H Ludi Tyler wrote:
Under the most ideal conditions, Biointensive gardening (not permaculture) can produce an entire vegan diet for a person on 4000 square feet. This means a long growing season and plenty of irrigation water. You'd probably want to at least double that for Montana conditions.
I would imagine you could do that near the equator (where food falls from trees year round), but vegan diets get less and less possible the farther you get from the equatorial regions.
Brice Moss wrote:in Montana its not acreage that is gonna cost you its access to a good road and electric/telephone lines if you need that sort of thing. water too I know some folks out that way who still have to truck in water, so consider all that.
John Polk wrote:Water rights are an extremely important issue in most western states.
Water rights usually do not belong to the land. They belong to a person. The current owner may have water rights, but that does not mean that if you buy the land, you will receive those rights. He may plan to sell the property for $x, and sell those water rights to a 3rd party. Or, maybe sell them to you for an additional fee, or just pass them to his grand kids...some day, they might be worth 10X what the property is worth now.
Some states will not even allow you to collect rainwater from your roof.
Most states will allow a well (under qualifying conditions), which may be used for 'domestic use' (household use...which may include watering a garden, but not crop irrigation). In CO, you may not drill a well if your property is served by public, or private water companies.
Before investing property in any of the western states, you should look carefully at both current and past laws. By comparing the past laws to the present laws, you will see a trend in how they are moving, which may give you an idea of what to expect in the future.
Due diligence now is worth a million "if-I'd-ofs" later.