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Good Locations to start a Permaculture Community in the Appalachia area  RSS feed

 
Eric Puro
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Howdy!

We are a group of 10 inspired and full of energy humans disembarking on a path of settling down and creating our vision. We have been traveling around learning natural building and permaculture skills for 3-4 years now, and its time to get our own land and start practicing. Does anyone here have any good recommendations of places in the appalachia region where (1) land is cheap, (2) close to progressive city hubs, (3) has 4 seasons, (4) no fracking around, (5) beautiful land?

Any suggestions or comments are appreciated. Some of us grew up in the midwest, but have mainly been in Europe and Oregon for the past years, so we are now a bit unfamiliar with this region. Much love you great people!
 
Donna Mays
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Location: Berkeley Springs, WV
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We are in Berkeley Springs, WV and I'd say it meets all of your criteria
 
Kay Barry
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Location: Pendleton County, WV. Zone 6A
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Hi Eric! I would suggest you check out wild, wonderful clean and pristine Pendleton County, WV. It's just over the VA line from Harrisonburg VA - home of James Madison University and the land is beautiful and inexpensive. Hubby and I are building a permaculture learning center/homestead there too, so we would love to have like-minded neighbors nearby! We are surrounded by National Forests and there is no coal or natural gas in the county. We have a growing zone of about 5B on the top of our 2,000' ridge - and the mountains are similar to those in Galacia and Asturias, Spain!

Here is a recent news story about Pendleton:

http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/wireStory/bucolic-west-virginia-county-markets-remoteness-30440722

Hope to see you in our little part of heaven!
Buen Camino!
Karen
 
Thomas Partridge
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As I said in another thread, Central VA (Fluvanna County especially) is a pretty good cost versus value set up. Acreage is cheap (especially large amounts) and it is really close to a lot of high wealth areas which would allow you to charge a higher price for the same product.
 
Miki Odendahl
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Location: Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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Charlotte County, Virginia has tons of available land dirt cheap. It's basically been stripped for wood and left. Pretty remote, an hour from most suppliers, but beautiful, if depressed, country. I was offered a farm there by friends just to take over, but I'm not willing to deal with the snakes.

Two caveats:

The land is high clay content; you will be spending your first three years just amending your foundation soil to support a diverse permaculture system. Hugelculture will be a necessity.

Getting permits for water sourcing is not an easy task.
 
Sadie Smithy
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I would recommend land in the far north of Appalachia, perhaps Tioga County NY. The land is cheap (for NY), the rainfall is abundant, the hills and valleys are perfect for permiculture operations, 'small town living at it's best'. There are a few progressive cities in the region; most notably Ithaca, NY and Binghamton is a growing college town/city. Only 3-4 hours from NYC and major urban markets (if that's your thing). Fracking is no-longer an issue, but many rural places are at the beginning-edge of their respective watersheds... so you could eliminate some concerns about contamination.

Many of the impacts of climate changes won't be a problem in this part of the world.

NYS has some beginning farmer tax incentives/grant programs. USDA rural business enterprise grants may be available. PM for more info.
 
Jamie Davis
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I would suggest you look into monroe county tn. Lots of water nearby, creeka, rivers, lakes. Inexpensive land. Light or no regulatory hurdles. One hr to knoxville or chattanooga markets to sell your production. See coker creek, tellico plains, vonore for starters.
 
Bash AlHa
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Eric Puro wrote:Howdy!

We are a group of 10 inspired and full of energy humans disembarking on a path of settling down and creating our vision.  We have been traveling around learning natural building and permaculture skills for 3-4 years now, and its time to get our own land and start practicing.  Does anyone here have any good recommendations of places in the appalachia region where (1) land is cheap, (2) close to progressive city hubs, (3) has 4 seasons, (4) no fracking around, (5) beautiful land?

Any suggestions or comments are appreciated.  Some of us grew up in the midwest, but have mainly been in Europe and Oregon for the past years, so we are now a bit unfamiliar with this region.  Much love you great people!



Hi wondering about the update of this thread .. did you find a location ?
Bash x
 
Gail Moore
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Location: south central Appalachia, southwest Virginia, US zone 6/7
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They have located South of Berea, Kentucky.

look up their website thepoosh.org
 
Michael Beck
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Update! We have 62 acres and are interested in meeting new people and, if you are a good fit, having more people join! Contact us at michaelbeck14903(at)gmail.com
 
Alicia Donathan
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Location: Missouri
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Kay Barry, I'm interested in what you are doing in Pendleton County.  We are looking for a way to get back to WV.  Can you email me?  a3davis1400@gmail.com.  Thanks!
 
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