Midlands South Carolina here! There is something to grow year round. There are areas that are 'dirt' cheap (pun intended). Organics and sustainable lifestyles are still thought of as pretty wierd so there is not much competition if you want to sell your wares. Lots of people want to buy but few selling.
This summer we are moving from suburban south Jersey, to central NY, Otsego County.
While NJ is great for being close to everything (which helps when you're a freelance artist), great soil for a fabulous vegetable garden (best tomatoes anywhere!) and close to Philly for the cultural aspects, great restaurants, art museum, etc.—central NY is where we want to spend the rest of our lives. As jobs will be tough to come by (rural area, bad economy, we're over 50) we will be homesteading as much as possible. We hope to get a few goats, sheep, chickens, maybe a pig? Already plowed up a good size garden plot. Planted lots of trees. Lots of local small farms where we can buy what we can't grow. Raw milk at a farm nearby.
We bought the land 5 years ago—22 acres for $60k. Beautiful views, creek runs through the back part of our land, lake is about a mile up the road, several state forests nearby. Our newly built house will, I'm sure, raise our taxes from the $1500 we pay now. And it will not be worth nearly as much as we paid to build it, but we're not planning on ever moving again.
And there will be more snow than we are used to.
But I can't wait to move!
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