Amen to living off the land..... I tried for 20 years to figure how to live efficiently off my tiny piece of land. What i discovered is the knowledge to do so would take as many years to save enough money to buy the Hugh amount of land(trees for wood etc) and garden space perhaps even for the feed for the animals. So I concluded that helping a local farmer would make as much sense.
Lately I started dated my nephews school friend mother and she wants back to living off the land.. We are even thinking of finding a family or group of people wanting to do the same thing...email me if any one has any ideas please contact me at surviver59@...
. We are currently living in southern Vermont and are looking to move either to a farm or close to one.
> wrote: Walter, thank you for the suggestions & for sharing online so much of
your experiences. I have been accessing your publications for many
months & hope to do some things similar to what you've done. I've
also done alot of online research over the years & have a very good
sense of what I want to do w/ the property but, partly because of its
unique features, believe I need help determining things such as where
best to site a dwelling, which trees must be cut to have adequate
solar, how to legally have the most environmentally benign waste
system(s), if it's economically feasible & wise to have a tree farm
using the 'baby' balsam fir & other trees & which mature trees to keep
for 'parents,' if I have one or more springs, what is the best machine
for maintaining the property (farm tractor, backhoe, ATV, ??) & what I
can do myself & what absolutely must be done by a 'professional?' It
seems to me hiring a person w/ expertise &/or more knowledge than I
have in these areas would be the best way to avoid making costly
mistakes. Also, I'd like be able to occupy the property ASAP & am not
sure the best course to take to accomplish that. Any comments about
any of this would be very appreciated.
As for marrying an adviser: been there, done that, too expensive :-)
Not entirely true; I'd like very much to have a man in my life who
shares my ideas/ideals & is interested in cooperation & sharing.
Altho' not alot of land, it's certainly more than one person needs.
Thank you, Sharon
--- In VermontHomesteaders@yahoogroups.com
, Walter Jeffries
> There are many great resources for free information on the web and in
> books. You can hire someone to figure everything out but that is the
> fun part and it would be quite expensive. As my wife would put it,
> better to marry them. :)
> Take a peek here:
> to read about how we're building our house. Look in the archives of
> this discussion site at:
> For specific things, like say passive solar water heating
> thermosiphons, learn to use Google which puts a wealth of information
> at your finger tips.
> And of course, ask questions and share your experiences here on the
> Walter Jeffries
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