I just joined up, and since it's kinda quiet here thought I would stand up and introduce myself. My name is Trish, I'm 47 and live in NE AZ, currently at Reevis Mountain School in the Superstitions (reevismountain.org) - but I've got 40 acres out east of Holbrook and will be living there, god willing, by March. Here I go talking about things I haven't done yet - but anyway - the plan is to build as temporary shelter a tiny yurpee, kinda like this but smaller
(this is where I live now) ... and a Lorena stove ... and then a cob house.
The land is at 5800', gently rolling with a slope to the SW.
It's more rolly than it looks in the pic.
Wells go down around 200'. I'll harvest water. There is a community well where I'm entitled to 50 gal/day.
It's just little ol me with no money, so permaculture work will be Trish-scale - swales and Phiri pits and such. We'll see if anything bigger becomes feasible.
Of course I'd love to hear suggestions (not necessarily "you need help" - I know that) - but for now just wanted to say hi. And happy new year.
I am new here myself. As of an hour ago I've read various intros and replies to a lot of the eco/ permie/ off grid style of living. I'm a 46 (in March) yr old woman who was laid off after umpteen years and replaced by someone half my age for half my pay. (God love the so called UNITED States, Land of the brave, but not so free...)
I'm a NOOB in every sense of the word where off grid/ eco living is concerned. But the last 9 months I was fairly shoved out of my norm and had to improvise for my literal survival. I've learned how to recycle, repair, live without the items id just 2 years ago, took for granted and more. (Trying to not make this so wordy)
I realize your not "asking" for help, tho I am hoping your wanting some.
I had to leave Az after the lay off and other various "implosions" and relocated to Wa on the invite of a childhood bestie, then located my birth family after years of looking, and found the experienceshould have remained a dream. A lot more has happened, but that's the gist.
I am hating it here in Washington/ Oregon, and really would like to go back to warmer climates and lose the trepidation of running into one of those "blood relations" and having them know my current living situation. Call it pride, but I prefer embarrassment.
I'm willing to learn, help, do whatever I'm physically and mentally able to do, to help you reach your goals and dreams.
I just want stability, food, a home for myself and my 9 year old Red Heeler, and the constitutional right to "pursue" some happiness.
Anyway if you (or another reader in a warmer climate than the Pacific NW) might need or want help, in exchange for a small area I can live on, (not asking to own) then PLEASE contact me.
I'm more serious than you know.