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Old 12/16/05, 08:23 AM
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Land in Kentucky?

Hi all. My husband and I are looking at buying some land in south central Kentucky. I was wondering if anyone knows anything about the area homesteading wise - good soil?, growing season?, etc. We want to homestead on it - grow a big garden, raise chickens and goats and possibly other animals at some point. We are, however, from the northern states - MI/MN and have never really visited, but found a piece of property we're interested in. Any input would be very helpful. Thanks.

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Old 12/16/05, 09:56 AM
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I left KY after 5 1/2 yrs there. I moved to KY from WI so similar situation to yours as far as a Yankee moving to KY. Our son & DIL still live in Glasgow while finishing up their degree at Western Kentucky University-they they're moving to Fargo,ND-they want to go back home to the north.

The soil we had in Metcalfe Co was red clay, very rocky but fertile. Due to the rocks I put a lot in raised beds.

Plenty of rain, sometimes there's drought like conditions followed by torrential rains. If you're going to put in driveways or roads, be sure to check for springs-I didn't know about them and we put in a road during the month of Feb to the back 20 acres only to find when the spring rains came there was a spring in the middle of my road!

Ticks are pretty thick in south central KY so it's good to have some guineas or muscovy ducks to keep them in check.

In the 5 1/2 yrs I only saw two copperheads but there were a lot of black snakes which are good to have-they keep the copperheads in check.

Oh and although you don't hear about it often, there are bobcats in south central KY-I had a 55# one on my front porch! There's a lot of coyotes who love poultry; so sturdy fences are a very good idea.

One last peice of advice, check out the neighbors!! Not just what they're houses look like but try to talk to them before signing on the dotted line. Especially if this place has been owned by a long time KY resident, get an idea how they feel about letting dogs freely roam(theirs),trash disposal, hunting & 4 wheeling on your land, cutting trees off your land,the basic private property issues. We didn't and should have-I won't even start to tell you my story but I offer that bit of advice to save you a few of the headaches we had.

Good Luck and let us know how your homesteading plans are coming along.

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Old 12/16/05, 10:00 AM
 
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I did a job in Hopkinsville and the area was beautiful and had good soil. One thing in Kentucky see if you can get a tobacco base which will let you grow and sell tobacco. I think there are several types of bases. It is amazing that you just cant grow what you want and sell it. Ask the seller if any base comes with the property

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DH & I just purchased 20 acres in Adair County, KY, right next door to Metcalfe County. There are quite a few organic farmers in the area so I am assuming that the growing is good. Our realtor is a forum member, he is the one who turned us onto Homesteading Today. He has been insturmental in helping many couples & families moved into the area and homestead.

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Ky guest is correct, check out the neighbors. The culture is very different. If I didn't love our property, I'd be heels and dust down the driveway. If we can find this kind of privacy in an affordable place further north, we'd sell in a heart beat.

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Old 12/16/05, 10:42 AM
 
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Culture in Ky????? We just moved here and should we be

aware of some kind of difference in folks.

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dandrea, I couldn't believe the difference 300 miles can make!! I've finally found an area where I fit in and my accent, politics and religion doesn't matter to my neighbors!!

Like you; if I could find an affordable place in any of the northern tier states, I'd probably be packing too.
Although,now that I've found out how friendly and welcoming western TN is; I really feel like I may have found home!! KY was a good learning experience about things I'd never believed could happen until they did; but the day the kids are no longer living there I can't see myself ever going to that state again.

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Kentucky---bleh. You'd hate it here. So would everyone else that has moved or is planning to move here. Run, get away while you can. Nothing grows, animals do poorly, the water is polluted, it, it it rains all the time, then it has droughts. I'd suggest Indiana or West Virginia, or Arizona. We are too poor to even afford gravity, luckily the state sucks so bad we stay in place. And, if you do move here, don't move to where I'm trying to buy more land.

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I would love to buy some land in the Hopkinsville area. Anyone know of some afordable area's?

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Old 12/16/05, 04:43 PM
 
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Yes, I can tell you who you can contact about some land around hopkinville, on the Ky. side. I bought some land from this guy. Real nice person. Will bend over backwards for you.

