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Old 06-30-2016, 06:04 AM
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This is my first post on here, but I have been browsing for years. I currently reside in a socialist compound in the back country of Idaho, where I have been for the past 10 years. I have decided it might be time for a little more privacy, but I still want to live a communal style life and heard Brattleboro might be good for me.

I am a vegan, Wicca, lesbian, socialist communitarian. As I believe the internal combustion engine should be banned, I would like to be able to ride my bike year-round. Would the weather in Brattleboro allow this? Are there any alternative medical providers? I do not believe in pharmaceutical medicine.

I will be bringing my little family-3 dogs and 7 cats along. I'd also like to be in town, but want to make sure I can have chickens and goats in my yard.

Are guns a problem? Until we can ban them, I know we have to deal with people with guns, but I would prefer not to deal with them.

I have to think about my budget. I do not participate in the capitalist work system, so I do not have much money. I make pipes and sell them to get by and plan to sell eggs, too.

Any help would also be appreciated!


Doraldeen Lichenbadem

Old 06-30-2016, 07:47 AM
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Originally Posted by doraldeenlichenbadem View Post
Would the weather in Brattleboro allow this?
It would be very difficult. Possible. But very difficult.
Old 06-30-2016, 09:34 AM
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Brattleboro would be perfect.
Old 06-30-2016, 10:10 AM
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This has to be a joke!
Old 06-30-2016, 11:04 AM
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You can ride almost all the time with the correct bicycle, at some point walking just becomes more practical or safer ...
Old 06-30-2016, 11:05 AM
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Do you think I would be able to get by just on a wood stove? I prefer not to use too much coal or fuel oil.
Old 06-30-2016, 12:03 PM
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People have gotten by with wood stoves as their sole source of heat here for a couple of centuries. Wood tends to be priced according to the price of fuel oil. One cord provides the equivalent of about 100 gallons. If you have a couple of months free every year, you can do your own really cheaply. I think you'll love Brattleboro!
Old 06-30-2016, 12:05 PM
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Thank you everyone for your comments. Not sure what the joke comment means though?! I've wanted to adopt two children for years now and think it might be the right time. I plan to raise them in a gender non-conforming setting. Will the schools and community take well to this?
Old 06-30-2016, 04:22 PM
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Brattleboro meets most of your needs. It's one of the most progressive and accepting communities in one of the most progressive and accepting states in the country, so most of your concerns aren't likely to be too much of a problem here. "Vegan, Wicca, lesbian, socialist communitarian" is pretty mainstream in Vermont.

I suspect you will be able to have your chickens in Brattleboro, since they're something of a fad here in Vermont. Goats? I don't know.

I'm not sure what you mean about having to "deal with" people with guns. Although many people in Vermont are hunters, and Vermont has almost no regulation of firearms, it's pretty unusual to encounter people who are openly carrying firearms in public. And by "unusual" I mean I've never seen it in 33 years of living here. During deer season it's not unusual to see people driving with a deer carcass on their car or truck, and I know that can be upsetting to some people.

Lots of people in Vermont heat with wood, although it can be a chore to deal with the lugging, splitting, stacking, disposing of the ashes, and all the other work of heating with wood. I haven't done it in some time so I'm not familiar with whatever new regulations might exist for wood stoves or furnaces.

Alternative medical providers? They're pretty thick on the ground in Montpelier, and I would venture to guess that the same is probably true in Brattleboro.

There are some points in your message that might be more of a concern.

The first one is money. It's not cheap to live here, and especially if you want to live right in town it might be hard to make it on pipes and eggs. (Not to mention the fact that a commercial egg operation may take more land than you can easily find in town.)

The second is weather. I know people who ride their bikes year-round, but it's not easy when the snow piles up or turns to ice. Not saying it can't be done, but as with the wood situation, it's one more challenge.

The last question that I think would be quite difficult, if not completely inconsistent with what you want, is your desire for more privacy. It's hard to believe that you will find more privacy living in town in Brattleboro than you do in the back country of Idaho. If you look at Brattleboro in Google Street View you will see that the houses are pretty close together and the downtown is pretty compact. It may not be possible to reconcile this without sacrificing something you want.

I hope this helps.
Old 06-30-2016, 04:40 PM
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Thank you. By privacy, I mean my own place. Now, I live with 54 other people, sharing everything and in a nude environment 1/3 of the year.

I think I could handle the wood, as I'm a pretty stout woman at 350 ibs. We do our own wood hauling here at the compound now.
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