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JazzyJ
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# Posted: 18 Apr 2019 02:09
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Howdy all. I'm new to this site, been lurking for awhile and decided I should probably join.
My family and I (me, my partner, our daughter) are planning on buying some land and building a homestead, with focus being on crops and livestock (at least at first, might add other stuff once all that's settled.)
We have been looking at states and narrowing down our options as to Where we would like to move.

So far we are thinking Colorado, Arkansas, Missouri, or Oregon. (I know..seems broad. We are mostly focused on the mountain areas of CO and OR, not the flatlands.)
Other things we are concerned about are extreme weather, and my partner wants trees on the property - at least some, but the more the merrier.
Obviously out west has issues with fires and droughts, and has more high desert than wooded areas. But then out east theres tornadoes and floods. (Personally I prefer the west, but I'm more concerned with having a good homestead.)

So, what's yalls experience in these places? Do you have suggestions? Is there one you would pick to live in if you had to?

Thanks all

rockies
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# Posted: 18 Apr 2019 18:39
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Considering the wildfires, flooding and tornados that have been occurring more frequently in the US (and in areas not previously affected by such events) I'd consider Oregon.

ICC
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# Posted: 18 Apr 2019 18:59
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You might have missed some of the news because the media paid so much attention to CA, but something like 800,000+ acres burned in OR in 2018.

If you like mountains, keep in mind that the growing season gets shorter the higher you go.

I like the west even with the wildfire danger increasing. But then it is home to me and has been home to my family for a couple of centuries.

You say "homestead". Is that to be a simple self sustaining thing, or raising animals or crops to sell?

frankpaige
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# Posted: 18 Apr 2019 20:24
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JazzyJ
I would cross Colorado off your list. We have bomb cyclones, long winters, high desert environment. ๐Ÿ˜Ž I say this in jest. Not sure about growing crops, even in the south part of CO. Trees are always a premium here. But do love the wild wide openness. Natural disasters happen everywhere. I wouldn't let that be my big defining factor. Have your list of what you want to do/grow and find that best place.
Good Luck

rockies
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# Posted: 18 Apr 2019 20:24
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A home in the mountains can be designed and built to withstand wildfires. Much of the surrounding land can be planted or landscaped to help stop ground fire too.

However, a tornado will destroy even the best built home much more quickly. Flooding can also be a danger, so don't build too close to a river (and maybe consider piers).

justinbowser
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# Posted: 18 Apr 2019 22:19
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Our cabin is on a mountain in the Ouachita National Forest in OK, absolutely beautiful!

Brettny
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# Posted: 18 Apr 2019 23:34
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What do you do for a living and where can you work that you can have the things you want in a property.

Your piece of land will only ever be a piece of land if you cant make a living there.

Just
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# Posted: 19 Apr 2019 22:24
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Weatherman willing I will plant my 57 th crop this spring . You will need good soil ,good water ,moderate climate and the support of your family. You will have failures but if you work hard and have a bit of luck itโ€™s a great life . Just

silverwaterlady
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# Posted: 20 Apr 2019 10:43
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If you are concerned about extreme weather why would you want to try and homestead in the mountains in the western United States.

I spent a lot of time driving in those mountains in the winter. It's the most extreme weather I've ever seen. If you have to carry chains than that should tell you it's an extreme winter weather place.

I would take Just's advice.

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