25 Jul ’17
My wife and are getting ready to embark on this homesteading journey and currently looking at property. I could care less about the house as long as we have enough space and care mostly about the land. My wife is totally opposite.
We've found a house that's actually pretty nice. Well maintained with plenty of room and it's on 5 acers. The plot has been cleared except for a small portion of trees and the land is flat. There is a tobacco field across the street and a cotton field back side of the property behind the trees. The property also boarders a small cotton field, 100 to 150 yards long with another more substantial cotton field about 50 yards away. The house is about 200 feet away from the small field and the bulk of the acreage is behind the house.
My biggest concerns about this property is the amount of pesticides used on cotton fields. The well is at the corner of the house about half way between the house and the small cotton field. Should I be concerned about water contamination even if current tests come up clear and how do livestock fare near such a field?
Frankly I'd rather pass on the property due to it's close proximity to other houses (I wont be able to shoot or hunt on the land) plus I'd rather stay away from all of the pesticides from the cotton fields however my wife is in love with it.
Am I being overly cautious or is there a possibility of real concern not only for my family but the livestock as well?
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