That could be mitigated by constructed wetland of filtering plants.
Todd McDonald wrote: Of course some of those pond sites are in the catchment of the anhydrous ammonia covered corn field next door so potentially a problem there.
Todd McDonald wrote:So the question for the other permies out there is: If you are shopping for land would you be willing to pay one third more to have the forest service as your neighbor? I'm intentionally leaving out exact prices because that is relative to your area and mid Missouri prices may seem high, or low, to you depending on land prices in your area and your frame of reference. So whaduhyathink?
A benefit of living next to conventional farmers is that if you develop your place as a thriving permaculture site you will have far more opportunity to change minds than you would have in a remote forest location.
It lays very nice with the right mix of forest and pasture. There are also great pond sites high on the property which could facilitate micro hydro electricity. Of course some of those pond sites are in the catchment of the anhydrous ammonia covered corn field next door so potentially a problem there. It's also closer to some friends we have out that way.
Tyler Ludens wrote:A benefit of living next to conventional farmers is that if you develop your place as a thriving permaculture site you will have far more opportunity to change minds than you would have in a remote forest location.
Really this depends on your current financial situation. If you have a couple million in the bank and are trying to decide between a property that is $50,000 vs. $66,500, then the price difference is not that significant and I would go with the land near the forest service. However, if $50,000 is the absolute top of your price range and that extra $16,500 would set back your projects by several years, then I would probably go with the less expensive land even if it was surrounded by GMO crops.
What I am really trying to fish out here is where do other permie homesteader types place value. Is more budget friendly land the way to go or is there more value in having non-spraying neighbors and access to thousands of acres of public land. In other words would you be willing to pay a little more or have a little less space for assurance that clouds of toxic gick won't be wafting over your land and house?