Hi Rick; Welcome to Permies!
All right ! Off grid in Wyoming! And its winter!
I hope you have a warm place to stay in.
Think about building wind breaks, maybe hugle beds.
For an orchard I would see what the neighbors have growing.
A few piggys grown to slaughter weight but not kept over the winter is always good.
Drilling a well for your water needs and if off grid then figuring how to pump that water. Wind power comes to mind!
Shade for your animals from the summer heat and buildings with walls for when the wind blows... Does it ever really stop blowing in the high plains?
No matter, it's an adventure! You'll have the time of your life!
Welcome, Rick! And congratulations on your new property; very exciting! I hope you'll join in the various Permies conversations to share your plans and progress. There's a wealth of information here, just begging to be shared.
We can't wait for winter to get over. The first project will be to get the permit from the county for driveway access of the county road. Our property is behind two other properties that we have to cross that are still undeveloped. The owner has already stated that easement is standard and putting in a road along the property border is ok. Otherwise every property owner has to apply for permits from BLM for Right of Way access to their property. Too much hassle there!
Anyway, after that i need to look into how bad the two ravine/gulches are that I need to bridge on the first property before I can go further. I looking at the possibility of semi-trailer beds as a solution. After that the REAL work can begin.
Howdy Rick, Are you from Wyoming or new to the area? Do you have a backhoe to do earthworks? How far are you from Rawlins?
You might want to check out Kani and Lyle's threadHERE They are neighbors and have lots of experience with Wyoming homesteading.
Hi Rick! Welcome to Wyoming! I live off grid in the Big Horn Mountains. I was inspired by your post, so I just joined Permies hoping to connect with others from Wyoming.
I bought this place a couple of years ago and I’m working on turning it into a sustainablepermaculture homestead. I’ll be planting my orchard and garden this spring, and hopefully building an earthbag earth bermed passive solargreenhouse for food production in the winter.
Feel free to reach out if there’s something I can help you with.