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Old 01-25-2011, 08:19 PM
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I am looking for ideal places for permaculture living north of SF(up even as far as the CA/OR border). Someplace where I can have five plus acres do some good forest gardening and be without oil(including food products). I want to be away from the big cities, have rain to farm and be somewhat secluded. And finally not too cold. Thank you for your help.
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Old 01-25-2011, 09:31 PM
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So somewhere to grow weed? Humboldt County.
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Old 01-26-2011, 03:44 AM
Location: Sacramento, Placerville
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Irrigation is a requirement during the summer everywhere in California. Rain becomes unpredictable in April, is usually insufficient in May, and doesn't start until the growing season ends.

All locations in Northern California experience freezing temperatures, with the exception along the water from around Marin County and south. It isn't uncommon for San Francisco to have a night in the upper 40s while Walnut Creek 20 miles inland is experiencing frost.

Areas that aren't cold during the winter aren't all that great for growing fruit like peaches, nectarines, plums, etc. That is why they grow them away from the coast. If you are close enough to the coast to have a good moderating effect on keeping winter temperatures mild you are going to be in an area that isn't warm enough for a lot of vegetables, which is why tomatoes are grown in Yolo County instead of Monterrey County.
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Old 01-27-2011, 06:01 PM
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You didn't mention a price range. There are some affordable and remote areas west of Healdsburg between 101 and 1. But for farming I would recommend the Capay Valley, which is between Sacramento and Napa.
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Old 01-09-2012, 02:34 PM
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My wife and I purchased 5 acres east of Palermo, South Butte County for 22 thousand. We were interested in the exact same things as you. We have a year round pond that is fed by a canal. If anything we have too much water. We're at 1000 feet elevation so we don't get snow. We've only owned it since mid last year and this winter hasn't been that cold so not sure if it is fair to judge it by that but it was pretty mild. Cold mornings and night but pretty sunny days. We're pretty isolated and our neighbours have all been pretty nice so far. We just put up a yurt and they were all chill with it! Let us know where you end up and be sure to connect with a local permaculture guild. There's one in Chico and one in Grass Valley.
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