William Wallace wrote:Sure, Bears can be repelled by electric fence ..... but I had these grandiose dreams of a self sustained and completely off the grid ecosystem. The one thing that I hadn't planned for is bear. I had never seen any sign of bear on my land.
8 is a bunch of bear. I am wondering if he saw the same couple of bears with it adding up to 8 sightings. He has 3 LGD that bellow quite effectively, but found that the bears took advantage of the times when he wasn't on the property (and so neither were the dogs). I admit that it is a bit sensational to say that my dreams are crushed, but that is a huge portion of my plans that is now "in the wind".
Kyrt Ryder wrote:Your area grows bear, if you can get a license to take one per year that problem can become a protein solution.
William Wallace wrote:I have been having fun out on my land, planting a few spots intentionally, and broadcasting seed over some other areas. Everything was going great, up until the time that I talked to one of my neighbors. He lives right across the street from me. It's good to know your neighbors, and the conversation helped ..... but, it's also a bit demoralizing.
We talked about the struggles that he has had on his land. He use to have livestock, but found that bears would break into his chicken coops too often, simply to steal his chicken feed. He has seen something like 8 bears just in his front lawn. This really crushes my dreams of raising quail and muscovies. At least I can refocus some of my energy on projects that are not destined to fail or attract unwanted visitors.
This puts a small hamper on my ability to create a fully self sustaining homestead, but I have come up with another gameplan. I'm not scrapping everything that I have planned prior, just doing a pivot with some of the details. In addition to trying to grow veggies on my shade farm, I found out that I have the perfect ecosystem for moss. I have an absolute ton of it on my property. Looking at the prices online, I can see that it is quite lucrative. All I need to do is perfect the ways to propagate it, and I should have infinite sources of different mosses.
It's intriguing that you can blend up the moss, and that signals the growth factor to start growing throughout the entire moss culture. I am definitely going to utilize the water repelling ability of it for the roof of structures that I build, and even beehives that I plan to start. If I can not bank on raising all of my own food, I can at least plan on selling some high value plants to supplement my income. I was surprised at the sheer number of things that moss is used for. I think it would make a unique farmer's market booth, as I haven't seen moss being sold at any that I have visited.