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Old 12/25/11, 02:20 PM
 
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Anyone homesteading in Michigan?

Just checking to see if anyone on here lives in Michigan. I grew up in the lower peninsula in the 'thumb' region, between Flint and Port Huron. I was raised on a small farm in the country and grew up with chickens, pigs and cows and land to explore. I joined the Air Force after High School and moved around for years and ultimately ended up in Nebraska where I currently live and am staying until my kids finish High School (3-5 years).

I have always missed Michigan for its 4-seasons and abundance of outdoor activities. Nebraska has 4 seasons, but it is mostly farmland and I miss trees and lakes. I plan on taking the family back this Summer and look around in the Northern part of the lower peninsula for some land or small farms to show them what it's like.

Anyone here already living and homesteading in Michigan? Where do you live? How has your experience been? I'd love to hear about it....Thanks and Happy Holidays!

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Old 12/25/11, 05:20 PM
 
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I was raised in Port Huron and hubby and I had a 20 acre homestead in Goodells until we got fed up with the tax state and moved to MO. We do miss the wonderful wonderful soil we had that would grow anything. But don't miss winters that went on toooo long and neighbors getting closer and closer until I had nowhere to ride my horse safely anymore. Also miss the orchards where we could pick cherries,apples,peaches and the great Armada flea market! Spent all my summers at our family cottage on Lae Huron and my adult summers at my folks cabin either near Alpena or up on Lake Superior so I do really miss the lakes, at times. But since we now are able to own 120 acres paying only $350 a year taxes with no building codes we are free to do what we like on our property. Our original homestead has been swalloped up by the 'burbs and I sure wouldn't wanna live anywhere near driving distance from Detroit. DH has relatives there and my brother recently moved from Flint to the Brown ity area; maybe a bit safer place to be.

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Old 12/25/11, 06:33 PM
 
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Here in Michigan - near Cadillac area. Wonderful area...great people...lots of homesteads available for good prices....downside: depending on your occupation, work can be hard to find. TONS of acres of federal/state land near here with lots of woods and trails. Yes, I don't think I'd live anywhere else. Welcome back...maybe?

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Old 12/25/11, 09:02 PM
 
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We are in Southern, MI..we both grew up here...moved to California for 5 years with the military, and were more than ecstatic to come back as soon as we were done!!

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Old 12/25/11, 09:08 PM
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We're in the SE corner of Ingham County, about half way between Lansing and Ann Arbor as the crow flies.

I'm not from Michigan, I moved here in '95...I've traveled or lived in all but 4 US states and though I've seen some wonderful places I wouldn't trade any of them for Michigan to live (even though Mutti's taxes and freedom from building codes do sound lovely )

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Old 12/25/11, 10:53 PM
 
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I also live near Cadillac, and while ive had to start over, i like my smallholding, ive been homesteading since 1990, and i also like this area, there are homesteaders scattered all over this area, so finding stock and like minded people isnt difficult.

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Old 12/25/11, 11:42 PM
 
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Born in Detroit, but in the thumb for 25 years. Come on back, but only if you are retired or can bring your job with you.

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Old 12/26/11, 12:46 AM
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We are in SW Michigan. We love it here. It's not the cheapest place to live. We love the seasons - even winter. We'd like a bit more land. We don't have a large selection of animal feed readily available. Large Animal vets are few and far between. But the people have been easy to get along with. Less.people think we are strange here than any where else we have lived.

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Old 12/26/11, 07:55 AM
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Grew up in Metropolitan Detroit (Clinton Twp.) but moved "up North" at the first opportunity and spent 20 years kicking around Clare, Gladwin and Missaukee counties before coming to SW PA in 2007.

Michigan will always be HOME!

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Old 12/26/11, 10:15 AM
 
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am in central mi with goats, rabbits, chickens, and soon to be cows, and pigs

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Old 12/26/11, 11:17 AM
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Yes, I was born in Detroit,Homesteaded in the 70's in central Mich. and now I'm in the Thumb. Having traveled, there are many places I like for various reasons,but Michigan has Many reasons to Homestead here. Land Taxes are getting to be very bad,and too many years of "progressives' in politics have put a serious damper on our Job outlook.

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Old 12/26/11, 12:16 PM
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Jobs is a major issue in Michigan. In the UP, it never really recovered from the Depression of the 1920s, so the latest downturn isn't as much of a factor.

Western UP has milder climates and a shortage of people.

North of Grand Rapids, there are places where the Amish are moving out that might suit a homestead way of life. Several unique homesteads around Gowen, MI.

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Old 12/26/11, 02:32 PM
 
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Regarding the tax burden of any state, check out this site:

http://retirementliving.com/RLtaxes.html

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Old 12/26/11, 02:39 PM
 
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A lot of Thumbers here.

