MLS# 4990027 - HOBBY FARMS - 29.66 ACRES
GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR MIXED USE. HOBBY FARM WITH COMMERCIAL POTENTIAL - GREAT EXPOSURE. HOUSE ON ACREAGE NEEDS TO BE DEMOLISHED. LAND CURRENTLY LEASED FOR 2018. EASY . . .
MLS# 50182425 - WATERFRONT HOBBY FARMS - 30.32 ACRES
HERE IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO OWN 30+ ACRES OF YOUR VERY OWN PRIVATE RETREAT ON THE OCONTO RIVER WHERE YOU CAN HUNT AND FISH OUT YOUR BACK DOOR. ROUGHLY 19 ACRES ARE . . .
MLS# 4630912 - HOBBY FARMS - 28.19 ACRES
GREAT HOBBY FARM/HORSE FARM PARCEL CLOSE TO HUDSON. GREAT ACCESS. NO COVENANTS. OPEN BUILDER. HORSES, CHICKENS, ETC. ALLOWED.
MLS# 5013596 - WATERFRONT HOBBY FARMS - 35.11 ACRES
MULTI USE BUILDING SITE. THE 35 ACRE PARCEL HAS IT ALL: WATER FRONTAGE, TILLABLE LAND, WOODED LAND AND PASTURE LAND. HOBBY FARMERS DREAM PARCEL LOCATED JUST 5 MILES . . .
MLS# 5011552 - HOBBY FARMS - 40 ACRES
GREAT LOCATION. HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO DISCOVER A WONDERFUL BUILDING SITE, HOBBY FARM, OR A GREAT FARMING OPPORTUNITY. FALL IN LOVE WITH THE STAR WATCHING ON THIS . . .
MLS# 5027757 - HOBBY FARMS - 20.97 ACRES
GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUR HOBBY FARM, NO COVENANTS, CURRENTLY LAND IS RENTED OUT BY LOCAL FARMER. MAYBE POSSIBLE TO SUBDIVIDE.
MLS# 4881831 - HOBBY FARMS - 16 ACRES
RARE OPPORTUNITY TO OWN YOUR OWN HOBBY FARM/HORSE FARM. AWESOME LOCATION, VIEWS AND NO COVENANTS. OPEN BUILDER
MLS# 5019788 - HOBBY FARMS - 14 ACRES
14 ACRES FOR YOUR OWN HOBBY FARM/HORSE FARM. AWESOME LOCATION, VIEWS AND NO COVENANTS. OPEN BUILDER
MLS# 5004127 - WATERFRONT HOBBY FARMS - 5.48 ACRES
LARGE LAKE VIEW LOT WITH ACCESS FROM BOTH PEPIN VIEW SOUTH AND PEPIN VIEW NORTH. MOSTLY LEVEL WITH SOUTH SLOPE. LIVESTOCK WELCOME. HOBBY FARM POTENTIAL. GREAT SPOT FOR . . .
MLS# 4970725 - HOBBY FARMS - 19 ACRES
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR THAT COUNTRY ACREAGE TO BUILD YOUR HOBBY FARM, HERE IT IS! 19 ACRES JUST SURVEYED. ABOUT 3 MILES SOUTHEAST OF ELLSWORTH. NICE PAVED ROAD FRONTAGE. . . .
MLS# 4945746 - WATERFRONT HOBBY FARMS - 11.6 ACRES
11.6 ACRES WITH WONDERFUL VIEWS OF LAKE AND COUNTRYSIDE. PERFECT AMOUNT OF LAND FOR YOUR HOBBY FARM. EXCELLENT LOCATION BETWEEN NEW RICHMOND AND AMERY WITH A QUICK . . .
MLS# 5023399 - HOBBY FARMS - 15.13 ACRES
HEAVILY WOODED 15.13 ACRES (PER TAX ROLL) IS IDEAL SPOT FOR YOUR DREAM HOME AND/OR HOBBY FARM SETTING! ENJOY THE SPRING THAT RUNS THRU IT AND THE ABUNDANT WILDLIFE! . . .
MLS# 50190931 - HOBBY FARMS - 1.97 ACRES
IF LOOKING TO BUILD ON A BEAUTIFUL SECLUDED WOODED LOT APPROX 5 MILES FROM THE GREEN BAY CITY LIMITS LOOK NO FURTHER! ASSESSED AT 1.97 ACRES THIS LOT OFFERS CEDAR AND A . . .
MLS# 4956297 - HOBBY FARMS - 17.57 ACRES
HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO OWN AN ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL 17+ ACRES JUST OUTSIDE OF TURTLE LAKE! YOU GET WOODS AND OPEN LAND FOR THE PERFECT SPOT TO BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME OR . . .
MLS# 50173007 - HOBBY FARMS - 8.11 ACRES
8.11 ACRES -PARTIALY WOODED COUNTRY BUILDING SITE WITH POND POTENTIAL. CULVERT/STONE IS INSTALLED AT THE ROAD FOR THE DRIVEWAY ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE PARCEL. PINES, . . .
MLS# 4995811 - HOBBY FARMS - 5.03 ACRES
NICELY WOODED RESIDENTIAL LOT WITH SOME OPEN AREA. PERFECT SPOT FOR A NEW HOME OR HOBBY FARM! PRIVATE LOCATION, YET CLOSE TO ALL OF HAYWARD AND SPOONER'S AMENITIES AND . . .
