Homesteading in Kentucky

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

homesteading in kentucky

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) : $3,150


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:  Beauty

Cons: Mosquitoes

Robin, 10 acres

Pros: The beauty of the immense greenery. The shade from the heat. The long growing season. The many fruits and vegetables that this climate allows to grow. The relative short Winter. My county (Metcalfe) has no building codes. Enough sun to fuel a good solar system. Enough rain to fill large water catchment tanks. Plenty of trees to cut for wood heat, cooking and building materials. Lots of hillsides for root cellar storage. Many native plants and trees for foraging. Diverse wildlife for hunting (deer, turkey, squirrel, rabbit). Extremely affordable property (around $1000/acre) and low property taxes

Cons: The ticks! and copperheads and in my region, scorpions. Allergies/hay fever/etc.. Humid

Mary, 23 acres

Pros:  Formerly a major agriculture area.

Cons: Restrictions in certain locations.

Ben, <1 acres

Pros:  Low cost of living, relaxed laws regarding animals and property, many people have homesteads, rural, lower crime rate, long growing season.

Cons:  I really can’t think of anything, but we haven’t run up against a law or anything that really applies to us and what we do.

Maddie, 60 acres

10 thoughts on “Homesteading in Kentucky

  • July 24, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Pros: The cost of living isn’t going to break you. The laws are fairly lenient toward farming; Kentucky takes care of ag for the most part. There is a big push happening toward the “local food” movement here, and the state Ag Department is always very helpful with that or anything, really. And it’s always pretty easy to find a producer-only farmers market.

    Cons: It’s humid in the summer. The Mosquitos and no-see-ums will try to carry you off. While you can find the producer-only farmers markets, you may have to search for those that are “homesteaders,” or living sustainably. Off-grid living seems to be pretty much unheard of. Although many want to go that route, it seems there aren’t many of us.

  • June 24, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    I agree with everything that has already been said. Off grid living is pretty much rare – although some people seem to agree with the ideal. Depending on where in Kentucky, land is expensive. I live in Laurel County, and land here is expensive. It’s hard to compete with the millionaires.

  • August 18, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Pros: livestock can forage from spring to fall and some in winter. LOTS of free water.
    Cons: TICKS 3 or 4 types will drive you crazy from late spring till fall. Lived on two different farms 4 miles apart, one had almost zero ticks the other is a living nightmare. Rains so much it’s hard to keep the grass mowed in yards let alone keep gardens and fields taken care of.

  • December 29, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    I bought 30 acres in Knott county KY very cheep and I love it, I have started on my log cabin and hope to finish it before next winter. I have cut, stripped and seasoned most of the logs over a two year period and have started stacking the logs. In my opinion Eastern KY is one of the best places to go off grid, it has everything that you would need to have success if you work very hard and don’t give up. If you can find a community that is spread out but watchful of each other you should not have any problems, so far I have not hade any issues. I am going 100% off the grid when I am totally out of debt in about two years, Here is some things that you should concentrate on to get yourself ready to take the plunge, get debt free as possible, acquire enough land to make it work 10 acres or more, make sure the ground is good for growing food crops, get only the animals that makes sense for the land that you have, make sure you have a livable dwelling of some sort before making the full move, there will be some unforeseen issues with trying to live on the land even with a dwelling.
    Go for it I am.

    • February 6, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      We are considering doing the same. Live in Ola Idaho. How would I look for land? Craigslist or Landwatch?

    • December 3, 2017 at 9:31 pm

      How cheap was your land and where do I locate property’s

  • July 5, 2017 at 10:17 am

    I found my land on Craigslist, I was very lucky and got it cheep, I have made a deal to purchase a connecting 20 acres for just slightly more $ per acre, You could probably find a good deal also but it may take some time, I recommend looking at the counties from Montgomery county and East to Pike county, you can find these counties on a good map and see the terrain. The terrain goes from rolling – very mountainous, My land is deep in the mountains which is just what I like, the best prices are to be found the farther east you go. I love Knott county. plenty of Deer, Elk, and other game, a long growing season and the amount of different wild vegetation is probably the best in the entire country.
    You should come down and take a look, I doubt you would be disappointed.

    Mountain Man Jim

    • July 26, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      Hi I have 4 acres in whitley county Kentucky but I was told can’t live off grid there I’m outside city limits my property is steep I’m thinking on selling and moving east in Kentucky u say like county or Knott county is good do they still have off grid laws there that prohibits it ?


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