I didn't really want to talk about those people too much... unless that changes, a lot of them will die. I really don't want wish that on anyone. I don't know what the welfare culture in the US is like, but in Canada there are families who have been on welfare for generations. The young adults who come out of these homes have only one skill... working the system. For the girls it means early pregnancy, and the boys, drug abuse. As more people grow their own food (or even some of it), use less services, stop going places... except on bikes... Less people have jobs and they pay less. The tax base that welfare is based on shrinks, welfare gets harder to to obtain, those who need it most, can't... those who know how still do... somethings gonna break.
People will learn to grow their own food even in the city if they have to. It may not be homesteading as we know it, but it will go in that direction. In Cuba, even people in apartments grow rabbits... and probably salads in the window.
I would recommend Missouri, near the St. Louis area. Land is cheap compared to the rest of the country, there are four decent seasons, although Spring and Fall can be a bit short, and very few insurmountable predators. I hear the javelinas in AZ can be a beast. Plus there is a burgeoning locavore culture that is especially big around St. Louis and a decent sized farmer's market. Second would be in the Kansas City area. Kansas City is definitely behind St. Louis regarding organics, local foods, and general progressiveness, but every year there are strides being made.
Nobody WANTS to be poor. They just need an escape hatch. People want a hand up much more than they want a handout.
There are lots of people in cities guerilla gardening, rooftop gardening, or going the way of hydroponics. DH has some theater friends who have a garden collective in Brooklyn. I also know lots of folks in Denver that do a lot of community gardening. Permaculture actually works really well in urban settings.
My needs are more cultural; so long as its not overly conservative, racist, homophobic, and as a bonus contains a Jewish and a black/African community I have no issues on climate...
However that cuts out most of the country.
Ahipa wrote:I'd like to do a sharing farm which surprisingly Peakmoment did a video on; and I'd like to bring spices, herbs, and produce from all over the world to that location and grow them (Japanese Mountain yams for fufu! The thought is mouth-watering .)