I thought we could start with the simplest of subjects when it comes to homesteading in Kansas, finding the right land. Some of you may be able to purchase land at this time and this post is for you. The rest of us. . .just something to think about.
When it comes to looking for land there are a few things that you should consider, and then weigh those considerations against your own wants and needs.
First you need to think about what you actually want to do. Do you want cattle for personal use or for auction, farm or garden. . . you get the picture. Your answer will determine how much land would be good for you.
When looking, look farther away from a town. The more remote a property, the less expensive it will be.
I highly suggest a property with a woodlot, a creek or other water source, fertile fields and pastures, decent hunting, and slightly isolated.
You want to know how high the water table is for the property. Test the water and soil for pesticides and heavy metals.
Ponds are wonderful asset, but not necessarily a requirement, you can raise fish in cattle tanks.
Orchards are great to have already established, unfortunately most orchards around here seem to be only the mulberry variety.
If you can afford it, go ahead and get a place that has already been set up. It can be a struggle and hassle to start from scratch, but that is doable.
Hills are good, but you might not find land here that has one. It depends on how much you want to spend on the purchase.
Check the building codes for the area, some counties have no codes, some have strict codes.
A septic or lagoon needs to already be placed on the property, unless you plan on doing other things with you refuge. This item can be expensive, and then trying to get some out to your property can be a problem and or very expensive. I don't recommend doing it yourself unless you are a pro. Sewer issues can lead to major water and soil problems.
I also advise you to stay away from homesteads or farms that are on major roads that run north and south. If anything should ever happen, people will tend to move south, to warmer weather. And I would really not want to ever be in their way.
What it all breaks down to, is know what you want out of the homestead, what you are willing to put into it, make sure their isn't any poisons, and then go for it, love it.