Mark Anderson wrote:My grandmother has a large ranch in the Missouri Ozarks about 40 miles south of Springfield; growing up I visited many times in all seasons. Spring is nice, and Fall too... but the summers are hell. There are poisonous snakes like copperheads, water moccasins, rattlers.. there are millions of hungry ticks that carry diseases, the chiggers will drive you insane with itching, the mosquitos can drain you dry in minutes and also carry diseases, rabies is still a problem there; one old woman I met had a rabid fox come up behind and bite her leg, they have lots of tornados, there are many places where if you take a wrong turn and end up near someone's meth lab they will shoot first or release pit bulls, the first thing people ask when they meet you is what church you are in, these folks think the planet is only 6,000 years old and that evolution is a made up story. If you're a right wing religious conservative, then you will probably like it. There are a few ecovillage communities such as Dancing Rabit which is in the northeast plains area of the state and East Wind which is in the Ozarks near the Arkansas border. I would recommend going to East Wind and staying for a while to see if you really want to live in a climate that's like being in a sauna 24/7. I'm in the Pacific Northwest which has a mild maritime climate perfect for gardening and there are many areas where you can find inexpensive property... as long as you get far enough away from the Seattle metro area; my biggest problem with this climate are the cold wet dark winters. Mason county on the southeast side of the Olympic Peninsula has lots of woodland acreage for sell, they have fewer restrictions too. I knew a lady who built a hidden strawbale cottage in the woods without permits, she put an r.v. space near the road for the county to see and built her home gorilla style, back in the woods. Bellingham has a thriving alternative lifestyle community and they really support each other. I live on an island in the Puget Sound now, but will be looking to buy a few acres later on where I can build my own off grid, non-permitted, small, earth bermed geodesic dome home. Most people I know who are from the west coast can't handle the Ozarks because of cultural differences and the climate, most of my relatives who have left the Ozarks and moved to the west coast may have nostalgia for MO but would rather not move back, ever. Check the Windemere real estate site, they have an interactive map and a good search program which allows you to zero in on what you want, you can also save your searches if you register to the site and it's all free of charge.
Deb Stephens wrote:Oh, I almost forgot... Yes we do have a lot of tornadoes, but that is why we also mostly all have root cellars in the country. You can find a work around for a tornado -- not so for earthquakes and volcanic eruptions like you get in the pacific NW. Domes work well too.
Christian McMahon wrote:I want to run a still for ethanol. I want to grow hemp for 50 thousand products it makes. Where do I move? Canada?