Thanks for the welcome. Finding this forum has been very helpful already in terms of links and general info.
I have spent some time in the area I am thinking to move to. Visiting is always different to living though I guess. I have moved a lot of times in my life (I am from England originally) but it has always been to different cities. I have been living in Dallas for the last 5 years and have enough work that I could do while living a couple of hours away from there. I am also thinking of moving to a totally new area, possibly the northwest but that is where it might be trickier in terms of work as I would need to start over. I don't think I am overly ambitious in terms of farming. I realise that I will need to be able to support myself by other means.
I saw the Growfood.org link yesterday which looks very interesting. Has anyone on here done an internship at a farm? It does seem like it might be a good way to learn some skills and test the waters a little bit for myself (and family)