MLS# 5315437 - WATERFRONT HOBBY FARMS - 153.91 ACRES
PRISTINE 153.91 HEAVILY WOODED ACRES WITH A PRIVATE LAKE (BAKER LAKE), A POND AND A TWO BRANCHES OF SOMERS CREEK. ONCE IN A LIFE TIME CHANCE TO OWN A WILDLIFE SANCTUARY . . .
MLS# 1898481 - HOBBY FARMS - 165 ACRES
165 ACRES OF AMAZING HUNTING AND ROUGHLY 155 ACRES OF TILLABLE CROPLAND THAT IS CURRENTLY RENTED OUT AND BRINGING IN ALMOST $30,000 PER YEAR IN RENT. PERFECT FOR ANY . . .
MLS# 1899246 - WATERFRONT HOBBY FARMS - 63.3 ACRES
63 ACRES OF A WONDERFUL MIX OF TILLIBLE, WOODS AND LOW LANDS JOINING A NICE LONG STRETCH OF THE KOSHKONONG CREEK JUST OUTSIDE OF SUN PRAIRIE. POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS! . . .
MLS# 5633345 - HOBBY FARMS - 80.15 ACRES
BRING YOUR DREAM HOME TO LIFE ON THIS AMAZING ACREAGE JUST OUTSIDE OF THE CUMBERLAND, WI AREAS. THIS 80+ ACRES IS FILLED WITH NOT ONLY A PERFECT SPOT FOR A HOME, TO FILL . . .
MLS# 1900823 - HOBBY FARMS - 40 ACRES
WHETHER YOU’RE LOOKING TO INVEST IN LAND, CONSTRUCT A COUNTRY HOME, OR HAVE A NEW HUNTING HOT SPOT, THIS UNIQUE PIECE OF DODGE COUNTY LAND FOR SALE IS FOR YOU. THE . . .
MLS# 1862750 - HOBBY FARMS - 39.6 ACRES
BEAUTIFUL 40 ACRE PARCEL A BIT SOUTH OF MOUNT HOREB WITH MATURE TREES, TILLABLE OR PASTURE LAND, AND GORGEOUS VIEWS. COMPOSED OF GENTLY ROLLING HILLSIDES WITH A MIX OF . . .
MLS# 1881217 - WATERFRONT HOBBY FARMS - 40 ACRES
UNIQUE 40 ACRE BUILDABLE PARCEL WITH SUGAR RIVER FRONTAGE ON THE NORTH END OF BELLEVILLE INCLUDES RARE TOWN OF MONTROSE SPLIT POTENTIAL. A WONDERFUL COMBINATION OF . . .
MLS# 1876739 - HOBBY FARMS - 43 ACRES
WHETHER YOU ARE IN THE MARKET TO FIND A BUILDING LOCATION FOR YOUR DREAM HOME OR LOOKING TO EXPAND YOUR FARMING OPERATION, THIS PROPERTY IS WORTH TAKING A LOOK AT. THIS . . .
MLS# 5714212 - HOBBY FARMS - 48.4 ACRES
OVER 50+ ACRES OF PRIME LAND LOCATED IN THE CITY OF MENOMONIE LOOKING FOR A NEW OWNER. ATTACHED IS A CONCEPT PLAT TO SHOWCASE THE POTENTIAL OF A DEVELOPMENT WITH 46 LOTS . . .
MLS# 5672821 - HOBBY FARMS - 30 ACRES
RARE OPPORTUNITY THAT ONLY COMES ALONG ONCE IN 5 GENERATIONS. INCREDIBLE ALMOST 30 ACRE PROPERTY FACING BLUFF VIEWS, CREEK BED, ROLLING TILLABLE AND WOODS. PERFECT HOBBY . . .
MLS# 1900222 - HOBBY FARMS - 92 ACRES
RURAL RETREAT FOR SALE IN RICHLAND COUNTY CONSISTING OF 92+/- ACRES. OLDER 12X68’ MOBILE HOME SERVED BY WELL, SEPTIC, ELECTRIC & PHONE PER SELLER. HOBBY FARM OFF A . . .
MLS# 1896241 - HOBBY FARMS - 40 ACRES
AMAZING VIEWS! THIS 40 ACRE PARCEL SITS HIGH UP-ON-TOP OF COUNTY ROAD E, JUST 2 MILES OUTSIDE OF SENECA. WONDERFUL VIEWS OF THE COUNTRYSIDE. THERE IS A COMBINATION OF . . .
MLS# 1885825 - HOBBY FARMS - 66 ACRES
APPROXIMATELY 66 ACRES OF THE DRIFTLESS AREA LOCATED IN PART OF THE VILLAGE AND TOWN OF WOODMAN. THIS PROPERTY IS LOCATED VERY NEAR THE WISCONSIN RIVER AND THOSE PUBLIC . . .
MLS# 5198610 - HOBBY FARMS - 76.55 ACRES
START YOUR HOBBY FARM! 76 ACRES TO FARM OR USE TO HUNT AND HIKE. APPROXIMATELY 37 TILLABLE ACRES. GENTLY ROLLING LAND WITH SCENIC VIEWS. QUICK ACCESS TO I-94 FOR EASY . . .
