While looking out over one of America’s national parks, Teddy Roosevelt said, “It was here that the romance of my life began.” The parks can have that effect on people. And a sort of modern-day homesteading program in Ohio will actually let you find your own romance by living there full-time. The only catch: You have to join the local food movement in a serious way. The Countryside Conservancy will hand out three leases for land in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in northeastern Ohio this year—a lesser-known national park, to be sure, but breathtaking nonetheless. Don’t believe us? Check out the picture of Cuyahoga's Brandywine Falls and try not to be impressed.
In exchange for the leases, new park residents will have to rehab some old, existing farmhouses and work the land.