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I need help starting a homestead and permaculture landscape on about 5 acres in Alaska. I'm on  serious budget so I'm going to have to compromise.


I've been saving up for a year and can actually afford most of what I need. I would like to know what kind of solar panels I need to power my home that's no where above $2,000. Also need help on what solar refrigerator to get.
I'm still deciding on how I'm going to set up my house, I can't decide between earthbag home or shipping container, if I choose earthbag What would be the best size in sqft to give me the minimal price but being able to store all what I need?
 
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Congrats on saving up and welcome to Permies! You have a lot of good questions.  I think what's best is based on a lot of factors yet unknown to us. I know when we started up there was a cost associated with learning (i.e. finding out we made the wrong decision and have to do something else). The good news is we were saving more so we kept bouncing back faster and faster.

When I make decisions, I try to use the tools from Alan Savory's holistic management decision making (at least how I remember being taught it.)

I suggest inventorying your resources. I.E.  I assume you have land. Do you have dirt? What type? Do you have tools to move the dirt? Do you have snow and ice? Is there permafrost? Do you have trees or shrubs or any on-site foliage? Transportation: what are your options for hauling to and from the site? Seed? Do you have enough to live on and a place to grow it? Water sources? How much snow and wind do you get? How much sun? How close is the closest shipping place where imports and exports can be exchanged? Etc. Answering those will help a lot in answering your questions.
 
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