It Was A New DealMonday, January 04, 2010
Around the US, there were 43 New Deal Homestead projects, and three of them are in Alabama: Gee's Bend / Boykin, The Cahaba Project / Slagheap Village in Trussville, and Cumberland Mountain Farms / Skyline Farms.
In November, we were in Skyline, Alabama where the Skyline Farms project was. The idea was that people would receive their own farm (40-60 acres) with a home and farming equipment, repaying the government with the proceeds from their crops or industry (there was a hosiery factory that failed) and in the end, of the 181 farms, only *two* were ever able to outright purchase their farms. Everything else was liquidated and sold to private buyers.
A list of other New Deal homesteading communities in the US is here.