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Homestead 2.0: Found

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We've had an offer accepted on just over 16 acres of vacant land 14 minutes outside of Athens, Ohio. After weighing the pros and cons of close vs. far, house vs. trailer, build-it-ourself vs. ready-to-go, we decided to start again from scratch...only this time with slightly more money in our pockets so we don't have to build outwards from a windowless trailer that was literally worthless when we brought it home.

Over the next few weeks, we're doing our due diligence. Making sure the ground will perc so we can put in a septic system, performing a title search so we don't end up with any nasty surprises down the line, and getting our mortgage paperwork finalized. Hopefully it will all go smoothly and we'll be ready for the serious work of the move in early September. Maybe if I start kale seeds in flats now, we can even have a fall garden?

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Congratulations and best wishes to full completion in this exciting new step. It looks like a great piece of property with lots of potential!
Comment by Jim Thu Aug 3 12:23:24 2017

Congratulations. Hope everything goes smoothly with the closing and move. Looking forward to being in the same growing zone.

We purchased our place 4 years ago, however, we didn't move in until last September after I retired. About 3 years ago, we put in a septic system and 28 x 54 trailer on a foundation. The trailer was in bad shape and has been partially gutted. It is still a work in progress as is everything else. It is hard to remember what all we've accomplished but we're getting there slowly.

Try to enjoy the process. Moving is an extremely good way to get stressed out.


Comment by Mary Thu Aug 3 12:57:00 2017
Congrats on finding a new place! Looking forward to hearing more about the what/why of your new land.
Comment by Jake Thu Aug 3 13:20:23 2017
Be sure and check for mineral rights. Lots of drilling and fracking around there, but no fracking yet in Athens County, I believe.
Comment by Errol Thu Aug 3 14:22:57 2017

Will Mark be marrying his love for film with your inclination for telling stories as you embark on your new journey? I've been really fascinated by vlogging couples that document new starts in that format. Words and pictures only convey so much.

Best of luck with the move!

Comment by Brandon Thu Aug 3 16:52:02 2017
Comment by NIta Thu Aug 3 18:56:24 2017
See if the mineral rights are going with the land.Otherwise you may have to put up with a lot of exploration without much sayso.
Comment by wewally Thu Aug 3 19:52:38 2017

Congrats on finding a new homestead, hope purchase and transition goes smoothly, I look forward to your writings about building home and starting again with your new garden etc.

Regards Cheryl (Australia)

Comment by cheryl Thu Aug 3 22:09:14 2017
Where are you going to sleep?
Comment by Anonymous Thu Aug 3 22:18:49 2017
How wonderful. Best of luck with your due diligence!
Comment by Trothwy Thu Aug 3 23:54:00 2017
Happy for you both! So exciting!
Comment by Jennifer Fri Aug 4 07:34:58 2017
Never met but have been doing about the same lifestyle on the other side of Dungannon. Good luck, will miss.
Comment by Anonymous Fri Aug 4 12:13:32 2017
Congratulations! I hope everything goes smooth. :)
Comment by Ellen Sat Aug 5 02:03:46 2017

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