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Looking to start a homestead in New York, and looking for advice/ help from others!!!

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Hello everyone, I’m new to Permies.com and truthfully I’m not certain if this is the right place for what I’m seeking but it at least appears to be so I figured I’d give it a shot. I’m in the very beginning phase of starting my new life as a homesteader, if that’s even a word. The true is I’m so new to this that I’m not certain where to find all the information that I’m trying to find and so I’m hoping that people here can help me or at least be able to point me in the right direction. I have just recently started looking for raw land to purchase but it’s has been harder than I thought to find, I’m looking for anywhere between 5-15 acres of raw land in the Adirondacks region, Catskills or generally area around there. Owner financing is preferable but not 100% necessary. I’m just looking for places to find land for sale if anyone can help with suggestions as well as maybe areas in NY that you’d recommend to buy land or areas that have a homesteading community that’s active. Any information that would help someone who is just starting out would be of great help for me and I thank you in advance for the advice. I look forward to hearing from you and welcome any and all suggestions!!!
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Hey Kevin, welcome to Permies!

Landwatch.com, landsofamerica.com and landandfarm.com are pretty good online resources for active listings of raw land. Since you mentioned you're just starting out, I like to recommend reading to folks new to homesteading as it's a great way to learn from the couch and Permies has a fantastic book review page here: https://permies.com/w/book-reviews

Hope this helps get you started!
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Hi and welcome! I'm rather new here too. I'm curious how much outdoor work experience do you have?

I ask this because working 8+ hours day after day outdoors through the seasons is something that requires a fair bit of physical and mental strength. If healthy and positive, I think anyone can adapt to it though And by adapt I mean finding alternative techniques, altering your pace, or even the time of day or night a task is performed, etc.

But, I have seen a situation where it looked and sounded good to a potential farm worker, but the person ultimately was not comfortable enough to continue working the land...that could be a major deciding factor to consider regarding personal property size, what (if any) farming practices you want to do, terrain like hills, etc...

I think just browsing the permies forums for topics that interest you (and even those that don't) will provide you with a WEALTH of knowledge.

One member I have found especially helpful is Bryant Redhawk, I have been reading some of his information on soil, which is a great place to start learning about permaculture!

I feel like a different person, in the sense that a whole new world has been opened up for me to discover now that I have began to try and understand the Earth and it's inhabitants and elements...I'm sure you share the same feeling

Here's a link to some Redhawk stuff you might like!


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Hello Kevin, I am a long time resident of the Catskill mountains and would gladly help however I can. Best of luck.
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