I have a feeling that some of us here live in Big Wyoming. I have a grand master plan with a maturity of approximately 15 years which includes moving all the way to Wyoming from Florida.
I've decided that Florida is a nice place to visit, but not ideal to live in. Amongst several states I've evaluated, I think that Wyoming is a very good candidate for the Strategic Relocation segment of my grand master plan. But I must gather a lot of information, so I need help from those who live there and can pass down solid advice.
Here are my main questions:
- What's the word on available land near the mountainous region?
- Are there any crazy State regulations regarding owning livestock, growing food, owning land or building residence on said land?
- What's the wind like there? I plan to establish multiple streams of alternative energy, and I hear wind can be ideal for windfarming in WY.
- Is there noticeable Corruption in your area? Is the FDA leaping like wild devils on local farmers for drinking their own raw milk? Or selling eggs?
- Are there Amish still living in Wyoming? I think I could learn a few things from the Amish folk.
- How's your local soil?
I would also pursue an area of Wyoming highly concentrated with like-minded individuals. I'm looking for a possible community of fellow Permies/Homesteaders I could fit into.
"I'm useless, but not for long. My future is coming on."
"Earth turns to gold in the hands of the wise."
There's a reason it's the least populous state. Colorado is a state with a growing population and a dynamic economy; go a few miles north to Wyoming, not so much. While Colorado has positives that balance out the negatives, Wyoming lacks those positives. It is windier, higher in elevation, dryer, and colder. And if you pay attention to the predictions of climate change models, it's going to be getting dryer. Not an easy place to get a permaculture established.
To people who are still tumbleweeds looking for a place to land, my advice is to go to a wet place, not an arid climate. I grew up in the desert, and I really like it there, but it is tough to make it there without external inputs, the biggest of which is imported water. That's why when it came my time to find a place to land, I ended up in Georgia. We get around 50" of rain a year. Even in 'drought' years, there is still enough water to be able to grow things. The pines and the oaks and the pecans have deep established root systems and come through these droughts just fine, even if the row crops do suffer. There's plenty of biomass here to bury and build hugelbeds with, and next drought, the row crops will have the hugelbed to count on.
There are several small parcels for sale next door to me. 7 to almost 10 acres. Asking around 40,000.00 but you could get them for less.
As in all things the answer to your questions is... it depends.
Some counties have no real rules or codes, some have tons.
There is a lot of cheap land/ large parcels, but they are mostly in the sagebrush. I have seen some with water on them but not many. Most of the time as you get closer to mountains, closer to a town , the prices go up.
Wind is not a problem. In fact there are all sorts of big wind farms all ready in operation and more planned. Many folks have windmills. One of my neigbors has a really nice solar set up too.
Most of Wyoming still has a large farm and ranch community, with the stockmen , especially, hold political clout. If you are outside of most towns there is generally no problem with livestock. As in most places it is about being a good neighbor and having like minded neighbors.
My soil is awesome. Many soils have salts. So be sure to check that out. I have lived in several parts of Wyoming and the soils are all over the map. Most of the time I have found that with water and added organics, you can have very good gardens. I think with the right use of permie principles most of Wyoming could be turned into a paridise.
SHHHHHH. Don't tell anybody ... Most of the time I tell people it is a hell hole, 60 below in winter 90 above in summer. Always windy , always dry. Please stay out...