Homesteading in Missouri

Homesteading in Missouri – 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) : $3,100

 

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:  We don’t really have very big droughts. It is mild in spring and fall. Winters and summer can be a bit tough but it could be worse. Our summers are pretty we we have a lot of humidity. And if you don’t like the weather wait 30 min it will change.

Cons: Summers can get into the upper 90s and winters can get into the negative 10s but that is only for a day or two.

Stacy, 1 acres

 

 

 

17 thoughts on “Homesteading in Missouri

  • July 26, 2015 at 9:02 am
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    I lived in Ohio for most of my life and moved to Missouri recently. The cost of living is about the same EXCEPT for the sales taxes. in Ohio there is NO sales tax on food except for items such as soda pop and eating in restaurants and the sales tax in most Ohio counties is under 7.5%. In the area where I live in MO sales tax on non-food items is over 8% and food is over 5%. It’s crazy, there are sales taxes for counties, cities, and even “neighborhoods” in MO. Gasoline seems cheaper in MO than OH but I’m not sure if that outweighs the higher sales tax. I suppose that depend on how much one spends on goods, food, or gasoline.

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  • July 26, 2015 at 11:46 am
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    We have 5 acres in Central Missouri, moved here from Oregon in 2013. I tell ya, you get a FULL four seasons here. The weather can be intense, we’ve been here just under 3 years and 2 years we heard the tornado siren, and had one touch down a few miles from our home. Spring is the most intense with crazy weather, thunderstorms, high winds, torrential rains and tornado warnings, in the prairies there is a lot of flooding, but here in the hills by the lake we don’t get flooding. Summer is HOT and HUMID! GAH! lol, night time is the worst in July and August. On the other hand it’s so green here, and with good soil you can grow amazing gardens. Fall is gorgeous, there are chances of tornadoes in fall as well, but not as much. The colors of these hills in fall is awesome! Winters get cold, mostly you get days in the 20’s and 30’s but we’ve seen it dip down as low as -30+F. Overall it’s a great place to live and homestead.

    We don’t like the “personal property tax” that we have to pay annually here in Morgan County, but generally that is our only complaint.

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    • November 30, 2015 at 5:49 pm
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      hyazzzz neighbor…..gotta love living by the Lake…we moved here 4 years ago and have loved it ever since….i also have 5 acres just off of the Lake here in Morgan County…..

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  • July 26, 2015 at 6:04 pm
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    Weather, weather, weather!
    People underestimate the weather here. Before you choose Missouri, understand that we get the worst of all extremes with the exception of severe drought which is rare.
    Springs are pleasant in temperature but intense in storms. Any native will have a good “the first time I saw a tornado” story. Summers come with a humidity that’s impossible to describe and temperatures that sit in the high 90’s all through July, easily spiking into the hundreds before mid-August. Fall is easy enough but winters have the potential for inches if ice for weeks at a time.

    It’s all very conducive to growing incredibly productive gardens if you’re up for the extremes. But those with no experience in irrigating (or desire to learn), a fear of tornadoes/big thunderstorms or an aversion to long, frigid winters shouldn’t bother. It’s a mathematical certainty to experience at least one of those every year.

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  • December 20, 2015 at 1:40 am
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    Looking to homestead land in mo.is it possible,,wife is disabled,want to save money on land to build suitable home,as disability will only get worse,wheelchair future.

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    • April 3, 2016 at 9:33 pm
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      We love Missouri but we really do get the weather. You can actually see all four seasons in a week. Homeschooling is not a problem here. We are a no testing state.we just started our big garden to become more self reliant. Make sure you look at the soil before you buy. Where we live we grow a great crop of granite and clay. I live in southeast Missouri. But you can sell the granite to a company in Perryville if you want. Everything from trees to veggies to fruit grow here but things grow better if you first grow them till they are seedlings instead of just growing from seeds. At least that’s my take on it. We have solar and wind power available but I cannot afford it right now. I love my state!

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      • January 15, 2017 at 10:17 pm
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        Where in SE Missouri do u live? I live in Benton. We have 5 acres.

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  • February 24, 2016 at 11:09 am
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    My wife and I just moved to Waynesville, and hope to use a profit share account we have coming to us and savings from her job at Fort Leonard Wood buy some land and develop a homestead that can be incrementally more bountiful as time goes on. I know it’s really hard work, but I have always wanted to do this. Can anyone give me advice on what kind of activities are successful starting out, and good sources for information?

    I was thinking about starting with livestock: rabbits and chickens maybe, or pigs. The idea would be to raise them for meat and profit. I would appreciate any thoughts.

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    • February 24, 2016 at 11:53 am
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      Hi Matthew…..from my experience starting off with chickens is a great plan. They are easy to work with, have eggs as well as meat you can sell and are such a common meat source in the US that you have a ready market. Rabbit, while easy to work with as well, has the issue that the community generally is not into eating soft furry animals (sorry to all my rabbit fans…but it is sort of true). Pigs require more infrastructure and butchering could be something that you want others to handle…… so they are my initial thoughts… GAz

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    • April 2, 2016 at 12:10 pm
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      My husband and I are saving to buy about 30+ acres. He found out so much information on youtube, he is now in contact with a few farmers and is able to ask several questions when they come up. No matter what you want to do, there is someone already doing it and making a youtube video about it, start following the experts and get a boatload of free advise.
      Best of luck!

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    • October 29, 2016 at 9:24 pm
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      Bees……not so much for the honey..but for queens and colonies…a good resource isabees.com jane is a friend and will help you out of committment to the craft

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  • April 2, 2016 at 7:40 am
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    Hi,Webster County Mo. 3 yrs ago bought a garage on 2 acres 350′ outside city limits. Yrs ago there were mobiles here, all have been repossessed over the years. I bought the garage/shop, am turning it into a home. No building codes, permits or zoning, except for putting in well (Well, I can do, but cant disconnect from city water till I have septic because they charge incoming and outgoing, septic cant put in unless I have 4 acres, will be purchasing lot next door, 2 more acres, solves that problem) and septic. Im on city water and sewer right now. HATE that as being outside city limits, my water bill is double. My kids live 350′ away INSIDE city limits and we compare water bills… UGH… I am very close to town, which I like. Property was cheap enough, that as a single woman, Im handling it.. Wages and cost of living are decent enough that its all do-able. I really have no complaints except the city water issue. I will fix that tho. The seasons, eh it depends. Springs are weird, winters ya get a few bad ones then its mild. Ticks and tornados, suck, but all in all its very well worth it!

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    • July 16, 2016 at 4:42 pm
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      ARE THERE MORE 2 ACRE LOTS AVAILABLE IN THE AREA?

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  • July 17, 2016 at 9:38 pm
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    Are there more 2 acre tracts available in the area? Also, what city is near you in Webster county? How much monthly for city water?

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  • March 21, 2017 at 6:27 pm
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    I lived in Butler Missouri for about 5 years, and fell in love ! I’d like to go back to that area, but would like to check into homesteading. I’d like to have as much land as I could, I like to raise both beef and pork. Can anybody help me out?

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    • April 24, 2017 at 8:02 pm
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      I’m retired, but still work with the park service. Would like 30-40 acres in the mountains. Is there anyone that could give me any advice?

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  • June 4, 2017 at 12:37 pm
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    Hello!
    I’m really new to the idea of homesteading but very interested in it as I want to get out of the rat race. I would like to move to Southern MO. Any advice as to which county has good soil, cheaper land, linient building codes? I have lived in MO for 10 year but want to move in the southern side, maybe near AR border. Do I buy land online? Also, how do I find any farmers close by to ask for any questions?
    Thank you!

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