Your Field Guide to Farmland ownership and Country Living

Ever thought about living on a farm, but didn’t know where to begin? You can start right here, at Farmland Dream.

Because whether you buy it, inherit it or marry in to it, living the simple life isn’t as simple as it seems.

There’s a Lot More to Farming than Just Growing Things

Agricultural land has the potential of being a long-term investment, a tax haven, a family retreat, a second home, or an additional income. Or it can be a marriage-breaking, feud-starting, bankruptcy-inducing, attorney-enriching screw-up with multi-generational consequences. Deciding if owning a farm is right for you is one of the most impactful decisions you’re likely to ever make.

If you’re looking for instructions on how to raise things, this isn’t quite the right place. There are a lot of good books out there on crop and livestock production. (We’ll include some recommendations on our “Resources” page.)

This is a place for those who are new to a rural living, or are considering rural living. It’s a place for those who marry into farms, or maybe inherit one. It’s for people who may want to farm in the future, but are most likely raising kids and developing careers right now. It’s for those who are looking out twenty years ahead, seeing where they are, where they want to be, and where they want their families to be.

We’re here to help you ask the right questions, so you can get the right answers.

How Working Lands Work

There are so many things you should be aware of if you’re thinking about buying, owning and managing farmland. Because it breaks down into three really, really, really big pieces.

Financial, Business and Legal

What is land use? Should I place my land into a conservation easement? Where can I find an accountant who understands agriculture? Should I lease out my land? We can help you with answers to these questions and more.

Technical and Practical

How wide should my driveway be? Where should I put it? What are the fencing laws in my state? What’s that piece of farm equipment? Why are their cows so loud?

Cultural and Historical

Why are those oncoming cars flashing their lights at me?  Why are they always moving those tractors up and down the road? Why won’t they hurry up? And why won’t they plow my driveway?

If you read this blog, and use some of the information you gain here and decide that you’re really, truly ready to own farmland, then we’ve done our job. And if you read this blog and decide that a lake house is really a better option for your family, we’ve done our job as well.

Because nobody wants their farmland dream, to become a farmland nightmare.

Farm Lanes – Connecting Neighbors, Connecting Families

Growing in the Midwest, farm lanes were a thing. It was a cropping region, with no livestock, other than seasonal 4H project animals. With little livestock, there was little fencing, and fields weren't planted fence row to fence row, like we plant here in Virginia. It...

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“Sucking at It” is No Excuse

You Don't Need to be Good to be a Runner. You Just Need to Run Sometimes you have to just finally admit that the things you like to do aren't necessarily the things you're good at. Take me, and running, for instance. Fact is, I just basically suck at it. But I'm not...

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Tips on Selecting a House Site

Tips on Selecting a House Site Three major physical factors contribute to your enjoyment of your farm – your farm location, your driveway placement, and your house site. They’re interdependent, governed by economics, practicality and aesthetics. Get these right, and...

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