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I have use of 100 acres of raw land; 20 minutes south of Miramichi (Non-Divisible, Not for sale.) I'm looking to gauge interest in the local area for the creation of a small community.
 
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I love New Brunswick! What kind of community do you have in mind?
 
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I haven't given much thought to the type of community; I suppose it would come down to the individuals if they wanted to be dispersed or aggregated, and how that would influence land use. I also don't plan to censor or impose anything on anyone, just that they themselves don't infringe on others; although I do have some baseline assumptions: we're permaculturists, and that we'll keep an eye out to safeguard our common interests (livestock, tools, etc.)
 
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You have my interest so please keep me in the loop.
 
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I will, I'll post status updates here.

Currently I'm working on access; the existing wood's road is impassible to all but a pretty good 4-wheel drive truck or tractor. So I plan to cut another trail, but I'm waiting on a spacing saw to come back in to stock (STHIL FS 560C-EM) to do so. I predict all that i'll get done this year is either a new trail or a widening/ maintenance of the existing trail.

Land Description:
Zone 4b. South-east orientated. Treed and crisscrossed with old grown-in logging roads. South-east orientated NB Power transmission line easement on property (100ft wide x 2000ft long.)  

Water:
There is a spring-fed stream (flowing south-easterly, even during the winter (Feb) following 2020's drought.) There is also ~400ft of river access along the south-west corner of the property. I've not had the water tested. Personally I plan to have a hand pump (spike well) inside my future residence (water quality pending.) The river bottom is flat (shale or slate) so I expect bedrock to be as well. From what i've observed so far the water table is quite high and the land is fairly spongy/boggy in the low parts (I haven't found any standing swamps) so water availability shouldn't be an issue.

Structures:
There is an existing hunting camp on the property, accompanied by a "seen better days" wood shed (needs bracing), The camp's roof is good, exterior OSB is peeling and needs replacing/ upgrading. The windows are very antiquated and non-efficient. The camp is insulated, but due to a leak before the roof was redone there is mold evidence and I have to investigate further. There is a wood stove, suitable for heating, I'd like to upgrade to something that could be used to cook as well or brace the floor and install a RMH (rocket mass heater.) The camp has a kitchen area where the wood stove is, a living room, and a bedroom that can fit two single beds or two bunk beds (single bed size). I am open to remodeling depending on how the community wishes to live, distributed vs aggregated. Although, at this stage, it is useful to note that until others complete a suitable shelter of some sort, the camp would be better utilized in sheltering multiple people.

Planned Improvements for cold months 2021-2022:
Address mold concerns in the camp, and brace the wood shed.
Self-survey the land, identify microclimates, low points, and weather patterns.
Inventory of trees suitable for building lumber

Planned Improvements for warm months 2022:
Clearing space for food production
Soil building cover crop implementation on the NB power easement (vegetation was controlled, so very minimal soil building was done naturally, soil is sandy and lacks organic matter)
Consideration of harvesting building lumber to construct other buildings if needed (if only myself at this point, food establishment is priority. I have alternate housing 40 minutes from site.)

Existing resources:
Small car
Large 4-wheel drive truck
Engine driven stick welder/ generator
30hp 4-wheel drive tractor with bucket & forks; rear attachment tiller, snow blower, and bush mower.
Portable bandsaw mill
4-wheeler
Chainsaws

Prospected resources:
Large heavy duty trailer
Earth mover (ideally a backhoe)
Wood chipper
Spacing saw
Seeds & starters: cover crop, food (vegetables, fruit bushes & trees etc) , trees (landscaping, fuel, and future value)  
 
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This sounds well thought out. Thank you!
 
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Update #1

Access:
Acquired a spacing saw (Husqvarna 555fx), the Sthil product was unavailable.
Begun widening the existing woods' road, and made progress almost to the 5th pole. (Translators note: I measure the land via the hydro-line poles; Pole #1 is at the road, and Pole #7 is at the river where the camp is.) So work begun at the 7th and terminated just before the 5th Pole.

Land Description:
Soil survey data was located for the property; and consists of varying depths (20-100cm) of sandy glaciofluvial material, some over marine clay. Most areas are rated as poorly draining (5-7/8 on the drainage scale), but there is a significant area with better drainage (3/8 ).

Future plans for growing soil:
Ideal growing soil, Loam, is an equal mixture of sand, silt and clay. The soil on the land being primarily sand would need an amendment of clay and silt, as well as a healthy dose of organic matter (future hydro-line growth/forest material) and possibly Ph adjustment. Sources of clay onsite include the layer under the sand, as well as access to a portion of land that is classified as "fine loamy" lodgment till which states it has between 18-35% clay.  

Water:
While working on widening the woods' road, at the 5th, off to the side, a spring was discovered.

Future plans: Separating surface water from the upwelling spring water and testing for potability.  

Structures:
Superficially investigated the mold in the camp; it is dry and inactive. Assuming this is a stable condition, and lacking occupants, addressing the matter is low on my agenda.

Small Structures:
Honey bee swarm traps; up-cycled some offcuts to make 4 hive sized and one smaller trap.

Future plans: Assemble and position swarm traps to assess if wild honey bees are present.
 
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Very interesting. Will you be posting here with progress? Or, is there a better way to stay in the loop?
 
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I have around 36 acres. I have 1 acre lots and a main yard. In development at a fast pace. You can check out my YouTube channel. Glenn Offgrid. I believe a group of like minded can make alot happen. I'm in the Rexton NB. If you are willing to commit to a Offgrid lifestyle. You can contact me. I do Charge $250. Monthly. To offset my taxes. All amenities minutes away. I have a civic #. We are not a cult. We are not trying to leave society. We are developing food forest, permaculture, gardens , animals. Homesteading in general. Self sufficiency. Is key as to where all these distractions are leading. I have all infrastructure tools needed. The rest would depend on you. Rexton NB has lots of work available. So if this is something that would intest you , hit me up. glennie443@gmail.com Ty.
 
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Hi Giri, yes, this forum will be my main avenue of information disbursement.

On that note, Update 1.1, a bite sized update;

Access:
I went to the land today and did some more road work. I finished the cut-back of the small trees & brush from where I left off last time, up to right around the 4th Pole.

Future plans:

Continue widening the road. There is however a complication; the road, beginning at the 4th Pole and continuing to the 1st Pole, is markedly more rutted and filled with water; making it difficult to cut back the sides of the road due to poor footing. I plan to instead cut a 4' path on either side of the road, thus both widening and providing a walking path.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Hi Glenn, thank you for the information on your opportunity, but I am committed to homesteading on the land I have.  

If anyone would like information on my opportunity, please feel free to post any questions : )
 
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sounds so much like what I was going to buy and do south of mirimichi. but it was too much rigamarol for building road.
anyway keep me in the loop, I'm currently near Bathurst but looking for community.
I also have PDC and horticulture instructor and natural health practitioner
 
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Hi Jen, yeah the road is the first hurdle to overcome, my plan at the moment is to cut back the sides of the rutted portions to allow for easier foot access, and my truck can make it once it's a tad wider (we went in only once with the truck and the trees were rubbing the sides and the tire walls.) Once the road has been widened I plan to cut brush, rent a chipper, and fill the ruts with wood chips. Hopefully this helps a bit with the mud, and over time it'll turn to soil I can use for growing, then I'll just replace the excavated soil with fresh wood chips and repeat; a way to stack function in the road I guess.
 
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