What do you think the dangers of moving out of the states?
New Zealand is a better option: good soils, good rainfall, and according to scientists, it will not dry up with global warming the way the south western US is (Lake Mead is in real trouble, for instance).
The Missouri Ozarks is the place to be! Land is cheap and abundant. There are lots of like-minded folks who are truly decent people willing to help friends anytime they can. There are only a few counties with building restrictions, and several with none at all! If you're interested, I can give you some info to start your search in the area.
Have you ever thought about Florida? I garden all year long. It takes a while to get used to it. But in the northern area there seems to be a nice amount of land at 3,000 an acre and up. The heat can get bad. But if you want to go solar we are the sunshine state. It is easy to drill wells and rain catchment is a good idea. You do have to ammend the soil. Lots of good stuff with Florida! I was hoping to move to the mountians in North Georgia but it is too far from family and I am comfortable with the planting seasons here.
paul homestead wrote:I don't want this to sound like spam, but I happen to run the Ozark-Homestead list on yahoo. We've been talking a lot about permaculture the last few days too. The list is a good place to ask about particular parts of the Ozarks, and to start getting to know people from the area. If anybody has any specific questions, I'll try to answere them.