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Old 12/26/11, 02:48 PM
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I'm in southwest Michigan. Grew up here. Agree that taxes are high, but land prices have dropped since the economic downturn in the country. Michigan was hit hard. Housing prices are down about 33% and land prices can be down as much as 50% from just 7-8 years ago. This is a good time to buy if you're thinking about it. I love it here Spring, Summer and Fall, but come Winter I'm ready to leave. Michigan is a beautiful state with many resources for homesteading, good soils, good hunting, land for sale and water everywhere. People here for the most part are friendly and helpful. Come on over!

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Old 12/26/11, 06:31 PM
 
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We lived in more than a dozen places in MI as a kid. Both upper and lower MI. Some of my fondest memories are in the UP around the town of Christmas.

I'll be making a visit there this spring.

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Old 12/26/11, 08:39 PM
 
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Mid-Michigan here. Cows, pigs, muscovy ducks, chickens, and rabbits.

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Old 12/26/11, 10:58 PM
 
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Northwest LP . . . . . . . .

Every time I see 'footage' of one of our many disgusting *wars* I see barren rocky country side . . . . . . .Not here . . . . . Trees and green

need to cut down some of my pines so as to make my final resting "box"

hope to have several years to think about that one....................

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Old 12/27/11, 01:21 AM
 
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SW MI, best place on earth, in the center of heaven. Ok, I'm prejudiced.

@Jim-mi, are you near a place they call High Roll-away? Went there about 10 years ago and fell in love with it.

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Old 12/27/11, 07:53 AM
 
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I must confess . . . .never heard of High roll-away . . . . .. . .
Any more description of such place . .???

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Old 12/27/11, 09:08 AM
 
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My folks had a cabin at Christmas....still remember meeting the bear out wild blueberry picking! And wading in the icy Lake Superior in August....sis and I always told Mom is wasn't cold thru our blue lips!!! I could easily be a Yooper.....but DH doesn't like the cold on his old bones anymore. My cousins all farmed around Croswell and we spent many a week at their place...think that is when I decided the country was where I'd live somehow someday. Still remember Aunt Doris in her barefeet grabbing a chicken,wringing its neck and making us dinner...wow, shocker for a city kid! Mom always sent a gallon of milk so we wouldn't drink the raw milk....so of course we drank as much raw milk as we could.....memories,ah. Making me homsick

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Old 12/27/11, 09:17 AM
 
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We live in Northeast Michigan near Alpena. As someone else mentioned, jobs are scarce. Land is reasonable.

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Old 12/27/11, 09:56 AM
 
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hey loghome mom we are about a hour west of alpena in the comins area yes we love it here , we have horses.goats,rabbits,chickens,calves,ducks

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Old 12/27/11, 12:09 PM
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@Jim-mi, are you near a place they call High Roll-away? Went there about 10 years ago and fell in love with it.
Up by Kingsley, on the Manistee River?

You all are making me homesick! It doesn't take much, especially around the holidays.

I don't know of a prettier small town than Charlevoix. Love that whole area, from Traverse City to Petoskey ... for those who have never been there, the road (US-31) runs along the bay and Lake Michigan through rolling country with lots of orchards. Heaven on Earth! It's a might chilly in the wintertime, though.
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Old 12/27/11, 03:41 PM
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Never lived in Mich. but spent alot of time there. ALL my relatives live in Michigan and worked for wither Ford or GM. I was in Toledo when young, then Dad moved around a bit and never went north to Michigan.

Michigan is Gods country for sure .... the greatest hunting and fishing. I've hunted in the thumb around Ubley and north to Mesick and Traverse City. I've fished every major river in Michigan for salmon and trout. I've always been in awe of how nice the natural resources are in Michigan.

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Old 12/28/11, 03:22 AM
 
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Yes ! I live in Port Huron, MI. now. Really Ft. Gratiot on keewahdin Rd. I have more deer, foxes, bats , racoons then I did when I lived in Smiths Creek . I lived in different states, but kept coming back here to Michigan. Sue

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Old 12/29/11, 01:06 AM
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Green, I used to live in your town! On Military Street ... in an apartment in the big house next to the Speedy Printing, right across the street from the Post Office.

I really liked Port Huron. Good people there.

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Old 12/29/11, 07:25 AM
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I was born and raised in the thumb.. Lexington area. Grew up and moved to the UP for a while, but lack of jobs eventually took me back to the thumb area where I had a homestead in Cass City/Bad Axe area. Had dairy goats, horses, hogs, chickens, turkeys and beef. I now live in Northern Lower Michigan, on the east side and love it! The veiw is awesome, the people are relaxed, the soil good and living expenses low. Jobs are a bit hard to find, depending what you do.

If you'd like to chat with lots of other Michigander Homesteaders, shoot me a PM, I'll give you the link to a forum just for Michigan Homesteaders.

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Old 12/29/11, 01:53 PM
 
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We'll be in da U.P. in a few more years.

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Old 12/30/11, 08:32 AM
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We'll be in da U.P. in a few more years.
What area? It's beautiful up there for sure!
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