First, I think this could go in 2-3 subforums, so hopefully it is ok to put this here.
I'm trying to devise the most realistic game plan for how I could transition to a rural agriculture permaculture lifestyle from a suburban lower middle class life. Household income in ~10,000 per person, so options are limited. Kids are currently ages 3-9, so in a few years I'll have lots of helping hands, but definitely not yet.
I'd like thoughts to improve this, as well as specifics. I'll be looking at land in Texas east of the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex. A little ways west of the area is cactus land, and east of us is agriculture land and 100 miles east is pine forest.
Here is a super rough strategy for my case.
First, find and buy cheap land when I can afford it, that is cheap because standard agriculture would not be easy without terraforming. Around North Texas, that usually means land in flood plains, but also hilly areas. Such land is often zoned, taxed, or used as timber land, recreational land, or hunting land. I don't know the precise differences, but no average person can afford taxes on land without some type of agricultural exemption. I'm not sure if timber land is a subset or separate.
Next: What minimalist permaculture terraforming would be appropriate for a flood plain to become a food forest? Maybe intentionally deepening some of the land to make ponds and add aquaculture?
Third, seed the land with permaculture appropriate self sustaining crops, especially food trees. One of the common area food trees as common as weeds are pecan trees, but I have no idea how they would do in a flood plain. Supposedly they put taproots down as deep as they are tall. For 10 years I've been chopping one down at the ground because it is too near our pool and it keeps coming back. Beehives could also be established early.
Those stages above are where I'd like the most advice. What all would you plant on such land and environment, that you can let it grow on land you can hardly visit for several years while I continue the cubicle rat race? Start the land on the process of preparing itself unattended.
Maybe after a few years, build a low cost barn that could double as rough housing and prepare the land for livestock. Occasional longer stays by the wife and kids as I run the cubicle rat race to pay for it.
Eventually I should have enough savings to make a move and abandon the cubicle, build a house, and be mostly self sufficient and productive enough to make an income.
Other risks: The DFW metroplex will require more lakes to be created for urban water needs. They "eminent domain" land and if the land is already low and in a flood plain, there is more risk that land I buy would be taken.