Hi all, New member here. I am looking at property in Sylva, NC and would like to have a knowledgeable person take a look at it. I am very interested in permaculture and don't want to start things off by making a bunch of mistakes. Any recommendations on consultants in WNC? Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
Welcome Tassie! You've come to the right place to find pre-purchase information. Hopefully, some one will know of a consultant in your area to recommend. In the meantime, do take a look around the forums. A lot of discussion goes on about what to look for and how to evaluate a property in terms of permaculture potential. Jump in and ask questions! Do you have any particular questions or concerns on your mind at the moment?
I don't have a lot of specific questions. I have been muddling my way through learning permaculture basics for years now. This will be the first time I'm buying property with permaculture in mind. I'm not 100% certain how we're going to use the land. Here are some definites: Will need a small dwelling and a barn, grazing/browsing area for goats/steer, garden area, bees, will need to construct a pond (there is a stream on the property). I just don't want to make a significant mistake when purchasing.
I am familiar with the area. It seems nice. You seem to have a pretty good idea of what you are looking for. I have visited a couple of homesteaders both north and south of Brevard. The one big question I have is that are you planning on raising feed for your livestock? The will dictate to a huge degree the amount of land you will need. Also, have selected this area due to employment, or is there another reason. I ask because that area has some pretty pricey land compared to, say, north west Georgia.
Good decisions come from experience. Experience comes from making bad decisions. Mark Twain
We happen to already live here and saw the new listing locally. We have actually been looking in Kentucky, Vermont, TN. We want to find the goldilocks environment: No Tornadoes, hurricanes, Ice storms, oppressive summer heat, not too brutally cold in the winter, low cost land, you know, the usual. I think GA would be too hot.