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I’ve written a lot about why we chose to move out of the suburbs and into the country. If you’ve spent any time on this website, you’ll already know that liberty was a big factor for me. The truth is that freedom always comes with a cost, and sometimes it can be pretty ugly.

The story I’m about to relay might be a little shocking for some of you. I apologize if it’s upsetting, but I feel compelled to share the good stories along with the bad. The weekend before last brought a lot of excitement to the Ant Farm, but very little of it was the good kind.

Leigh was out of town on a beach trip with some friends from college, and I was “batching” it with the kids. After a hard day of picking up brush and seeding the field, the kids and I were out late Saturday night consuming insane portions of fried goodness at Top o’ the River.

At 6:15am I was awakened to a very strange sound. It was one of those groggy instances where you question whether you actually heard it or not, but then it happened again. It was a loud “BAGOCK!” Instantly I knew what was happening, and I knew it wasn’t going to be pretty.

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This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Buying Land in Alabama

The kids petting Joel Salatin's cat at Polyface Farm

Where to Begin

Once I had read all the books and articles I could find on buying land, I started my quest in earnest. We had to first decide what geographical area would be suitable for us. Our needs were pretty simple. We had grown up on the northeast side of Birmingham, and we wanted to stay on that end of the world. Due to the recent colossal bankruptcy making national headlines, I knew that no matter what we did, we needed to get out of Jefferson County as quickly as possible. I also needed to find property that was close enough to commute to our office on the southeast side of town. Ultimately, we wanted to stay as close as possible to our friends and family, but my wife and I were also personally motivated by different aspects of the project.

Leigh was looking to give our children the experience of growing up “outside”. With lots of woods and bugs and animals, our kids would benefit from a little nature in their nurture. Wide-open spaces and a little hard work would round out their developing characters nicely. Continue Reading…