be near large cities.

Thank you for any help you can give.
Organic mom
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Old 07-04-2012, 07:44 AM
 
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You can organic farm any where in the country that has a decent growing system. No one going to regulate you or tell you how to farm. The only time you will meet regulations is if you are going to SELL what you produce, then there are specific things you have to do if you want to be labeled as organic.

But more information is needed. How much land do you need- what is lots of land ? 30 acres, 100 acres? 500 acres?

What is your definition of cheap ? Without a price range and a land size no one can help you

Did you want land with house and barns , fence on it or are you simply looking for land ?

Home school- you can do that anywhere as long as you meet state education plans, etc. Conservative & Christian- plenty of churches in TN , that will be no problem.

I found this website for eastern TN which might be interesting for you. If you search on Google you can find more. Good luck

real estate farms for sale in east tennessee farm acreage in greeneville rogersville greene hawkins cocke county
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Old 07-04-2012, 02:47 PM
 
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Smile Chattanooga, website, Williams island / plateau

MOM.: WELCOME , Here is the NEW link for CHATTANOOGA Welcome to Chattanooga.gov . West side of the city in the river is WILLIAMS island.. I believe there is a educational farm , just what you are asking.
This would be across from BAYLOR upscale school.. LINK HERE http://williamsislandfarm.com/

... Prior posts up top on the SEARCH tool bar may have help.. I would suggest at least a 15 acre tract,
that should qualify for LOWER TAXES as the farm rate... Up on cumberland plateau , OR wALDEN RIDGE AS KNOWN towards DUNLAP is the farm soil, lower housing prices area.. Also knkown as the Dayton mountain region.. Lots of farmers markets there to sell out of back of truck .. Also north Soddy has weekend Flea market on rt # 27 , four lane hwy, that sell local produce..

I also noticed a small store that was in that topic on ROSSVILLE bldv,, a few block south of MAIN st
in Chattanooga, that specializes in starter plants, etc. If I find the name or link will add. ?

This region North west of the city of Chattanooga is what you are asking for..... Here is also the GORGE TRUST LINK http://www.trgt.org/
view more scenry, or contacts for land stewart- ship volunteer efforts, etc etc... This region is very family outdoor positive neighbor active.

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Old 07-05-2012, 05:25 AM
 
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You might want to look out towards Maury and Hickman counties. Not too far from Nashville/Cool Springs if you need to have a day job.

You would also be close to probably the biggest market for organic food. The yuppies of franklin and brentwood. There are few organic farms and lots of farmers market, lots of homeschoolling resources and more IT jobs.
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Old 07-05-2012, 02:18 PM
 
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Thank you, we are now looking at Perry county or possibly a surrounding county. Does anyone know of any property with a house that is forsale in those areas?

THank you!
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Old 07-05-2012, 03:19 PM
 
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Click on the link- it's website with homes for sale in Perry county.

Look over on the left hand side of the website when it comes up. There is space to click on features you would like , including lot sizes.

Looking through it quickly I did find one home for $ 89,900 on 6 six acres and another for $ 299,999 on 49 acres. No idea what the houses are like of course or what the land might be like.


Perry County, TN Homes for Sale & Real Estate
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Old 07-05-2012, 11:56 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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You might also want to look into the more economically distressed counties. Hate to say that, but it'll give you a better return on investment. In East TN, look up Hancock, Hawkins, maybe Claiborne and Scott?
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Old 07-06-2012, 12:16 PM
 
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Thank you all for the recommendations. Can I ask what is the Gorge Trust? We are thinking within an hour or so from the major airport would be good too, I will look up those towns.
Thank you again!
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Old 07-06-2012, 12:37 PM
 
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Also, if I want to start looking for milk cows, sheep, pigs etc. where could I look? It sounds like craigslist is NOT the place.
Thank you !
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Old 07-06-2012, 03:36 PM
 
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The Gorge Trust is a not for profit organization dedicated to protecting the Tennessee River Gorge Canyon.

No, Craigslist is not where you go to purchase livestock. You're really going to have to get yourself more
" in the loop " if you want to keep livestock and keep them alive and healthy.

Click on the links, it's a list of livestock auctions. Also, start looking for farm animal veterinarians. They are invaluable resource for who might be selling what when. In addition, look up the county agricultural extension agent for any county you might be interested in. Also a good resource for farmers.

Tennessee Livestock Market Contact Information

Tennessee Livestock Producers - Sheep & Goat Sales
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