Belizo Homestead Policy:

Established in 397 by Belizo's founding father Sir Charles Stelton, the Homestead policy offers any able farmer free land. The only stipulation is that you must nuture for terra-forming purposes as much land as you harvest from. Different sized homestead packages were available for farmers with different capabilities. A typical package might include 200 acres for a farmer who had a small tractor, and some basic equipment. The farmer would then use 100 acres for farming for sustinance, and for crop resale for income. The other 100 acres would be sewn with terra-forming crops, and left unutilized. Depending on the status of the terra-forming the two plots might be switched, and terra-forming would be performed on the plot which had been used for harvesting.

The nurturing process was heavily supported initially by the BCC, and then by the Belizo government. All seeds, fertilizer, fuel, and other expenses for the nuture plot were covered. Additionally farmers could call in farming consultants who would help plan the growth of both the nuture plot and the cash plot. All such consulting was free. Additionally local colleges offered courses in farming, and all such courses were free. Many people have taken advantage of this to earn full college degrees.

The responsibility for nuturing land on Belizo is rarely seen as a burden. As has been stated Belizens are almost fanatical about their terra-forming responsibilities. Since almost all expenses for their nurture plots are covered the only thing required is the labor. Furthermore, since most of the terra-forming species are perennial the nuture plot is frequently low-maintenance. New species might be introduced only once or twice in a century. Frequently the only real work is weeding out non-terra-forming species, and since most of the terra-forming species are genetically engineered these plants are fairly hardy anyway, so weeding is usually not terribly demanding.

Most nuture plans are provided by the government consultants, but the farmers have input too. Most farmers are community minded, and coordinate their nurture plots with other surrounding farmers. Not uncommonly if a particular nuture plot needed to be reseeded, or heavily weeded, or had some other labor-intensive task, local farmers would help out with the work.

All said the homestead policy is an excellent deal, and the program has been extremely successful. The only caveat is there is a background check to make sure the potential terra-form farmer isn't a criminal, and of course, there is the atmosphere. Many naive homesteaders have come to Belizo, only to either turn around immediately upon smelling the air, or to give up after trying for a few weeks. Those that stay feel these early desertions are all the better to weed out the non-true Belizens. And for those that learn to cope they find that dealing with the atmosphere is not as bad as it might first seem. Native Belizens don't even think about it (though, of course, everyone is diligent about air filters).