starting the farm life...
Hello all! I am originally from Mississippi but I currently live here in Hawaii and what I want to do is plan for my future. My end goal (I think) is to have a big farm back home in MS with a lot of land and a lot of animals. I want to raise my own food (animals, crops, cotton, veggies, etc.), grow my own trees (fruit trees, various exotic wood trees [pink ivory, mahogany, ebony, etc.]), build my own home, make my own clothes/soap etc. and basically live off the land with my family.
I have posted about my plans in other forums but I havenÂt received very much specific informative assistance so I thought IÂd post here since this seems like a forum packed with experts in this regard. I want to tackle this step-by-step. I think the first thing I need to do is purchase land back home in Mississippi. Can you all advise me here or refer me to a website or book that teaches one absolutely everything they need to know about purchasing land?
My initial thoughts are:
I need to purchase land as cheaply as possible anywhere in MS. (My family is in Jackson) The land should:
- be cleared and flat
- have a well on it
- have pond(s)/lake(s)/stream(s)/river(s)
- be super cheap
Am I missing anything above?
Questions I have:
A. how much land should I plan on purchasing?
As far as I know right now, I plan on having these specifically on my property:
chickens, pigs, goat, deer, goat, sheep, horses, rabbit, alpacas, llamas, turkey, cats, dogs, geese, ducks, quail, guinea fowl, cows/cattle, peacock, swan, bees, lamb, fish
trees - (this is some of them I plan on growing)
ebony, maple, chestnut, timber, oak, mahogany, bamboo, agarwood, pink ivory, koa, african blackwood, soapnut, rubber tree, beech, etc.
B. WhatÂs the criteria/checklist I use for the potential land I search to purchase?
So, my first thing is land. I was in the Navy for six years and then I got out to think about some things and possibly use my post 9/11 GI Bill. However, I plan on going back in either the reserves or active duty as early as next month. I have done my physical at the MEPS here at Pearl Harbour so IÂm just waiting for my reserves package to get approved. I plan on getting activated but if there isnÂt anything available then IÂm going to go ahead and just go active again. I was E5 (E6 promotable) when I got out two years ago so hopefully I should be making good money again and IÂll be able to start directly purchasing land with what I make. Please advise! :) :)