Dear fellow chicken enthusiasts - your wise counsel is needed!!! My aunt, daughter and I have always dreamed about having a small piece of land where we can have a great garden and a few animals. Does anyone know of a small farm or piece of land, anywhere in the US except really arid and hot places, where we can either rent or buy? We want to keep expenses low, but we are ready to sell both of our houses and combine efforts to make what we need a reality - that is, a lifestyle closer to nature, a more peaceful outdoorsy lifestyle, where we can enjoy our animals and refine our animal care-taking skills. We still plan to work outside the farm for income,but this is my grown up Christmas wish! Any ideas or advice? I have never done this on my own because I don't think I can handle it on my own. As a single mother since my daughter was 5 months old, I have to be realistic - there are things I cannot lift on my own, safety, what if there is an emergency, there are safety in numbers. I am not shy to admit there are wonderful things men can do that I can't - I just haven't found one who shares my goals. So, I have been forced to be a city girl to make money, pay off this **** student loan and educate my daughter. But enough sacrifice already! I am a contracts attorney (46), my aunt is a pipe fitter and plumber (53) and my daughter is a bright and kind little artist (9). I know this sounds strange to put this out there, but does anyone have any ideas? We are not opposed to joining forces with other people, or if maybe someone has a farm out there and needs the rent or wants to divide a section off to us to sell, we can come together and help each other? I am a great business person and wonderful cook - learning about food all my life. I absolutely LOVE raising chickens, improving their natural life experience and studying them. We would be happy to trade our services as well if that helps someone out? I am kind of a chicken whisperer and the Temple Grandin of chickens - without the autism! And, although I love law, I really need to make myself happy already, you know? We currently live in Pittsburgh, but we are willing to move almost anywhere. Ideally we would like a place where we can have chickens, milking goats and a few sheep. The school district has to be good. There needs to be a stream close by. I have two dogs and cats that are family. It would be great if we can build two little houses - one for my aunt and one for my daughter and me - or if the property has two little houses, even better, but one will do. We would also like to build an outdoor fireplace and put in a stove where we can can food. We want to build a fruit cellar in the earth. A pond or lake would be great. But most of all we want an arrangement that helps all parties involved, that adds to the quality of life for everyone, that is, a win-win! Life is too short to live without this dream becoming a reality so any opinions or advice are welcomed! Thank you for taking the time to read and we send you all our Christmas blessings!