Anyone homesteading in Michigan?

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by Huntmo1, Dec 25, 2011.

  1. Huntmo1

    Huntmo1 Well-Known Member

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    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!
     
  2. Mutti

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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.
     

  3. CornerstoneAcre

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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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    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!!
     
  5. Tiempo

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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 ;))
     
  6. misterB

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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.
     
  7. Maura

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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.
     
  8. Callieslamb

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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.
     
  9. willow_girl

    willow_girl Very Dairy

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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! :)
     
  10. reneeearle

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    am in central mi with goats, rabbits, chickens, and soon to be cows, and pigs
     
  11. 7thswan

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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.
     
  12. haypoint

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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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    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!
     
  16. fishhead

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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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    Mid-Michigan here. Cows, pigs, muscovy ducks, chickens, and rabbits.
     
  18. Jim-mi

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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....................
     
  19. kenworth

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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.
     
  20. Jim-mi

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    I must confess . . . .never heard of High roll-away . . . . .. . .
    Any more description of such place . .???