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Old 08-30-2017, 07:02 PM
 
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Ugh, I'm all over the boards lately. My kids would really like to move closer to family in Albany. My big conflict is that I love the sun and warmth of Virginia (where we currently live). I think I'd be willing to give the NE another try, though, at least for a couple of years.

What I'd really like is about ten acres for a small hobby-type farm (gardens, some chickens, maybe a cow or goats). This would just be for our family and would possibly keep me outdoors enough so that my SAD wouldn't act up too badly. I know my great uncle had a small farm in Saratoga county years and years and years ago. Is anybody doing this sort of thing up there these days? And, if so, where would be the best place for it in, say, a 50 mile radius of Albany?

We homeschool, so school districts aren't an issue. Clean water and soil, though, would be a must (so...no well or lingering GE contamination).

Thanks in advance. If I seem indecisive, it's because I am.
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Old 09-12-2017, 09:26 PM
 
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Im in the same boat.

Originally from NY, finally escaped... been farming in VA. Built a beautiful house and homestead... and will be moving back to the NE (due to my wifes health).
It will most likely be PA, but Im looking at upstate NY (areas in between Albany and Adirondacks) as a second option.
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Old 09-13-2017, 04:30 AM
 
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What about Columbia, Greene and Schoharie counties, which would put you close to the Catskills, while still being in close proximity to the Albany area?

Perhaps parts of Fulton county may work if you have to be closer to the Adirondacks.
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Old 09-13-2017, 09:42 AM
 
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Im in the same boat.

Originally from NY, finally escaped... been farming in VA. Built a beautiful house and homestead... and will be moving back to the NE (due to my wifes health).
It will most likely be PA, but Im looking at upstate NY (areas in between Albany and Adirondacks) as a second option.
Misery loves company. It's the winters that are the problem for me. The northeast can be beautiful, but I really REALLY hate the cold. Virginia is actually perfect for me (although, I have to admit that around Dec/Jan Florida starts looking better and better ). I'm so jealous of your homestead! What part of Virginia? We're in Newport News, but, since we originally came here for my husband's job, we don't really have any ties to the area, and what I'd really like is to move further into the central, more mountain-y part of the state (Charlottesville and it's surroundings or possibly even the Floyd area). But, my parents are getting older, and my kids would really like to move closer to family. To say I'm dragging my feet would be an understatement...
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:05 AM
 
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What about Columbia, Greene and Schoharie counties, which would put you close to the Catskills, while still being in close proximity to the Albany area?

Perhaps parts of Fulton county may work if you have to be closer to the Adirondacks.


Im a bit familiar with Greene County.
If I did return to NY, Im interested in that area because its rural, less population, lower taxes,etc...but I could get to Albany for Doctors or whatever else I need. After owning 72 acres I also dont want to go back to being surrounded by people. Doing some brief searching there seeems to be more and better looking homes for sale with some decent acreage than is available in PA.

The longer colder winters concern me a bit .. but not much.

Isabella, we were in Moneta. Thirty five minutes from Roanoke, about 15 from Smith Mountain Lake. Floyd was about a hour south.
http://www.seetheproperty.com/presen...e=sfstour&ws=1
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:17 AM
 
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Just curious, but what would you guys/gals consider to be "small scale" farming? Are we talking an acre, 2 or 3? Could it be a little bit more?
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:23 AM
 
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Isabella, we were in Moneta. Thirty five minutes from Roanoke, about 15 from Smith Mountain Lake. Floyd was about a hour south.
3297 Lipscomb Road, Moneta, VA 24121, Presented by HEIDI OCONNOR, UNITED COUNTRY REAL ESTATE JEFF DAVIS & ASSOCIATES LLC. Powered by Shows Great Photography
Okay, now I'm REALLY jealous. Gorgeous! Just gorgeous. That would be hard to walk away from.
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:28 AM
 
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Just curious, but what would you guys/gals consider to be "small scale" farming? Are we talking an acre, 2 or 3? Could it be a little bit more?
For me, ten acres would be perfect. Five acres for growing, chickens, etc; five acres (preferably wooded) for wandering. The "farming" part would really only be for us. Anything commercial (beyond, possibly, a farmers market type thing) would really be too stressful. I'm already homeschooling four kids. That's enough.
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Old 09-13-2017, 12:08 PM
 
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For me, ten acres would be perfect. Five acres for growing, chickens, etc; five acres (preferably wooded) for wandering. The "farming" part would really only be for us. Anything commercial (beyond, possibly, a farmers market type thing) would really be too stressful. I'm already homeschooling four kids. That's enough.
This may help: RealtyUSA - Property - Property-List ($250k and under)
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Old 09-13-2017, 01:00 PM
 
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