I'm new to the world of natural and sustainable living. I came across cob houses about a year ago and now I'm 25 and finishing my last round of college. And although I'm young and not 100% informed, I know I want to live off the grid, but semi close to the city for emergency runs and cross country transportation. I currently live in Texas near the Dallas area. I'm on here because ultimately I want to live somewhere that will allow for me grow to grow vegetables, harvest grains and maybe have a cow or a chicken or two...basically feed myself and family sustainably, build a good size cob house for a small family of 3-5, with solar power or another eco-friendly energy source and be surrounded by nature. I know becoming knowledgeable about these things, the planning of land acquirement, planning the structure and details of the house and the actual building of a cob house takes a lot of time. So I want to begin this journey as early as possible...like NOW! I'm just so bogged down with all the websites, videos and books that I'm unsure where to start for any of it.
So If anyone has any helpful tips on which book to read first, how to go about picking the most fertile soil in the U.S. where I can come as close to being able to grow year round, building codes, gardening books, if I should attend workshops for gardening and/or cob building or not, and every and anything else that would help me to take the first step in becoming an expert in sustainable living would be greatly appreciated.
A day job? In an office? My worst nightmare! Comfort me tiny ad!