Hi there, Question: How do you determine how close is "too close" to "traditional" farm land? General Background: I have been looking for land for a few months. We're renting in south Florida now and am looking for anything over an acre (ideally 2.5 acres or more). Initially I started looking in Florida, but then expanded my search to Georgia and California (even entertaining the Big Island of Hawaii for a while). Although (or perhaps *because*) we have done extensive renovation projects in the past, we aren't ready to undertake a project to construct a home from scratch right now, so we are looking for land that already has a livable structure on it, even it is needs some work. Our budget is $75,000. This will not be the first place that we've owned, but will be the first place that has land where things can be grown on it. Our goal is to experience the peace and joy of nature and practice some permaculture methods just for our own use (not to make money from farming). We've mainly lived in cities as adults. My wife has lived in cities her whole life. I grew up in a rural area so I have some experience of living amongst trees. This land might be something we keep for the next 50 years or it might be something we experience for a year or two and then move on. We are open to whatever happens. In the past 20 years since college we've lived in the Boston area mainly, then the San Francisco area for a year, London England for five years, and now Florida for less than a year. Details on a specific parcel we found: We found an old house in northern Georgia on 3 acres and within our budget. It already has some pecan and walnut trees. It has a well. I'm not certain on the condition and depth of the well, but let's assume for now that if it is damaged or too shallow that I'll get that remedied. The potential problem: parcel is directly adjacent to a logging/timber tree farm of several hundred acres. I contacted one of the logging companies (a $25 Billion / year company) and surprisingly a representative called me a day later. Although they seemed a bit evasive and political in their speech, they did tell me that they use "dap and urea" fertilizer when first planting and right after any "as needed" thinnings. They said that when first planting they use glyphosate (Monosanto's RoundUp) and imazapyr pesticides as part of the "chemical site prep". Other than any thinnings that might go on, they harvest the trees every 25 years in one go and clear cut the area. They replant within 2 years per SFI certification regulations. They said that the current forest hadn't been "touched in years". I googled imazapyr and the adsorption coefficient is low enough for the state of California to declare it to have the potential to contaminate groundwater. It has a half life of 500 days or so. http://www.pesticideinfo.org/Detail_Chemical.jsp?Rec_Id=PC33386#Water It is not 100% clear to me if the pesticides are really only used once every 25 years or not, even though I tried asking that direct question. They kept saying things like "we follow standard forestry practices" etc. I realize that all of the above sounds much better than a neighboring food farm that sprays RoundUp 3 times every single season. I also looked at an organic farm in the Gainsville Florida area on google maps and saw that it was right across the highway from acres of what appeared to be tree farms. So if it is good enough for the organic farm, then perhaps I shouldn't be worried? If the 25-year mark happens in a year or two, and the trees are cut and replanted, I feel that I'll be sitting around wondering how long it is taking for the chemicals to leach into my well. It seems enough of a red flag to just walk away and keep looking. What do others think? Thanks!