Ben Gorski wrote:James really nice place you have seems like pleanty of land and water...hopefully clean spring water...?
Alan Watts..yup that'll do it. "only if the game is worth the candle"..
I really enjoy this land; it has become extremely sentimental to me, especially as I learn more of its story. I do have spring water on this property. I drank it straight from the source throughout my childhood and teenage years. However, I’ve become a little more cautious as time goes on, and I now filter it through a berkey filter.
One spring on this land has a tremendous flow rate60-100gpm. I suppose this can be viewed negatively or positively. I believe I have located a total of 8 springs on this land. I have played around with a ram pump and managed to deliver 1/4gpm to the highest elevation out here, though it isn’t sustainable without a better pump/more “hands on deck” during setup. Admittedly rainwater catchment is probably the simplest solution for plumbing. And we get 40-70”/year here. Avg.50ish inches.
I’m loving that other people are digging the Alan Watts reference. I’m certain that I can get on with anyone who finds some entertainment (or more)in his words. City life is certainly not worth the candle. I’ve also learned that the hard way; a “bought” lesson as some people would say.
As for the climate (and yes I was referring to weather in that message) NE MS is prone to the extreme heat and humidity that the rest of the state/southeast is familiar with. We are also prone to random bouts of winter weather. Summer heat and humidity would be my biggest complaint...though it could be viewed as sultry, it is sometimes oppressive. This can largely be mitigated IMO by planned activities and a body of water to seek solace in; hence my plans to rebuild our lake. If I were to “cherry pick” the perfect climate for myself I would probably land somewhere further north in Appalachia. Eastern TN/SW VA. That area has slightly more mild summers and more evenly spaced rainfall throughout the summer months.
I DO think this property is adaptable and capable of handling lots of people. In fact, I think lots of people *could* really make this land sing. Of course, I have come to realize how important a certain level of privacy is and I would want to ensure that for myself/ family and future inhabitants.
As for social climate, there are certainly people around here who share a similar vision. They aren’t the majority, though are they anywhere? This is mostly raw land however and too big of a leap for most people to take. I can reasonably access utilities if necessary for future inhabitants, but it’s difficult for many to see the potential.
And the food: last year was my first full garden. Without irrigation I grew more tomatoes than I could eat, many sweet potatoes, peas, beans, and the most delicious muskmelons. I tend to focus more on the woods than I do in the garden. From the woods I harvest berries, chanterelles, a few morels, oyster mushrooms, occasional lions mane and the star of the show currently—venison. Most of my calories come from my laying hens and the venison that stuffs my freezer. I’m working towards planting many thousands of chestnut trees and other mast bearing trees in an alley cropping/silvopasture grazing setup. I think this supports wildlife, livestock, and has the potential for being food for humans should those fail. I do see ethically raised/hunted meat as an essential component of a human diet, but I don’t disparage those who see differently.
On to you and your wife and the scope of my thoughts for the future....I don’t think that can be summed up very well over a keyboard, so I’ll send you a PM and we can go from there; I just thought the rest of this might be valuable info for people who might want to engage with me in similar conversations. Thank you for encouraging me to flesh out some of my ideas with your questions. I hope you and your wife land in a place that lets you live out your full potential.