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Rusty Bowman
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I'm considering a road trip this November starting from Southern Idaho and traveling in the general direction of Portland then down to Bend and back to Idaho.

For inspiration and info, I'm interested in seeing what and how people are building as well as hearing their stories. I'll also be scoping out possible places to relocate. My families roots are here and we like the geography but I'm thinking it would be less lonely living in an area with more people that had similar ideals. I have 28 acres w/ two creeks near Horseshoe Bend I'd consider trading for the right piece of land. Of course, I'd certainly sell too but I digress.

Is there anyone here --in the general aforementioned path-- willing to take a fellow permie on a short tour of their strawbale, cob or earthship home?

I'm open to all ideas and dialogue.

Thanks,
rusty
 
Jami McBride
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So your property is way out and isolated, and your looking for like-minded 'community'?

I am not in your travel path, but very curious about your quest. 

~Jami
 
Rusty Bowman
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Jami,

I currently live in the city...and a very conservative area in general. I'd prefer to live in a location that had more people with like minded ideals. I've been called various things here. My favorite is "lazy scum of the earth hippie" . This stemmed from the fact that I have an edible forest garden rather than the standard chemically dependent turf landscape.

At any rate, the Horseshoe Bend land I referred to is bare land. My original plan was to build there but I'm open to building elsewhere...especially where there are more than a very small handfull of people who don't believe monster trucks and big screens are the key to the "good life". 

Make sense?

r



 
Jami McBride
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Yes, Rusty that makes perfect sense.

I believe cities are formed by like-minded people (monster trucks and all) and as with groups in general pressure to conform is perceived as fundamental to group survival.  Personally I am not against hippies or monster truck life-styles, I belong to neither group, but I am strongly opposed to conforming in general *grin*

Is there any land for sale around yours in Idaho?  Maybe you can encourage others to start a loose synergistic community around you....

I wish you all the best in your journey ♥

 
                            
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rusty wrote:
I have 28 acres w/ two creeks near Horseshoe Bend I'd consider trading for the right piece of land. Of course, I'd certainly sell too but I digress.


Hi Rusty,

I am interested in your property. I am heading out soon to make a trip in the ole motorhome up through Utah into Idaho and Montana. We need to move our little urban farm by the end of November and my single biggest challenge has been finding property with pure running water....and a little forest.

I have been unable to use the personal message feature here so if you could email me the particulars on your property at
our Scottsdale Urban Farm address. ScottsUrbanFarm@yahoo.com


Thanks!
Marty




 
Rusty Bowman
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Marty,

I sent you an email. Afterwords, I read some of your previous posts. Not sure what I have will suit your needs but you have the info now. Also, it sounds like we're in a similar boat....looking for just the right property. Mine is almost perfect for our needs but I'm always on the lookout for something better. So far, I haven't found it....but then again, I haven't searched much outside the immediate area...and hadn't given it much serious thought until the last year.

Jami,

I have talked to close friends and family about starting a "loose community" (as in several like-minded neighbors who help each other out, NOT live in the same house or share vehicles & the like). There's always interest and talk about how much sense it would make but no one besides myself seems serious enough to start the ball rolling. And due to having so many irons in the fire, I just haven't had the time to seek out other interested parties that I don't know. Things are slowing down a bit for me so perhaps this winter I'll do some more research.

Thanks for your post!

rusty
 
Brittany Smith
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Rusty,

We are a small two person family who are looking to relocate to your area and build a cob/ earthen type home on land. We are out in Indiana right now and Boise area seems to be a better fit. Are you still out there? I would love to have a conversation with you about natural building and your area/ land. I used to live in Portland and have been seeing that there are a lot of cob builders in that general area. Have you considered staying out there and selling pieces of your land and starting a community? I know it's far out, but I believe if you set the example people will come!

Brittany
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Rusty Bowman
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Brittany Smith wrote:Rusty,

We are a small two person family who are looking to relocate to your area and build a cob/ earthen type home on land. We are out in Indiana right now and Boise area seems to be a better fit. Are you still out there? I would love to have a conversation with you about natural building and your area/ land. I used to live in Portland and have been seeing that there are a lot of cob builders in that general area. Have you considered staying out there and selling pieces of your land and starting a community? I know it's far out, but I believe if you set the example people will come!

Brittany
b.smith1287@yahoo.com



Hi Brittany! Yes, I'm still out here. In terms of relocating, little has changed since I began this thread. I still have this land in question too...28 acres near Horseshoe Bend which is 20 miles north of Boise. The land is 3 miles from Horseshoe Bend on a nice county maintained gravel road. Other than a well, power, a bridge across one of the creeks and a road...the land is undeveloped with pristine riparian areas along both creeks. Oh, I did plant some fruit trees which were doing great last Sept. Any way, the geography of this piece is more conducive to a single family wanting to spread their wings than for a community...at least for my tastes.

Feel free to email me. Thanks!
 
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