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Hello, I am a new member of the forum but have read posts here for years and used to get Paul's emails.
Maybe what I am looking for doesn't exist on the East coast- but my wife and I would like to live somewhere that gets 4 seasons, but not as harsh in the summer or winter as Minnesota.
We raise Icelandic sheep, so winter is great for interrupting the parasite cycle on pasture- but too much heat or humidity in the summer is not reasonable.
Recently visited the Asheville and Madison County area in N Carolina and liked the mountains- but it could get hot in the summer.
I guess what I am looking for is similar to the foothills of the Cascades in Washington state- low humidity year round, mountains and their resultant weather patterns and microclimates, a little bit of a freeze or even some snow in winter...but a good length of growing season as well.
Working through Farmlink programs seems to be a dead end, as the "retiring farmers" that we hope to find have all been replaced with land investors, farm brokers, and rich techies who want someone else to make a nice farm that they can come visit.
And we have special requirements- if we didn't already have a flock of sheep, we could move anywhere and start from scratch- but we need to be able to drop animals on (reasonably fenced) pasture day one.
Would love to be able to find a place to rent, so we can get into the area and begin out quest to find a final property to buy, nothing we can do long distance.
Have tried Young Farmers, Craigslist, even Realtor dot com, among other land resources.
What's everybody's opinion of the area they are in? Any land resources we haven't found?
 
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Coastal Rhode island sounds like the climate you are looking for. Land prices are high. Plenty of rainfall, good solid freeze in winter but not as long a winter season as higher latitudes, like Maine get. We get a lot of fog. Some good programs with grants to help beginning farmers that I've heard of but haven't yet taken advantage of. Land trust land is sometimes available for very low rent to farmers.
 
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When you say "land prices are high", what does that mean? I think $2000 and acre is expensive in rural MN. and hour and a half from the capital. But I was just reading a post from 3 years ago on here about land prices, that said land in MA was going for 20-30k AN ACRE!! That is ridiculous, how does anyone hope to ever make a dollar when they are so land poor? Being an investment is one thing, but I can't imagine even corporate farms making a profit off what they could grow on land that expensive.
 
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60 acres, just under $5000/acre. This is about the least expensive farm land I found in RI.
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jared strand wrote:
Maybe what I am looking for doesn't exist on the East coast- but my wife and I would like to live somewhere that gets 4 seasons, but not as harsh in the summer or winter as Minnesota.



Jared, did you find a new farm? We moved from Wisconsin to Rhode Island, like it but land is expensive.
 
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We have what you are looking for. The winters and summers are fairly mild but definitely 4 seasons per year. Great location! Rooms available. Septic tie in, 137ft deep well. Plenty of room and plenty to share. Please give us a call. 302.300.7895. Plenty of pics to show if you are interested.
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