Barbara Greene wrote:We settled in the Okanogan, near Tonasket WA, which is east of a few mountains from Twisp. (About 1.5 hrs drive between the two). I think Twisp is beautiful, but it seems cooler in climate and thus more snow. Tonasket area has some permies, most notable is Michael Pilarski (Skeeter) of Friends of the Trees. Interested people here have started a loosely organized Permaculture Study Group to help each other learn together and help each other out on projects. This area was more affordable in land prices as well. BTW we also looked at Enterprise and Joseph areas, both beautiful and abundant rainfall too, several of the folks we met that the farmer's market seemed into Permaculture, they had Joel Salatin speaking at a workshop the day we were passing through!! So, keep working at it and you will find what you need and good luck!
J W Richardson wrote:Hi Rusty, did you settle on anything? I lived in the Joseph Enterprise area for a few years. It's so beautiful but the main valley is a little cold for growing the full array, or at least it used to be. It's also as you have probably seen fairly expensive for land and also taxes (state). I'm currently in Council ID, southeast and across the Snake.
J W Richardson wrote:Ahh, Council... I looked at your site and you are around Twin Falls? It seems more mixed up here. The land prices are right - the zoning in Oregon is much tighter and results in a real shortage of small rural acreages at a reasonable price.
Here it seems that there are a lot of eccentric types - for example, tea partiers holding workshops for reiki work on their horses - mixing that comes about in small areas where one is kind of forced to intersocialize.
I raised my child here and he went on to go to Reed College, a friend's went to Hampshire, (both are schools that have a 'needs blind' admission policy) . The school is poor but the community involvement is high.