I'm currently living in an apartment and saving money to buy land in Illinois. My purpose is to homestead, or at least live as much off that land as possible. However, I have a family to think about. At what point did your farm become profitable or has it ever been? I've heard a lot of horror stories from dairy farmers who toiled for next to nothing. I've also heard heady stories of specialty farmers making unreal amounts of cash. I don't think I could raise buffalo on the amount of land I can afford. I have noticed that many folks here have other jobs outside of farming. Plus, many are retired. Has anybody been able to move to the country, start a farm from scratch and been able to make money doing so? If so, how long did it take? My "gameplan" is to build a simple house, raise dairy goats to produce cheese. I'm 20 miles from Wisconsin's Cheese Capital so there would be a potential market. Plus, I intened to raise small, specialty crops, such as Korean and Italian veggies. I figure that if I focus in on a narrow market I would have better success. With land prices at about $3500 an acre and rising, thanks to Chicagoans, I need to hurry before land goes for $5000 an acre. Plus, small farms are no longer allowed, in a way, here in Illinois. The state requires 6 acres of land before you can build a house. Some counties are now saying more, like 40 acres and up! I miss living in the country and I hope I can make this work.