Bob Noel
4485 cadiz rd.
Hopkinville, Ky.
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(270)886-5316
E-mail: bnoel2@msn.com

P.S. Tell him Greg & Gill said Hi!!!

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Old 12/16/05, 10:36 PM
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You might get best advice if you were more specific about where you are heading. There's a tremendous amount of variety in "south central ky".

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Old 12/16/05, 10:48 PM
 
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Kentucky---bleh. You'd hate it here. So would everyone else that has moved or is planning to move here. Run, get away while you can. Nothing grows, animals do poorly, the water is polluted, it, it it rains all the time, then it has droughts. I'd suggest Indiana or West Virginia, or Arizona. We are too poor to even afford gravity, luckily the state sucks so bad we stay in place. And, if you do move here, don't move to where I'm trying to buy more land.
Thinking Farmer Willy is buying some grade A land for song...
Looking for some land with some gravity to it tho
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We just moved to S.C. KY. I'm still here in IN trying to get my house ready for market. My proberty there is fairly rocky so I'll be using raised beds for gardening. In Casey/Adair Co. there are several Amish moving out and we bought an Amish "farm" already converted to electricity and plumbing. The price was great! House (4 bedroom), shop (30 X 60), barn and 12 wooded acres for half of what my ranch house on an acre in IN is going to sell for. We went through United Country Realty, they have a nice website.

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Old 12/17/05, 09:01 AM
 
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That's good to know, Ky. Guest. Most of the "outsiders" that I had gotten to know after moving here, have already left. Lots of people move here with great intentions and just can't adapt, or maybe I should say the area doesn't adapt to new people. We aren't talking about people moving in, trying to change things, make trouble, etc. these were good, honest, productive people and still they left due to some of the problems here. It's too bad, because it is a gorgeous area. Good for you for finding a place to move to. Hopefully some day we will, too.

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Old 12/17/05, 07:10 PM
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Thanks all for the experiences, advice, etc. We are looking around the Edmonton area or there abouts. Nothing is set for sure, yet. Thanks again!

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Old 12/17/05, 09:09 PM
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Edmunton/Metcalf county area is not too bad. Relatively close to larger cities for shopping, employment. A lot of isolated acreage. Not too hilly and little marshy stuff. Tax rate not bad. A lot of Amish and Mennonites in the area. Cannot comment on crime and schools as reports on neither show up in our local paper. Good luck.

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Old 12/22/05, 08:23 PM
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My wife and I have just moved to the Edmonton area from Knoxville, TN. We love it here. Everyone that we have met has been extremely nice. I'm sure that there are some folks here who hate to see outsiders come in, but I feel that they are a small minority. Land and taxes are reasonable. and my soil appears to be pretty good. I would definitely recommend this area.

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My wife and I bought a small farm (50 acres) in Adair county five years ago. The stories that we could tell are endless. Whether its the neighbor to the south that grew up on the farm (we bought it from his folks), to the neighbor to the east who was born on the property, or the neighbor to the north who used to own the property, and the neighbor to the west that helped to build the house 60 years ago when he was a kid. It has taken a while, but we have pretty good relations with our neighbors. Since we were "city" people trying to build a farm, we are a source of ammusement to many, but once they get over laughing, they are usually very helpful. We always use local help for anything we do, and everyone knows that we are here to stay, and not just to speculate. If you are patient, and willing to wait out the stand-offish nature of the local culture, eventually, you will be accepted. You will need to outgoing, and have a strong desire to fit in, because you will never change the natives, which is good, because without them, it wouldn't be the same Kentucky.

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us kentuckians arent mean, we just don't like nosey folks or know it all folks LOL Seriously don't move here with a bunch of ideas of how you think you'll be treated , most of us are pretty good folks. we just don't like it when somebody comes in and starts telling us how we should be doing when we have been happy with our system LOL

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us kentuckians arent mean, we just don't like nosey folks or know it all folks LOL Seriously don't move here with a bunch of ideas of how you think you'll be treated , most of us are pretty good folks. we just don't like it when somebody comes in and starts telling us how we should be doing when we have been happy with our system LOL
I agree with kyhippie, I've lived in KY my entire life and we Kentuckians aren't any different than folks in other areas. We don't care for outsiders moving in and trying to change the way we do things or who are snobbish and unfriendly.
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