My family and I purchased some land two summers ago in the Northern Colorado mountains. 70acres in total, but it is really two neighboring plots of 35ea.
Thus far we have focused on bringing some infrastructure up there and taking basic observations (a couple large greenhouse, small shed, ammending soil). The opportunities are endless here as it also borders national forest on two sides, has a 'spring' running through it, a creek within 5 minutes walking, and 5 lakes within 20 minutes walking. Not too mention quite a bit of beetle kill wood, great sun exposure, gently sloping grassland, and fairly decent soil depth/fertility considering its the rockies.
What/how etc. are all still in the works as to how it will all look in the long run. (aka a grand plan has not been formulated). What we have agreed upon thus far is that we are very interested in having a relatively intentional community living there and developing it into a permaculture/re-wilding education center.
I have an Advanced PDC (hehe, titles are funny) Soil Food Web Certificate (along with many other courses and self-teachings) and have been active in the permie world for a handful of years now. I am also an avid observer of relationships (with eachother, with plants, with Earth, with our selves etc.) I love the Earth and I wish to see humanity snap out of its funk, and I feel a key for that is to look at the dynamics of those relations.
A helpful key in discovering these elements of 'human' nature is to have a good community space surrounding.
So, back to the land. We have worked very hard to be able to meet the financial responsibility that we have accepted, but have found that the load is very high and more stream-lined efforts to develop the educational center have had to be put on the back burner. We have considered selling the front 35 as is, or even dividing various sections of the land for smaller investments of 'ownership.' But the preferred goal is to have community members (permaculturists, naturalists, woodsy folk) that will be working together on various projects so that the lines of ownership do not run black or white.
I have also developed a network in this part of the state of other Earth minded folks who also have or are acquiring space. These people will be able to coordinate, arrive and help with big projects ex home-building, big planting day. Not too mention, give you potential access to their space for other projects.
Also, there are a few in the nearby community who already have established sites with goats milk, eggs etc that would love to increase the food exchange network.
Potential rotational grazing, A large food forest already in the works, Mushroom cultivation, Natural Home-building, Wild-crafting, Fermentation Kitchen, and many other ideas are all plans for the land.
The site itself is an hour away from any real civilization, 20 minutes away from a very small town, nestled in the national forest. It is mostly south facing grassland (85%) but there is a good stand of trees with plenty of usable lumber. The surrounding forest is pretty much all trees (Ponderosa, Aspen, Doug Fir) and rock outcroppings. And you would get my brother and me as your neighbor. Hard working 20 year olds.
Keep in mind this is in the Rockies, so plenty of wind, sun, temperature fluctuations, and critters of the wild sort are frequent design problutions. Yet, the air is clean, mountains call to be played on, and there is top-of-the-water-shed water nearby, one don't get that too often in CO. Let me know if you want more information.
Please include any specific questions as well as who you are, what you may be interested in. A price has not been fixed as potential for us to talk about getting a well (already have a permit for it) and/or building a home is a possibility. Also, we are interested in how much space/money/other needs you are working with.
Hello, my husband and I are interested in hearing more about it. We've been looking for a community that has a focus more on permaculture and organic gardening, canning, fermenting, herbal tinctures and the like. We are energy healers and more. Spiritual but not religious. My husband is a carpenter builder as well and artist. I study and practice aspects of horticulture, organic gardening, kundalini yoga and healthy thinking and living. I also teach about gardening and efficiently growing seeds for those who have interests in learning.
Hello KC.... Sounds like you and your brother are moving forward in a good, well thought out way....We don't have money to buy land, but we do have A lot of years experience ... living a permaculture lifestyle.... We presently live High in the Rockies,(8,000 ft.)..... and find it challenging to grow all our food needs, with a 90 day growing season, and summer hail storms... and strong winds. BUT we do grow 90% of our food needs, plus winter root crops for our dairy goats..... we are looking at relocating to a more gentle climate/elevation.... We have some very PRACTICAL Questions.... What elevation is your property..? IF your spring runs year round.... why not tap into it and gravity feed it to all your gardens and homes..? Do you have ANY WATER RIGHTS to the spring..? How many residences or Homes can you build on a 35 acre property in your county....? Legally..? What is the name of the small town... 20 minutes away..? We have learned over the years, that good water and a good growing season are the highest needs for a successful Homestead.... Please answer these practical questions .. to help us, (and others) know of the situation of your property and water... Thanks, Sunny
I'm currently on my retirement curve and have established water associations in Wash. state, built old style and well as new Engineering style septics, and have livestock experience. I'm interested in basing myself near mom!!! and Colorado is real, real close. I also have some "cash flow" from two small pensions so am pretty self-sufficient "kash" wise. Four grandparents homesteaded in Minn. and Canada. Let me know contact infor. and a good time this early spring to connect.
I have a High School Valedictorian friend in Denver I visit, along with planning this spring to buy a 4X4 for the area, and fly in to Denver or the area. thanks; please contact.
Diego Footer on Permaculture Based Homesteads - from the Eat Your Dirt Summit