I've decided my hobby will be a major part of my life, so I'm looking for opinions about where the best place to start a farm might be. Without a doubt this will be my retirement activity and income. I plan to grow it into a profitable venture over the years until then. My criteria are: Property taxes - LOW Proximity to a metro area - need customers Land - I want to retire with 100 acres + Law - Clear and not likely to change when big box company #27446 buys the farm next door and opens a store, or Suzy Richcakes sets up a McMansion project on the old farm down the road. I really dont care about what country I end up in so long as the conditions fit into the right bracket. Sure I'd enjoy returning to the good ol USA. I've even thought about a Swords to Plowshares type program for other Marines who are lost in this new economy. I'm going to document every step of my venture and hope to apply for a couple research grants along the way. (yeah I'm serious about this) However I've seen enough of the world to know that every country has some really nice advantages available. So where do you think a good place to start would be? I grew up in Michigan and was born in Kentucky so those two places have been getting a lot of my attention, but I also lived in Canada enough to know that its a pretty fine place to settle down. Australia and NZ have always interested me and anyone who has read the rest of my posts knows I'm in China now, so I really mean it when anywhere is ok by me. To be honest if it weren’t for a hugely insane property bubble here, I'd avoid the currency conversion loss and set up locally. Land is going to rise for a while more, but soon enough it’s going to pop hard. I dont want to be part of that. So that's about it, I hope we can have a discussion about where a good place to start a farm would be. I'd really like to hear everyone's opinions. Just remember to stay on topic. If it were just about emotion I'd go back to Kentucky, start a farm, write a book, get well known and be known as the Other Kentucky Colonel with chickens.