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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…

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Buying Land in Alabama

This land is sold.

My wife and I recently became landowners. After several years of searching for the ideal piece of property, we found sixteen acres in Ashville, Alabama. It was the perfect balance of features,  location, price and potential. Getting to this point was not an easy road. We began as complete amateurs with no clear vision of what we wanted, and no idea of what our needs really were. The process was quite an education.

As we begin the next phase of our lives shaping our little patch of heaven into something useful, I thought it might be helpful to share some of what we learned along the way. We are not farmers or real estate developers. We’re not hippies or eco-warriors.  We’re just a family of four in Alabama who was bitten by the bug to own land and build something meaningful and lasting. Continue Reading…