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I’m hoping to leave New York City within the next year and start a homestead in the country, preferably Vermont, Maine, western Massachusetts, but I’m open to possibilities. The most likely path is finding a new job in my career as an academic librarian which would allow me to buy a small home with land. Hopefully after a few years I might be able to support myself from the homestead and quit the outside job. Another option is to work for someone on an existing farm or homestead until I could afford to get established on my own. How does one get started homesteading with very little funds to invest in land? Open to any thoughts, ideas, resources from the community. Thanks 🙏🏼
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Hi Eric,

Welcome to Permies.  

I would do a great deal of reading and make sure I had a good grasp on my expectations.   Make sure that family members, if any, have input.   There will most likely be serious trade offs along the way.  In your case, I suspect the closer you are to a setting where you can obtain employment in an academic setting, the higher the prices will be.

Even if you find employment, how long it lasts is up to question. When I first started homesteading, I was lucky enough to find a job in my career path. I already owned the 10 acres out right. I also had built a cabin on it that was paid off. So, When I landed the job, I sold my house and moved.  My new job vanished before my first day at work. So, to answer your primary question, within reasonable bounds, it is difficult to have too much money when starting out.

My primary challenge when starting out was neighbors. …as in excessive alcohol and guns.   I ended up selling the place. Got back into mainstream employment. …then, I relaunched after having much more money and thoroughly vetting the neighbors and neighborhood. The second launch has gone far more smoothly.
 
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Hello Eric, I hope that your hopes come to fruition. I found a few threads that may be of use:
about finding land
things to know before you start
Personally, like John implies, I think getting to know the area really well before you commit to land, can make a real difference. Maybe if you find a job you like, in an area you like, you could help out your neighbours and get to know which aspects of 'hands on' bring you joy, and which are not for you. Alternatively WWOOFing or similar can help you experience during working holidays, which may be an alternative option. In my experience you never have as much time as you think you will have to work on your own projects, so prioritising may be in order.
 
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