Finding Good Farmland: How to Evaluate and Acquire Land for Raising Crops and Animals. A Storey Basics Title

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Find and purchase rural property for the perfect small-scale organic farm of your dreams. A reliable supply of clean water, good drainage, and the right soil for the farming you want to do are just a few of the things you'll need. Longtime organic farmer Ann Larkin Hansen describes how to conduct your search. She also recommends investigating what's happening in the neighborhood — now and in the future — and she ...

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Overview

Exactly What You Need to Know

Find and purchase rural property for the perfect small-scale organic farm of your dreams. A reliable supply of clean water, good drainage, and the right soil for the farming you want to do are just a few of the things you'll need. Longtime organic farmer Ann Larkin Hansen describes how to conduct your search. She also recommends investigating what's happening in the neighborhood — now and in the future — and she offers plenty of practical advice on funding your purchase.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612120867
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 3/26/2013
  • Series: Storey Basics
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 797,080
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Larkin Hansen runs her own farm and is the author of The Organic Farming Manual, The Landowner’s Guide to Managing Your Woods, and two other Storey Basics® books: Finding Good Farmland and Electric Fencing. She has contributed to many publications, including Beef, Mother Earth News, Wisconsin West, Minnesota Business Journal, and The Organic Broadcaster. She writes and farms in Wisconsin.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Finding the farm that's right for you

1 Location: Where to look for land, and how to begin the search

2 Water: Source, quantity, reliability, ownership, and quality

3 Good Land: Soil type, fertility, aspect, slope, drainage, and field histories

4 Building and Utilities: House, outbuildings, fences, septic, electric, driveway, and a few other things

5 Neighbors and the Neighborhood: Finding out who the neighbors are and what they're doing, now and in the future, and the overall quality of life in the area

6 Government Regulations and Services: Permits and codes, land use planning and zoning, property taxes, protections and programs for farmers, roads and other government services

7Financing a Farm: Finding a lender and convincing them to give you a loan

8 Alternative Ways to Get onto Land: Additional ways to acquire land to farm

Glossary

Acknowledgments

Recommended Reading

Index

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