I'm looking into this elsewhere as well but I thought maybe someone on this site might have some tips to share. My family has owned our property for over 100 years it was a farm until the 60s and then stagnant and livestock free until about 10 years ago now there are over 100 livestock animals on the property. But the property is now zoned residential/commercial there is a factory next door (they are failing and may sell it soon, my great grandfather sold them the property back in the 70's), a large health clinic across the street a church on the other side of us (land donated by my family years ago) and a public school a mile down the road we have 22 acres. I'd like to start a bonified farm but number one I don't know if this is even possible due to my location. I feel like it should be allowed since this was a farm owned by my ancestors before these other places were here. I don't know who to contact other then a lawyer to find out, I don't want to open a can of worms here and be forced to get rid of my animals. 2nd I would like to do things different and expand more Maybe even buy some different property if possible, but I currently don't have the funds. I'd like to look into loans, and grants but don't know where to begin. Do I need to be a large scale farm? just produce a product? or can you be just a small scale or self sufficient family farm? I live in Northeast Michigan. I'm looking for advice, or website links. Sorry that was so long.