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Before deciding whether hobby farming is right for you, it is necessary to have a clear understanding of what a hobby farm actually is. A hobby farm is a small scale farming operation not intended to be a primary source of income for its owners. Frequently, hobby farms are operated by individuals who have other significant sources of income such as full-time employment, retirement income, and/or other significant investments. Hobby farms can be engaged in the raising of livestock, the cultivation of crops, or both. Hobby farmers are different from homesteaders. Homesteaders are typically farmers with the main goal being self-sufficiency, often operating on a very lean budget.
Hobby farming is a terrific way for retirees to spend their golden years; it can also be a great second career for people looking for something more fulfilling in their lives aside from their daily 9:00 - 5:00 jobs. While hobby farms do not necessarily make an income, there can be financial rewards associated with operating a hobby farm with a little bit of luck and a successful business model.
Hobby farmers in Wisconsin focus on a wide variety of crops and animals. From small, independent dairies generating specialty cheeses to vineyards with small wineries, Wisconsin hobby farms come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Existing hobby farms can be utilized, but it is also possible to buy cleared land that is appropriately zones for hobby farming to build your own farm from the ground up. Before embarking on the adventure that is buying and establishing your very own hobby farm, there are a multitude of considerations that must be made:
Consider what livestock or crops you would like to raise as a hobby farmer. What type of farming might be best suited for the climate where you would like to locate? What will your target market for sales of your chickens, cheeses, honey or argula look like? Is there a demand for your prospective product in the area where you are looking to establish your hobby farm? See what type of hobby farm land might be available in the area you have identified.
2. Develop your plan
Sit down and write out a one year business plan for your hobby farm. While this document may need to change and adapt throughout the year, this will give you a guideline as you progress through your first year of hobby farming. You should include an initial budget in this planning process.
3. Check out parcels of land
Visits parcels of hobby farming land in the area where you are looking to establish your hobby farm. Existing hobby farms may already be for sale. Or, vacant parcels of land in ideal locations may be utilized as hobby farms if zoned properly. Enlist the help of a real estate professional in your search for the perfect parcel of land for your hobby farm. The agents at LandBin.com can help you identify and obtain your perfect parcel of hobby farming land here in the Wisconsin market. Make sure that the acreage of the land is appropriate for your intended use of it. Buying too much land for your hobby farm can be as much of a mistake as buying too little as it will be difficult and costly to maintain this additional property. Taxes and insurance on larger parcels can also be crippling if you obtain too much acreage for your hobby farm business.
4. Do your homework
Before purchasing any parcel of land, make sure you complete your due diligence. If you are planning to build structures on the property, are there are zoning or building restrictions that will impact your plan? Make sure you have a certified home and building inspector take a look at any existing structures on your prospective property to check for latent defects that might not be visible on your initial walk-throughs of the property. There is nothing worse than buying an old farm house or other farm building that requires numerous costly repairs shortly after you buy it.
5. Check on the water supply
Having access to a proven source of water is critical when establishing any farming operation. Livestock and plants need water to live and having to obtain water elsewhere will be a costly and burdensome endeavor.
6. Re-check your budget
Hire professional legal and financial advisors to take a look at your business model and the land you are intending to buy to make sure that it will fit in with your budget. The costs of development can be unexpectedly high, particularly if you have not analyzed all the nuances of this process. While you may think some things such as utility hook-up should be straight-forward and relatively easy, there can be numerous hidden fees and sub-contractors that need to be paid throughout this process. Advisors can also double check issues such as zoning restrictions, environmental regulations, and easements on your prospective property to make sure that you will not be limited in your intended use of the land.
7. Talk with the local crowd
Take a look at the local markets to make that your intended hobby farm will fit in. Make sure you like the neighbors. If the farmhouse on the property is adjacent to a landfill, chances are you won't be too happy in that location. Are hospitals, post offices, banks, grocery stores, schools, and libraries accessible from your prospective land? Even if these issues are not important to you, they may be important to the next buyer of the property, so don't lose sight of them.
8. Consider re-sale
While you may be intending to live on your hobby farm for the next forty years of your life, keep in mind that plans change. Consider whether your hobby farm land will be able to hold its value over the long haul in the event you have to re-sell the property earlier than you expect.
9. Refuse to settle
Don't just jump at the first opportunity you come across. Take your time with the process and make sure that you are satisfied that your purchase of hobby farm land is ideal for you. This is an enormous investment and chances are you will need to live with your choice for a very, very long time. Rural property can be more difficult to sell quickly than urban parcels, so make sure you are truly happy with your purchase.
10. Insure Yourself
Insurance can help protect you and your family in the event of a catastrophe, so make sure you obtain as much of it as you can reasonably afford for your hobby farm property.
Hobby farming in Wisconsin can be a difficult, challenging endeavor; however, there is also a tremendous amount of personal satisfaction that accompanies operating your own farming endeavor. Whether you intend to sell your products in a local market, on just operate a hobby farm for the pure enjoyment of it, hobby farming can give you a sense of self-accomplishment and pride the way few endeavors can. Be flexible as you start on this journey. Sometimes your business plan must change as you learn about the ins and outs of farming life in the region where you decide to establish your hobby farm. Accept the challenges and, most importantly, enjoy the journey that is hobby farming in the great state of Wisconsin!