Venkat Raman wrote:I am looking to buy land and am considering the following locations. I am hoping to get advice so that I can zero in on a location and focus my search. I am a big fan of do-nothing farming and am looking to build and live on a self-sustaining ecosystem that may have strong elements of a forest.
Here are some of the criteria that have driven my search till now:
- Good weather (The more sunny and warm days in the year, the better)
- Relatively inexpensive land
- Spiritually-aware community and concentration of permies a plus.
- Proximity to my current location (SF bay area)
- Ease of growing food/trees and ease of raising Chickens, Goat/s and a Cow.
Here are some areas I am looking at:
Ojai, near santa barbara : I love this location for the spiritual vibe and good weather. Great community and many more sunny days compared to Northern California.
Areas in and around San Francisco Bay Area (Vacaville, Gilroy etc.) - I live in this area and a positive for me is that I can gradually make a transition to a lifestyle aligned with permaculture principles, without needing to move. The negative is that the winters are pretty cold [compared to a tropical climate ] and
Big Island, Hawaii: I love the lush green tropical vegetation here but am having a hard time finding properties. I really like the Kealakekua bay area where I visited a small permaculture oriented handmade-coffee farm. I am told land is cheap in Puna on the other side of the island but I know that the lava-risk zoning for many areas in and around Puna is very high. Suggests to me that land might be rocky and I may have to go there physically to figure out areas that might be suitable for farming.
California Central coast: The San Luis Obispo are appears to have lot of rolling land and decent weather (warmer than Nor Cal but colder than So Cal). There appears to be farming-type land available in Paso Robles, Atascadero and surrounding areas.
I love Costa Rica as well but not sure if I can make it work. The thing is that my wife works in a job she loves and I have family as well. So a transition to a homestead will be gradual and probably take a couple of years. A location closer to where I live now will definitely help.
I am feeling a little struck right now and would love to get any advice from you folks so that I can move forward. Thanks in advance for your help.
Nick Williams wrote:I live in Paso Robles, and I'd probably suggest crossing the Central Coast off the list for homesteading. Land around here is fairly expensive, and the water situation is getting worse with every year. Really lovely weather though...