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Nick Stechschulte
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Hello all,
My original search for land was mainly focused on tennessee, however, i've recently broadened that search to include the ozarks. I've found a piece of property in camden county, Mo, real close to lake of the ozarks. I like a lot of things about the propery (including the price) but have some reservations. Camden county appears to be one of a few rural counties that has planning and zoning. Does anyone have any knowledge of camden county planning and zoning and how difficult they would be to deal with? I plan to build a strawbale or other non-traditional residence. It appears ag use is exempt from these regs, but the resident structure would still fall under the regs. Also, once I pay off the land and make the move from Ohio, I don't plan on getting another job. I plan on making all income from sustainable agriculture (a mix of small scale cattle, goat, sheep, and/or swine and various growies) along with some woodworking/crafting. Being that the area is highly dependent on tourism, I figure my woodworking skills could be readily accessed to tap into tourist dollars, but are there enough permanent residents to draw from that i could have a stable customer base for my food products? Is there an appreciation for real food or slow food in this area?

Also, I've heard quite a bit said about how hot and humid summers can be in the ozarks, does that apply to the northern ozarks in the lake of the ozarks region? Being from Ohio this doesn't concern me much as I am used to extreme summers and winters but I'm curious. I've not heard much said of the winters? Can i expect the extremes I've xome to expect in Ohio?

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Dorcas Brown
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Location: west central Missouri
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From my years in MO and comparing weather with family and friends: Frost dates vary about a week in both fall and spring by every hundred miles you are north or south here in central USA Temperature extremes are more affected by hot or cold fronts.etc. So weather should not differ much from Ohio.
Missouri has lots of land for subsistance farming [ie.perfect for permaculture, Hugelculture, food forests.] It has too many hills[aka Ozark mountains] and streams varying from intermittent to rivers and man made lakes for large scale farming. Economically it s low income compared to many states. The best way to buy land is to buy a large acreage with some like minded people It costs less per acre that way.. Decide before purchase on who gets what and get it in writing. Topographical maps are helpful and available from the gov. .
 
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