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Old 12-27-2009, 02:10 PM
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I'm looking for 4 or 5 acres. Could probably do with 1 or 2 if it's a nice place. But the cost can't exceed $10K.

I'm wanting to live "off the grid". I'll be making my own little cabin or haybale hut. Power lines and phone won't be necessary. I'll want some bit of electricity and a satellite for connecting to the Net, since that'll be my source of income -- maybe a couple hundred bucks a month, whatever it takes to pay whatever connections to the government that I can't cut. It'd be preferred to make the electricity myself, no need to pipe it in from the outside world.

Water and gardening will be important. I was thinking if the precipitation is enough, I could cache it. A small inexpensive well for dry months. I don't want to spend thousands drilling hundreds of feet hoping to hit something though. $10,000 probably is the MOST I'm going to be able to scratch together, and thereafter I'm [quite voluntarily] a bum with maybe a couple hundred coming in off the Net. Or, I might grow a small crop to sell for whatever money I might need.

I'd prefer it's not barren scrub desert. I grew up around green. But I can do with a slightly desert place, so long as there are some trees and it's not completely flat and has some variety of wildlife. Sunshine is important to me, I get SAD (seasonal affective disorder) in prolonged gray wet and cold weather. So, neither too hot nor too cold, nor too dry nor too wet.

And I have no idea where in the country I'd most like to live. Any place where I might find what I'm describing. Relatively isolated, but some distant neighbors. I'm a total luddite. I'd rather live like a self-reliant pioneer of a hundred or more years ago than like a work-a-day citizen with bills, rent, tv, phone. My main connections will be 1) maybe once a month walk, drive or hitch a ride to some nearby small town for that occasional bit of society, and 2) the internet, for doing some trading to raise whatever taxes and bit of money for what food I can't grow and occasional supplies.

Anyone with ideas of where I might look for something like what I'm describing?
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Old 12-27-2009, 06:00 PM
Location: Town of Herndon/DC Metro
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Western Kansas, Northern Nebraska, The Dakotas, parts of rural Northwest. Weather you will need to be more flexible on. Its the Internet that may be difficult.
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Old 12-27-2009, 07:34 PM
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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Southeast Arizona. Cochise county. High grasslands with desert type vegetation without extreme heat. Interspersed with 9,000 ft. mountain peaks covered in conifer forest. Enough rain to grow food. Enough sunshine and mild temps for two growing seasons. No cities nearby, though Tucson close enough. Area of Native American, Mexican/Spanish, American culture fusion. Also unique for being a meeting place of Central American, Rocky Mountain, Sonoran Desert, and Chihuahuan Desert flora/fauna. Jaguar sightings in area.
Another perk, in my opinion, is you get a decent mix of the borderland libertarian minutemen vibe with the Tucson liberal nature lover scene.
Check out Native Seed SEARCH in Tucson on 4th Ave. They have a web site as I remember. They've collected Indian and Mexican varieties of seeds of food plants that are domesticated/adapted to the Southwest(very important for gardening in the Southwest). 98% sure they can direct you to literature about Native rainwater harvesting techniques. SW Indians have been experts for thousands of yrs.
The Southwest(AZ and NM) is where it's at as far as unique beauty, a tradition of independent minded people, and laws that favor the owner of the land(or so I've been told all my life having grown up here.)
Good Luck.
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