MLS# 5711237 - HOBBY FARMS - 35.9 ACRES
VERY PRODUCTIVE SANDY-LOAM SOIL THAT COULD BE DEVELOPED, BUILT ON, IN A QUIET LOCATION. HAS SOME WOODED LAND WITH MATURE HARDWOODS, IS GENTLE ROLLING LAND THAT MAKES . . .
MLS# 5260023 - HOBBY FARMS - 47.7 ACRES
LAND! THEY'RE NOT MAKING ANY MORE OF IT - SO CHECK OUT THIS 47 +/- ACRES. IT'S READY FOR YOUR FARMING AND/OR BUILDING PLANS. BEAUTIFUL BUILDING SPOT OVERLOOKING NATURE . . .
MLS# 1869000 - HOBBY FARMS - 37.99 ACRES
RICH BLACK SOIL CONTRIBUTES TO HIGH YIELDS. RECENTLY TILED THIS LEVEL BOTTOM GROUND WOULD BE IDEAL FOR VEGETABLE OR ANY OF THE NEW SPECIALTY CROPS. ROAD FRONTAGE ON TWO . . .
MLS# 1898307 - HOBBY FARMS - 10 ACRES
A SECLUDED 10 ACRES ON CTY RD CW JUST EAST OF WATERTOWN. NICE BUILDING SITES IN AND AMONGST THE GROVE OF MATURE OAK TREES. THE ACREAGE IS SET BACK OFF THE ROAD A . . .
MLS# 1896879 - HOBBY FARMS - 31.61 ACRES
LARGE COUNTRY ACREAGE IS GETTING HARD TO FIND, SO DON'T MISS IT! MAKE THIS YOUR BIG CITY ESCAPE WITH SOME ELBOW ROOM! SOME WOODS, BUT MOSTLY OPEN GROUND THAT IS TILLABLE . . .
MLS# 1898016 - HOBBY FARMS - 23 ACRES
CERTIFIED ORGANIC TILLABLE FIELD WITH GREAT HILLTOP BUILDING VIEWS. WHETHER YOU WANT A HOBBY FARM OR JUST TO BUILD YOUR DREAM HOUSE, THIS PROPERTY HAS YOU COVERED. . . .
MLS# 5433310 - WATERFRONT HOBBY FARMS - 75 ACRES
A NICE 75 ACRE PARCEL THAT HAS IT ALL, WITH A MIXTURE OF WOODED, TILLABLE AND PASTURE LAND AND ALSO FRONTING ON THE YELLOW RIVER! GREAT PLACE TO BUILD YOUR NEW . . .
MLS# 1898019 - HOBBY FARMS - 20 ACRES
CERTIFIED ORGANIC FARM READY FOR YOUR DREAM HOME OR HOBBY FARM. PRIVATE HOME SETTING CLOSE TO WAUPUN. A PERFECT HORSE FARM LOCATION AS WELL AS HAVING THE ABILITY TO GROW . . .
MLS# 5717729 - HOBBY FARMS - 30.18 ACRES
REMARKABLE 30 ACRE PARCEL WITH GOOD-AS-NEW 28’ X 50’ STICK BUILT GARAGE/STORAGE BUILDING. INCLUDES 200 AMP ELECTRIC SERVICE, DRIVEWAY COMPLETED AND READY TO ENJOY. . . .
MLS# 5472796 - WATERFRONT HOBBY FARMS - 55.35 ACRES
INCREDIBLE 55 ACRES WITH 1674 FEET OF RIVER FRONTAGE ON THE CHIPPEWA RIVER IN SAWYER COUNTY WIS. AWESOME MIX OF WOODS & TILLABLE. THIS PROPERTY PRODUCES TROPHY . . .
MLS# 5679549 - HOBBY FARMS - 24.83 ACRES
24.83 ACRES LOCATED IN THE BLUFFS ON THE PEPIN/PIERCE COUNTY LINE. MULTIPLE BUILDING SITES FOR A FULL TIME RESIDENCE, HUNTING CABIN, OR A HOBBY FARM! ACREAGE IS MOSTLY . . .
MLS# 5609903 - WATERFRONT HOBBY FARMS - 11.36 ACRES
11.36 ACRES NOW AVAILABLE ON NORTH FISH LAKE WEST OF AMERY AND NORTHEAST OF STAR PRAIRIE. MOSTLY TILLABLE GROUND WITH 346 FEET OF LAKESHORE. BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME OR . . .
MLS# 1898313 - WATERFRONT HOBBY FARMS - 60 ACRES
LAND TO PLAY ON, BUILD ON, HUNT ON, AND TO GET-AWAY TOO! A REALLY NICE 60 ACRES FOR THAT CABIN IN THE COUNTRY OR YEAR-AROUND HOME. A NICE COMBINATION OF TREES, PRAIRIE . . .
MLS# 1859305 - WATERFRONT HOBBY FARMS - 9.25 ACRES
HURRY! BUY THIS GORGEOUS RIVERFRONT ACREAGE & HAVE THE BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE FOR THE FAMOUS JUMP RIVER FIREWORKS DISPLAY! WALK TO THE PARK & ALL THE 4TH OF JULY . . .
MLS# 5608654 - HOBBY FARMS - 4 ACRES
OPEN BUILDER- PRICED TO SELL - 2 LOTS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE. SO MANY OPTIONS. HOBBY FARM, TO RAISE HORSES, CATTLE, CHICKENS, AND OR GOATS. BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME ON A . . .
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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!