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Hello everyone. I'm John currently living in Tempe, AZ. I'm 62, in relatively good shape looking for companionship and friends. I love the outdoors, enjoy fishing, don't hunt anymore but if it came to needing to eat that would not be an issue for me. Hope all are enjoying their lives in this covid mess as best they can. Hope to meet some of you and see where this ride takes us.
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Greetings John.  Welcome to Permies!  I was out your way a week or so ago, enjoying some of the warmer weather and hiking a bit on South Mountain.  I'm back in my land of snow and ice now though here in MI!  
 
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Welcome to Permies, John! You've come to a great forum to meet people and share like interests. Do you do any gardening?
 
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Hello to those that have welcomed me and thank you so much for the response! Seems like an amazing group we have here. I have lived all over the USA because my Father was in the Military and we moved sometimes twice a year to his posts of duty. Not a fun life for a kid but you learn things others never do in a life time. Okay here goes, Yes, I do like to garden, yes, I do know how to live off the land successfully year round in both cold and warm climates. My Father was Special Forces and he taught us things that very few people would approve of about surviving and being able to protect and defend. He was a rare man and I miss him every day. I was taught how to build any house from the ground up including electrical, plumbing, heating, cooling and all things in between. My Dad, no matter where we went, ALWAYS made us grow a garden. Not just a small little patch either. He had to have a Huge garden or he was not happy. lol As kids we hated it but the knowledge that I now have I owe to him! He showed us wild "weeds" that will actually sustain you and even how to harvest wild grains to make porridge or to grind the seeds to flour using two rocks. So yes, I am well versed in the art of homesteading. I helped build log cabins as a young man and have done countless hours of masonry work along with straw bale building, earth coil building, adobe and many others. Some conventional and others not so much. lol Made some pretty creative shelters for a friend living outside of Deming, New Mexico. I can do pretty much anything I need to do to survive from growing my own food to harvesting what needs to be harvested be it by trap, snare, hunting, fishing what ever the requirement I understand the need and have the knowledge to do so. I am 62, retired, have 5 grown children, no, I am not involved with anyone and yes I would consider a homestead with the right person. First and foremost, here are a few tips you should keep in mind if you are planning to continue in this lifestyle. 1. Water is the single most important thing you should consider. 2. Climate is the second most important consideration. What can you grow, how long can you grow it how much time do you have to do so. 3. Terrain is critical. Hard to grow anything on a cliff face. There are many acres of land for sale at a very inexpensive price that are that ways because they are nearly vertical. Look before you buy! 4. What ever time you think things are going to take, TRIPLE it!! Day to day living has a way of changing what you thought you were going to do when you got up in the morning. 5. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!! If you are not healthy and are not prepared to do what is needed how do you plan on doing what you intend? No one plans to fail, they fail to plan. Just a little more about me. Hope this answered all the questions I got from you. Ya'll take care now, hear!! John
 
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