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We are looking to buy some land in NW Missouri soon, and I was wondering if there were any permies in that area or have thought about relocating up that way? We are land shopping in Harrison County, and have been considering 20-40 acre plots with an existing home. (Wife isn’t sold on a wofati/Oehler style house yet... but, she agrees water, trees and slope are the main interests.

We’ve got two kids and would like to meet others in the area, and after getting moved in we’d like to find a few others of like mind. Maybe they have an RV? I’d hope we could find a couple more folks, even better if they had kids, that would want to plant and build hugelkultur beds, raise animals in a humane and ethical way, build relationships, etc.

Ideal folks probably would be more brown permie types, okay working with and eating animals, guns and hunting, growies, natural building, minimal government, homeschooling. If we could find a Missouri version of Paul Wheaton that’d be awesome! Or Sepp, or Joel Salatin, or folks that are learning and growing along those types of paths. We don’t mind some adult beverages at times, but don’t want smokers of either tobacco or anything else. I don’t mind if others do that, but not around us please.

Some of our long term goals include gardens, maybe a few cows or sheep, chickens and guineas, silvopasture, round wood building and hopefully that wofati. Open to meeting others with different dreams and maybe adding some of them in too!

PM me if interested in chatting more. Hoping to buy land this spring/summer and get started!
 
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Hello Leif,

I've been interested in NW Arkansas and SW Missouri but I've been broadening my search further north.  I'm currently in Southern Illinois and downsizing to sell my home here.  One aspect of buying land I found is to be sure that local codes are favorable to your permi plans,  Some jurisdictions contact may not align with permies ideas. I would be happy to share ideas and finds as I search.  Feel free to contact me any time.
 
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Hiya R,

We have actually moved to Eagleville, MO just about 6 miles South of the Iowa state line and this town of 308 seems very permie friendly to me! Freedom is abundant here, no masks, friendly people, the K-12 school has about 200 kids and never masked last year. No building codes in Harrison County either… and my neighbors are mostly grass farmers, goat, pig and cow ranchers and Amish. So, plenty of raw milk available, fresh eggs, and folks who can do plenty. Wish we had been able to move here 10 years ago.

No other permies around that I have met, well, within 20-30 miles yet, but folks are pretty much live and let live. The new sheriff apparently is a young guy and from what I have heard won’t enforce any masking BS, approves of constitutional carry, etc. My wife and kids all love the place too, making friends and working to be part of the community. I’m just glad that no one feels like they want to tell me what I can or can’t do on my property. May be another year or two until we get cows but the property is fenced already!

Be glad to chat. Lots of small communities out this way!

Leif
 
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This sounds like the life start I'm looking for. Are you seeking any land help? I can support myself if I can tent, or make a living space. I have life references, but not any experience yet, just waiting for my opportunity.
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Hey y'all. We recently re-located to N Central MO from Ohio. We're in the Trenton area, and looking for permie friends too! The more the merrier! Just getting out little piece of heaven started!
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Lena Diehl wrote:Hey y'all. We recently re-located to N Central MO from Ohio. We're in the Trenton area, and looking for permie friends too! The more the merrier! Just getting out little piece of heaven started!
Lena



Hi there Lena! I think you are maybe an hour East of us at a guess, maybe less? A couple of permie minded folks out this way… a lot of Amish around here too. We’ve found them to be friendly and open minded, and interested in ideas like rocket mass heaters. My friend, Eli, says he burns usually 10 wagonloads of wood a winter! I’m working on him…
 
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Hey Leif,
Nice to meet you! Wow 10 wagon loads of wood, yikes! Were on electricity thus far, but I want to build a rocket mass stove soon...my husband isn't into it. BUt thats ok, after he he sees how good it works he will be! I'm loving it here so far, folks are friendly, and kind. Still trying to get settled, and plan out my gardens and such.
Happy Holidays!
 
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Lena Diehl wrote:Hey Leif,
Nice to meet you! Wow 10 wagon loads of wood, yikes! Were on electricity thus far, but I want to build a rocket mass stove soon...my husband isn't into it. BUt thats ok, after he he sees how good it works he will be! I'm loving it here so far, folks are friendly, and kind. Still trying to get settled, and plan out my gardens and such.
Happy Holidays!



Going over to Eli's house today since I am home. He stopped by yesterday, and now I have his address! He told my wife that he heard we are looking to try rabbit before starting to breed them for food, and he has some and can process them too. So, I think I may get a chance to learn to process them too. I hope I can see his setup for heating... am curious about how the Amish heat their house.

As far as RMH supplies, I now have a 24" x 50' roll of the Morgan Superwool, and Sunday I am going to pickup 140 of the dense firebricks, that were overbought by a guy who had a fancy outdoor patio oven/fireplace. Looks like our 31 acres has some sand in the creek, now that a friend brought his Gator over and we really explored the land. Haven't found clay yet, nor really explored much for it. Being a trucker has financial benefits, but cuts way back on time for projects! I think if we can get an RMH up and running though, I am hoping to convert some of the Amish in the area to more efficient wood burners too...

Have a Happy New Year!
 
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We are a family of 5 just on the east side of Kansas city.  We are looking at getting some Land in the Kansas city MO area and doin an aircrete house around 2000sq/ft. I was raise on a farm and my wife has a green thumb. Would love to meet up with yall if you are up for it.
 
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We really like MO for the homestead freedom!
 
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G Brent wrote:We are a family of 5 just on the east side of Kansas city.  We are looking at getting some Land in the Kansas city MO area and doin an aircrete house around 2000sq/ft. I was raise on a farm and my wife has a green thumb. Would love to meet up with yall if you are up for it.



That sounds good to me, will discuss it with the wife as I should be home for a couple days here shortly. Time to get together is in rather short supply right now, hoping things will calm down a bit in late April. Planning to take a week off work then for my twins birthday.

We’ve found a great community up here in Eagleville, about 100 miles North… plenty of Amish, farmers, ranchers, and other blue collar folk that look out for each other. I’d really like to see (help out on if possible) an aircrete home… my dream of an Oehler style/wofati hasn’t changed, but my wife wants a more conventional style home. So, I think we will be building a slab home with radiant heated floors and icf walls. We may not use the radiant floors though, as she has already okayed a RMH for the living room.

I dislike using so much concrete, but we DO need a storm/tornado shelter, and this way the entire house qualifies. Planning to put in off grid solar with nickel iron batteries, and a cistern to catch water off the metal roof plus a septic system.

With all that, my goal of a $50 style house and a willow feeder is getting pushed back. I do want a happy wife though, and she has changed or given up many things too.

How old are your kids? Ours are almost 10 and involved in 4H, church, and the government schools up here in a small town are totally different from the PC schools in the KC metro area. Never did masks or shots, kids sit side by side in the halls… so much nicer than the atmosphere in KC was getting to be! BTW, my wife has some experience from helping her grandma as a girl, processing chickens, cooking in an Adobe outdoor oven, etc.

I’d be happy to stay in touch and see what we can arrange. I’ll send you a PM with my cell number, as a trucker though I often work odd schedules, FYI.

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