Celebrate the culture of agriculture & share skills (Growing! Cooking! Eating!)

Free Land Available to Modern-Day Homesteaders

I read this article in the Omaha World-Herald recently about a 59 year-old woman who was pulling up stakes in California to take advantage of free land being offered in Beatrice, Nebraska.

Although there are some significant strings attached to the offer, it caused me to wonder, would I leave my Home State, my beloved Nebraska, to become a modern-day homesteader?  And more importantly, where would I go?

I have noted previous information on the Internet about states that are giving away free land, if the takers are willing to fulfill certain requirements.  I can certainly understand how some people would be drawn to the idea.  Especially if they are being financially strapped by their current residence status.

For me, I would not be tempted to drag up and move to another location, even if it meant I would be provided with terra gratis.  I like it here.  Even though I often throw loving pot shots at The Cornhusker State, I can't really imagine myself anywhere else.

How about you?  Do you have dreams of living someplace else?  If so, where and why?  Would the offer of free land nudge you to make your dream a reality?

I would love to hear about it.


Find more content like this at A Rural Journal

Views: 680

Comment by Cornelia on January 5, 2011 at 11:02am
Great questions, Nancy - thanks! I'd take some free land in VT in a heartbeat. :) Not having a mortgage - especially in a place where land is so pricey - sure would make the task of making ends meet easier. The curve for reaching profitability would be less steep, therefore allowing me to refine my business models while making mistakes that are "small" rather than catastrophic. Of course, there may still be taxes on "free" land :)
Comment by Nancy on January 5, 2011 at 11:28am
For people who don't want a lot of land this seems perfect.  Those of us with "attachments" (chickens, bees, goats, the like) would need something more substantial shall we say.  If given that opportunity, I might me tempted to move out of this rotten state of NY.  Taxes are horrible, business is horrible, and if it weren't for the fact that 2 of my kids are still in high school my husband and I would have pulled up stakes long ago.
Comment by Rachel Hoff on January 5, 2011 at 12:25pm
The cost of land is what prohibits us from following our dream. It would definitely be an attractive offer. But then again, it would really depend on where that free land was and how arable it was.
Comment by Larry Snyder on January 5, 2011 at 1:23pm
There are low priced properties in most states with no strings attached. I have 30 1 acre lots for sale at $500 per lot ready to develope with no strings..
Comment by Heidi Marie Kooy on January 5, 2011 at 2:49pm

Where do you live in Nebraska, el vigilante? I was raised in Hastings and was just there for Thanksgiving. Ordered a heritage turkey through the NE Food Coop. It was fantastic!


It's interesting to me that the piece of land in the article was valued at $14,000. My parents owned some parcels in Hastings in the 80s and I believe they sold for roughly the same price. I'm thinking that if you can afford to build the house on these low valued pieces of land, you can actually afford the land too. I don't know how much of a deal it actually is.

Comment by el vigilante on January 7, 2011 at 6:13am
Hello, Heidi -- I live in rural Blair, about 50 miles outside of Omaha.
Comment by pelenaka on January 26, 2011 at 2:52pm

The first thought that crossed my mind was that this retired nurse had a source of income perhaps two or more. So her moving to a lower cost of living area makes sense. But when one moves to a small community there often is a decrease in employment opportunities sometimes even with an extended commute. Transportation would for us be an issue. Our car that we drive now wouldn't be suitable for Nebraska so a car note would have to be factored in. No doubt commuting would become a part of daily life. Gas would be a huge factor. 

I suppose that if the free land was five or ten acres, husband had a short commute, and the community was receptive to alternative building methods then we would give it serious consideration.

My heart's true dream is to move to Puerto Rico on an acre or so. But mostly due to economic reasons will never happen.


You need to be a member of HOMEGROWN to add comments!




Join us on:


  • Add Videos
  • View All


  • Add Photos
  • View All

© 2021   Created by HOMEGROWN.org.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

Community Philosphy Blog and Library