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Old 06-30-2010, 01:35 PM
Location: Everywhere
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If you haven't decided yet, don't give up on the idea of Oregon. Not all of Oregon real estate is expensive, and you can pretty much live off the grid anywhere east of the Cascade mountains - we have pretty much every type of environment you can think of (forests, deserts, valleys), or you can live closer to civilization on the western side and be in the fertile, green Willamette Valley.
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Old 05-02-2011, 11:11 AM
Location: Nevada City, CA
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Default self sufficient organic farm

I showed my clients the most amazing property that was for sale last week near Nevada City, CA. It was a 29 acre organic farm that was completely off the grid and extremely private, but not remote. There was an abundance of gravity fed water to irrigate the vineyard and all of the fruit trees and plants as well as supply water to the house and indoor lap pool. They also had used a concrete unused freeway underpass which was excavated into the hillside for their winery. The property had 3 homes and 2 seasonal cabins that were powered with a 24k diesel generator. It sure seemed like a great place for anyone who wanted to be self sufficient. I think No Ca would be an excellent location.
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Old 05-29-2011, 02:43 PM
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I am in Scotland right now but prefer to live in New Zealand, if you feel so inclined NZ is perfect for living off the land, great climate, enough rain and superb way of life ! You all seem to be in America but if you would consider moving country NZ would be a good bet !

Good Luck in your search !

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Old 05-29-2011, 08:10 PM
Location: Pacific NW
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Nice places, but is there a possibility for starting a successful business? I recently read that the unemployment rate in OR was currently 18%! Unemployed people don't go out to eat in restaurants very often.....
The most pervasive "fad" in the Portland restaurant world are food carts. Start up in a drop in the bucket compared to a physical location. Several carts have been so successful, they've opened physical locations, as well as keeping the cart.

Here's a great web page about them.
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Old 04-12-2012, 11:19 AM
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I know this thread has been dormant for awhile, but rather than start a new thread, I thought I'd ressurect this one. Here's my situation:

My mom is getting older (70) and after she passes away I'll probably get a decent inheritence - probably around $200K, but I'm not sure yet.

Over the past several years I've tried to read and understand as much about industrial civilization as I can. The more I learn and understand, the more contemptuous I am, and the more convinced I am that our society is irredeeamable and indefensible. The basis for industrial civilizaton seems inherently exploitative and destructive, and I'd like to extricate myself from it as much as possible.

Basically, I just want to live as simply as I can and focus on what's really important: healthy, preferably wild food; leisure and recreation, etc. If possible, I'd like to do this without owning land; I'd like to have access to public and/or shared land where I can forage food, hunt, and fish.

If necessary, I will consider buying a few acres of undeveloped land, but would prefer to have minimal agriculture, and would like to live off wild foods as much as possible. I don't have a definite area/region in mind, but would prefer an area with ample wild food available year-round.

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Hawaii isnt an option. I want some place kinda off the map, very private and not stuck on an island..lol Not to mention I think Hawaii is a rip off to have to spend that much on land.. I want the simple life.
I agree that owning land in HI is prohibitively expensive for many of us, but I've heard stories about people who essentially 'squat' in undeveloped areas of the Big Island, and live off the fruit, fish, and wild pigs, and other ample wild foods. Is this possible, or just urban an urban legend?

Any and all constructive suggestions are appreciated.
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