Homesteading in Arkansas

Homesteading in Arkansas- here is a summary of some of the important considerations for starting off your homestead journey in this state.

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Climate  – Click on the city/town links for more ‘local’ data

Geography – general geographic information

Geology  – geologic information (what rocks do we find)

Legal/Tax considerations

Building codes

Agricultural statistics

Home schooling

Average land price per acre (2013) : $2,850

 

Homesteader Comments

Read below what real homesteaders in this state think the pros and cons for living and homesteading here.  Add your own in the comments!


Pros:  Large rural areas, good climate, inexpensive taxes.    The specific area we moved to gives us easy/quick access to a spring fed creek and huge lake.  Also Crystal CLEAR water.

Cons: Mountainous area means the ground is very rocky.  Most  people you talk to say they grow “lots of rocks”  We lucked out to find a place that wasn’t on a cedar glade and has pretty decent soil.

Lacey, 20 acres


Pros:  Beauty

Cons: Mosquitoes

Robin, 10 acres

 

 

13 thoughts on “Homesteading in Arkansas

  • July 19, 2015 at 1:22 pm
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    We love it here, the seasons are perfect for gardeners. We have mild winters, (usually). We have a moderate amount of rainfall too. In most rural areas the state/cities stay out of your business. You don’t see the unnecessary laws that you see in many other places, even closer to the cities. We do have a lot of rocks and hills, but if you do above ground or container gardens, it doesn’t matter.

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  • May 27, 2016 at 1:21 pm
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    I live in South Arkansas, Ouachita County. Very rural area. It’s clay/sand with a thin loam top. Easy to amend with leaves, etc. Land prices average 2400.00 here. Work availability is limited here. No food tax. There is personal property tax. Each town has a city tax and state tax. In Magnolia, it shows as two taxes on your sales receipt and is about 13% togther with state tax being 5% . We are only an hour from Texarkana Texas and 1 1/2 hrs from Shreveport LA for shopping. There are 4 seasons though snow is only maybe 1-3 inches a year to none though it has snowed 15 inches before. Spring, fall and winter is mild. July and August can be brutal with 100 degree Temps and high humidity or it can be 80’s and low humidity. Give it 30 minutes, it will change. It can go from 30 to 80 in the same day. You can still be growing tomatoes way to the end of October sometimes November. Most crops go in around April though early March for green peas, etc. Arkansas allows the sale of 500 gal of raw milk from the farm with well posted signs and labels on milk. Home schooling is well accepted. Weather can be extreme with tornados in spring and again late fall. In the area we are in, west line with Nevada county, mosquitoes are rare. Flies can be controlled with fly predators. We’ve seen one tick in 4 years…guineas and chickens take care of them. Lyme diease is not a problem here but there are cases of Rocky Mt. Spotted fever. Wildlife is abundant and good hunting. Farmers Markets are popular. Our crime problem is based on a meth problem, so things need to be locked up and have good dogs. Crime is low otherwise. Neighbors are friendly and helpful with group efforts often. Police, etc are not intrusive unless called. Water Springs are frequent, we have 7. Water wells average 6500.00 for a 100 ft well. Though 21 miles from town, city water is available in areas. Water quality can range from irony tasting to crisp clean clear. Forage crops grow 365 days. We love it here.

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    • May 27, 2016 at 8:46 pm
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      Awesome information Gina. Thanks Gaz

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    • January 15, 2017 at 9:50 am
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      Hello – Thank You for writing the most recent and helpful post I could find. I’m a 62 year old man in great physical shape, at a turning point (having cared for both parents taken by Alzheimer’s). I moved to GA (from DE) to bring Mother closer to Sister once she reached a point beyond which I could care for Her alone. I’m an engineer and have an ecommerce business selling electrical connectors used in the solar industry. I love to hunt and garden, and I’ve always wanted to have livestock. I happened across Your post upon searching for best places to homestead. I’m hoping You’d be willing to be a contact, for further questions, as well as advice. Thanks! Ray

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      • January 18, 2017 at 7:11 am
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        Hi Ray – have a search through the posts – you will find some great information for people wanting to start off.

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  • July 30, 2016 at 11:41 am
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    Which places in Arkansas are open for homesteading? Any with homes on them? Away from tornadoes.

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    • January 2, 2017 at 7:47 pm
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      Tornadoes are possible anywhere in the state ma’am. Lived here my whole life.

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  • March 16, 2017 at 1:23 pm
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    Can I homestead my sister’s place? She left and is not returning and ask me to take over her 5 acres and house. I am currently trying to get the payment and I just want to make sure that if I pay for this place I will eventually own it. She left the paperwork but it is all in her name, my credit is not good enough to get a loan so I need to homestead and I do not know how.

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    • April 22, 2017 at 10:04 am
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      sastry: “, the term “renouncing” is a st1Ncth.&#822r;eo it’s not. You can officially renounce (voluntarily relinquishing) GC. In fact, many people do that (e.g. at embassy). There are few scenarios in which that is useful (even if you intend to return to US one day). Let’s just say I have personal experience with this topic.

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  • June 22, 2017 at 5:58 am
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    Looking for 1 to 10 acres nw ar off grid.

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  • July 23, 2017 at 11:08 am
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    Im looking for homestead land in arkansas, since i have a retirement income but little money for start up costs, and would need a small house to start off, how would i do this? What is the best area in the state and do I need a rwalator? Ive been looking at properties through online and im not getting the info i need.

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  • August 26, 2017 at 12:48 am
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    Hello-I am Retired and am looking to Homestead, I have been thinking about this for a LONG time-I have 4 children-and 14 Grandkids-and at Present-they are all scattered across the Country! I’d LOVE to find a place not too far from a river-to build on~and try to keep they family together!

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  • December 7, 2017 at 12:06 pm
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    Looking for Undeveloped not logged wooded land near North to North East Arkansas the top counties up against the Missouri border as well as the same lower southern Missouri counties.
    Would like @ least 40-100 acres. Stream or creek year round. Little if any pasture.

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