AG-5, what does that mean?
It means that the land has been zoned Agricultural and that the county requires the owner to dedicate 51% of the Land to Agricultural usage.
Ok, so what is agricultural usage?
It can be a variety of things. An orchard of citrus trees, coffee trees, a herd of sheep or goats used to maintain pasture growth. New ideas for agriculture are constantly emerging. Cacao, sugar cane, tea, lavender farms, dragon fruit orchards even bee hives and honey farms are popping up all over West Hawaii. The key is to identify your climate, rain fall, and the amount of work you want to do.
Another option is to become a "Gentleman farmer".This means you have a local farmer manage and care for your agriculture. In turn the farmer takes a certain percentage of your product and profit and the owner benefits from their expertise, market connections, and labor force of the farmer. Consult a real estate professional who deals with land to help make these connections.
New trends are being seen nationally of people from the countryside to dense urban cities going green by creating sustainable, self sufficient home environments. The end result is fresh, organic produce, pride of ownership and a feeling of security knowing that you are in control of your future well being.
A quick review of the pre-european contact in Hawaiian history shows that Hawaiians were masters of cultivating the land and providing enough sustenance to independently feed the thousands of family's that lived here. Additionally,today we have the benefit of new agricultural methods that have improved since that time. Hawaii offers an ideal climate for year round farming.
So perhaps it would be very worthwhile to consider a different answer to the question above and ask what it CAN mean to live on agricultural land?
Where can I find Ag Lands in Hawaii?
Contact someone who knows agriculture and land. Rick Vidgen, previous president of the largest Macadamia Nut Farm in the world, Mac Farms(located on the Big Island), has extensive agricultural and real estate knowledge. Together with Vicky Carlson who also lives on AG land, a wealth of knowledge. can be shared. We invite you to see how living on agricultural land can positively affect your lifestyle,environment and future well being. Somewhere in Hawaii there is a place for you to cultivate your dream. Learn more at www.konauplands.com .