Homesteading in Maine
Homesteading in Maine – here is a summary of some of the important considerations for starting off your homestead journey in this state.
Climate – Click on the city/town links for more ‘local’ data
Geography – general geographic information
Geology – geologic information (what rocks do we find)
Average land price per acre (2013) : $2,080
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: Homesteading in Maine is wonderful. Land is not expensive when you move away from the coastline. Water is abundant both in streams, lakes and in wells. The soils are rich and can be built up quickly. The state has many forests in which you can hunt and/or gather food. The state has a culture of buying local and a blossoming CSA and local markets. The state swells with holiday makers in summer – increasing demand and markets
Cons: The downside is the cold and long winters (not as cold as some inland states however). Summers are mild. However, winters can provide time to work on crafts etc.
Gary, 12 acres
Pros: People’s general attitude is very accepting. I like that I have my own private homestead and no one is trying to come see us or bother us. At the same time, people recognize us when we do go out to town or the feed store, etc. and say hi but not trying to get into our business.
Cons: A lot of drugs now. Dealers know that these remote areas have a lot of poverty and they get the locals hooked. Then meth labs can spring up and riff raff moves in because people tend to keep to themselves or just don’t know what they are seeing.
Amy, 180 acres