We've decided after much discussion with relatives and friends that we are firing our banker dude working on our home loan. What does that mean? It means that we are either going to wait until spring to build or we are going to find an existing home with acreage and divide projects between both lots. There are actually 3 homes in our searches that would be a good place to start looking so probably after the new year we'll start our search for existing homes and put building on the back burner for now.
We may come back to the idea to build and we are going to leave our deposit with the builder we've selected for now. As it stands we wouldn't be moving in until spring or summer anyhow once the house would be built so a few months of clarity would be good for us. We DO still plan to get chickens and goats in the spring despite the fact that we won't have a house out there. I've seen some really nice igloo style goat housing, movable fencing and I think the addition of a milk stand and an "instant" canvas garage might get us started. For chickens we will build a chicken tractor to keep them safe and contained. We only live about 10 minutes away right now so we will be transporting water and spending a lot of time out there gardening so I think it will work.
The nice thing is that we own the land we planned to build on and I think with some creativity we will still make it a farm, even if we are farming from another location too. Ideally if we find an existing home to purchase it will have land of its own. One of the ones on our short list includes 12 acres...so in that purchase we will go from 9 acres to 21 total acres! Holy cow(s)! We may have to start raising grass fed beef to keep that managed. Darn! I "hate" having such high quality problems. :D
I'm reading Joel Salatin's book right now, You Can Farm, and its providing me with some inspiration about farming remotely since in this book he's adamant that you don't even have to own the land you farm on (too late for that one).
I'll keep y'alls posted on what happens next. Wish us luck!