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<p>all of my family lives here and DH and I are hesitant to leave...we wont be able to buy a house for a few years anyways...but just curious if it can be done..at least mostly?</p>
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<p>we were looking to move to maybe Berkley MA</p>
 

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<p>I don't see why not. If you are willing to come out to the western part of the state, away from the metro/suburb areas, you can get a decent amount of land. It's not the cheapest in New England, though.</p>
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<p>How much land were you looking for? I see homesteading as a way of life, and it can be done on a fraction of an acre.</p>
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<p>I looked up Berkley (didn't know where it was) - I'm not extremely familiar with that area but I'm pretty sure it will be more expensive than if you can go further west.</p>
 

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<p>we are in northbridge right now renting...they wont even let us plant a flower haha. we are about an hour away from all our family now and its been really hard. MA is a very expensive state yet everyone in my fam is very low income but no one will move...we dont want to up and leave everyone. DH would obvs have to work and i would have to take care of pretty much everything. i *want* as much land as i can possibly get! i have always dreamed of living in Berkley since i was a little girl. i mean literally dreamed. when you enter the town the first thing you see is this beautiful meadow and i used to have dreams of playing with my children in it lol corny i know but all i have ever wanted was to be a mother. i love everything about the town though. they have a lot of Christians and more natural parents than i have seen anywhere else in the state. i have seen alot of homeschooling and that sort of thing there and the public schools are really good too. im not too sure if we will be able to swing it but i sure am hoping. i think this would be the place where i would want my dream home and to live out the rest of my life...kwim?</p>
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<p>i would love to have chickens and maybe a couple of horses at least...definately want to grow as much as possible.</p>
 

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<p>I don't homestead (I so wish), but some of my friends do, or try to, at least.  I live in Norton, which is close to Berkely and such a beautiful area.  We have a very close-knit homeschooling community.  I do think it may be a bit more expensive than other parts, as a PP had mentioned.</p>
 

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<p>"i used to have dreams of playing with my children in it lol corny i know but all i have ever wanted was to be a mother."</p>
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<p>Totally not corny.....me too. :)</p>
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<p>I feel like I've always wanted to be a mama. And now I am.</p>
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<p>I also feel like there's something to be said to feeling drawn to a certain location. We live in Georgia but I travel to VT frequently. My dearest friend lives in Deerfield MA. Ever time we visit I have this feeling in my body that says, 'this is where you should be living'. It's so strong I can't ignore it. We would really like to live there and have a dream of cultivating that in the next couple of years. </p>
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<p>Best of luck.</p>
 

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<p>If you can afford a bit of land in Berkley, next thing I'd do is call their town hall and ask about their regulations on chickens and other livestock.</p>
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<p>If it seems good - go for it :)</p>
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<p>Obviously you'll want to absolutely avoid buying a place with an HOA. Other than that, and if the livestock rules are reasonable for you, of course you can homestead in Massachusetts!</p>
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<p>I live in a MA city (a small one) and I have 1/10th acre. My city permits chickens. I don't have them yet, but I'd be surprised if I didn't get some within a couple of years. Maybe I'm just not knowledgable, but I've never heard of anything except 1) HOAs and 2) city livestock laws that would prevent you from homesteading your property. Oh, sure, there's stuff like permits for building outbuildings, and you might have to deal with a ROW (Right Of Way) for a utility if something like electric lines pass through your property... but I just don't see what would block you from homesteading in MA.</p>
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<p>Go for it, I say!</p>
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<p>(PS: I'm not far from Deerfield... and yes, it is a gorgeous town. And if you go even west from Deerfield, you can see truly old New England, little towns that are basically a wide place in the road with a church and a general store... you go through these places and wonder how everyone makes a living :) But there's a fair amount of homesteaders and small farms in that stretch. I know of three farms that use draft animals - two use horses, one uses oxen. I love it.)</p>
 

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<p>I know that in my town (much closer to boston) I've heard that I actually will have a lower tax rate if I add another "farm" animal to my chickens because then it is used agri land.  That must be a town thing, not state, but would be worth looking into when you decide on a town, esp. with finances such an issue.   Although, perhaps that decision was made as a child! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="width:16px;height:16px;"></p>
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<p><span>Wanted to add that most towns have community gardens that allow you to easily rent space to grow food.  I spend $40 a year on a large plot of land that they also plow and amend organically.  Or you could try container planting while still renting.  In college I grew stuff in a cast off kiddie pool!</span></p>
 
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