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.

homesteading in maine

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

Geography – general geographic information

Geology  – geologic information (what rocks do we find)

Legal considerations

Building codes

Agricultural statistics

Home schooling

Average land price per acre (2013) : $2,080


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: 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

4 thoughts on “Homesteading in Maine

  • January 14, 2017 at 5:24 am

    Hi Amy! I live in Maine, also, in a small town. Casco is not the best place to live the lifestyle we want, but we are improvising with what we have until we can make our homesteading dream come true, even if it is
    just an acre or two! Where in Maine do you homestead? 😃

    • January 14, 2017 at 6:20 am

      Well gosh Tara…we are probably neighbors!

  • May 12, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    Please where is the best place to homestead in Maine for someone with kids and wanting to build there own home greenhouses and barns? Also please where is best for a multiracial multicultural family. I’d like to buy some land in Maine and homestead. I grew up in the country (KY), worked at a greenhouse for a few years, lived of the grid a few times in my past in a few different states and I’ve researched homesteading a lot over the years having always wanted to homestead I figured knowledge is power. I’m at the point now where I’d like to find the best area to do so and buy some land there. I’d like as much bang for my buck a I can get especially because I do feel the more acres I can get the better things will be for my family and myself. So I’m wide open to all suggestions on the best area in Maine to move to for homesteading.

    • May 14, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      Hi Keri…the closer you are to Portland the more costly it becomes. The same is true of trying to buy land on lakes. However, I would suggest buying in southern Maine (York, Cumberland or Oxford Counties). You can still get nice properties for a good price and avoid the very worse of the cold weather.


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