Homesteading in New Mexico
Homesteading in New Mexico – 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) : $540
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: Lots of open country still, land can be found for a good price far from the cities and tourist spots. Good climate, mild weather in most of the state. Good for off-grid living. Lots of agriculture, ranching and local knowledge of how to do things. Mix of cultures is a help. Wide variation in land: northern mountains, western mountains, southern mountains, high desert, river valley, plains. The growing season is fairly long. Spanish is a help, but not a necessity. If you get to know all kinds of people, you can get good set ups for trading and selling. Being friendly, respectful and trustworthy gets you friends anywhere. There is little obvious prejudice, people get along, do business, marry freely. But there are old quiet separations between White, Mexican and Indian that it’s good to be aware of.
Cons: Much of the open land is federal land, and they want more. Some is tribal, don’t mess around there. Some areas are old Spanish land grants and in some old small towns you might have a hard time being accepted if you buy land nearby as an outsider. Crime is high in some areas, especially around cities and larger towns. Water can be an issue in mountain areas. NM is a poor state mostly. Don’t badmouth anyone: the person you’re talking to might be their cousin or in-law.
Buddy, 1 acres