Jen Fan wrote:I've been ready to buy land for some time now... I thought I would end up in the NW, probably Washington. As per some recent events and expansions in life, I've suddenly started to entertain moving out of the NW, just as a possibility. I'm sure it's been asked 1,000 times, but really- how do you even choose where to go?! Our country is so environmentally diverse and so expansive... On the one hand. "It's all good land", on the other, there are definite pro's and con's to every state, county, and climate.
So I thought I'd pick some brains here
I raise fiber and pack goats and intend to start milk goats for home use. I raise a variety of rare poultry, plus meat rabbits. Most of my income comes from farm surplus and online sales/work. I grew up in the NW, I enjoy/tolerate snow and cold well enough, though I prefer 40-60 degrees as a comfortable working climate. I've gotten sick in the heat several times in the last 3 years (not hard to do when it's over 100 for 10 weeks straight) and these days I get cripplingly ill if I'm out in weather over 80-85 degrees for any length of time, so I need to be mindful of summer highs. I am terribly sensitive to big ag chemical use and need to stay away from mass monoculture areas. I also live in an RV on solar and will probably remain doing so if and until I build a cob house. So naturally there are a lot of environmental and legal factors that go into this. State and county research is time consuming; can I do this, can I do that, how do I do this, what permits do I need for that, etc etc. Also what resources are in the area, facilities and feed and supplies and emergency aid; how far away is all of it, what is the local economy, community, and political climate, etc etc. I do hours and hours of research for every property I home in on- doing my due diligence, as it were.
But in the end, it's overwhelming looking at the surplus of land available country-wide! I grew up traveling around the US and find beauty and peace in so many diverse environments. Montana has captured my heart, Pennsylvania is filled with nostalgia, New Mexico feels bold and wild, California looks accommodating, Washington promises freedom and privacy, Colorado is cold, wild, and pristine... How did you guys choose where to go, where to buy, where to live, where to farm?