Guide to Finding Free Land for Homesteading

Yes, we know it sounds crazy but you can get free land to build your homestead on! (In fact, you can even learn how to start a homestead with no money).

And we’re going to show you exactly how to go about doing it. 

Now, this doesn’t mean that you won’t need any funds to make it work, but once you’ve gone through the process – you will have at least as much (if not more) money than you started with!

The Easiest Way To Get Free Land

There are certain areas in the United States that offer a homesteading package where you complete an application and if they like what they see, you get free land!

Though it is, of course, worth noting that you are required to develop that land – you can’t just get the land and keep it without doing anything with it. 

free land

Before you get started on that, we’d recommend reading our guide to homesteading, checking out a few homesteading blogs and working out what the best states for homesteading are. 

Then you can start applying for some land. Here are some places that you might want to try, but please note, this isn’t an exhaustive list – you can ask around on homesteader’s forums for more tips. 

  1. Lincoln, Kansas
  2. New Richland, Minnesota
  3. Mankato, Kansas
  4. Plainville, Kansas
  5. Curtis, Nebraska
  6. Elwood, Nebraska
  7. Loup City, Nebraska

The More Complicated Way To Free Land For Homesteading

This isn’t as easy as filling in an application form and being given some land but it’s not that hard either and you can use this process anywhere, you don’t need to be in a state or area giving out freebies. 

Kenny and Fran Brown shared this process with Mother Earth News. 

The way it works is to identify a package of land that’s of a decent size and includes “prime farmland” and “worthless” land which may include land that’s harder to farm (so big business doesn’t want it), farm buildings, woodland, etc.

Worthless = Free!

That “worthless” land? That’s your free land. It’s ideal for homesteading. 

You’ll still be able to grow food and forage for more but it’s no use to a farm because it’s not easy enough to grow large quantities on. 


So, what you do is buy the land (yes, you will need money for this – though you can use a downpayment and payment plan to spread out the cost). 

Then you rent the “prime farmland” to another farmer. 

If you structure this right, the rent over a few years will cover the monthly payments on your plan.

Free Land Or Even Better!

And if the farmer finds the “prime farmland” valuable, when the lease expires they will, almost certainly, offer to buy the land from you and by then? 

It will be worth more than you put down as a down payment, in fact, it might be worth a lot more than the down payment. 

That means you get the “worthless” land (and potentially any buildings or amenities on it) effectively for free and there’s even the possibility of turning a profit on the deal!

Final Thoughts On Guide to Finding Free Land for Homesteading 

Yes, as crazy at it sounds, it’s easy to find free land for homesteading.

In fact, if you have a little cash to invest, you might even be able to get paid to take the land away!

So, if you’ve been thinking about getting into homesteading, there’s never been a better time to do it than now!


  1. Me and my kids are interested in finding out more about this free land please and need help processing paperwork 3525121004 if I don’t have ur phone number leave me a detailed message I’ll call you back

  2. I would love to own land to grow a garden and raise chickens,so I would like the application if possible and would love for it to be in Missouri if possible.

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