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Aurora Cook

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I'm actually fairly young. I had no clue what homsteading or permaculture even was until my parents started prepping. From the time I was very young and we moved into a small city, I knew I hated everything about. My dreams and day-dreams were always filled with wishes to just get away from the noise, the lack of moral judgment, the parties and the vomit in the gutters. From what my parents and my grandparents have said, this place actually was quite charming, quiet and cute, but then kids started coming here to go to college and it became recognized as a party town. All I know is that I could not stand it. After I got married and, as most couples do, we discussed the idea of children in our future. Shortly before we married, my husband became a wildland firefighter (whom I am VERY proud of) and he would always come home talking about how amazing it was to get paid to work outside and how fulfilling it was to work hard in a setting that he loved. Coupled with thoughts of future children and my waning desire to stay here, I began perking up at the prepper shows. Not because I believe a lot of it will actually happen, but because I admired how much these people accomplished on their own. I had respect for those that took the time to learn and understand basic skills to fend for themselves in a world so reliant on convenience. I fell hard and fast after that. I began stockpiling skills and valuable traits. I taught myself to crochet, worked on my knitting, studied sewing patterns. I looked at how to make my own herbal medicine, recipes from scratch, conveniences I could make and handle myself. Everything I could learn about being self-sufficient, I just devoured. Which leads me to this site. I only intended to search for a good area to sink my families roots into, and I found so much information, I decided to get an account to hopefully share what I learn in this journey. 
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What a brilliant idea I'll also be doing my homework here soon, figured I would get some input first though. are there areas that are okay with it though? I just wanted to see if it was a state wide type of thing. Maybe buy multiple properties and knock the fences down? Hmmm. Hopefully I can figure it out in 2 years! Thank you kindly!
8 years ago
I posted here before about where the best place to homestead would be, but my husband and I are both still set on Oregon. Though a new twist has shown up. Now my parents and possibly my friend would like to share the land. This would mean building separate houses on a single piece of land with a communal farm in the center and possibly (most likely, really) separate little personal gardens per home. Unless this endeavor grows, we're looking at a total of 3 houses and 6 adults to start out with. So I was wondering, best areas? Is it illegal or generally not allowed to build that many properties on one chunk of land? Looking for places with good soil (at least decent) and decent weather. What we're hoping to do is organics and a kind of mini well functioning ecosystem set up. Am I making sense? Anyway, help would be greatly appreciated and thank you in advance
8 years ago
Those prices sound incredible to me. I mean in the area that I am in, a decent home with a backyard is near or over 200,000 - 275,000. And that's just decent. If you want a nice home for your kids, think again. I've done a little research on the Ozarks but I never knew that social bit. The only thing I would be worried about would be my future kids. I don't want them to be outcasts just because we wanted to homestead in that area.
And I know exactly what you mean!!! All-Summer here, right now in fact. Very hot. Luckily we have good soil in this area or it would be hard to grow certain things.

What a welcoming community this is! I was not expecting very much feedback, but you all have been wonderful to take the time out of your day to reply to such a newbie. Thank you
9 years ago
This is an incredible opportunity Mr. Nash! How wonderful of you to offer it to someone. If only I wasn't so "green" in this area. If someone ends up living on the land and doesn't mind a pair of helping hands (or teaching me a thing or two) I would be willing to help them. Sadly, I don't know enough to help out as of yet. Good luck though! Best wishes.
9 years ago
Thank you both so much. I'd never heard Ozarks until now. Our orignal plan pre-homesteading was Oregon state since it's so beautiful up there, but it is pretty rainy and cloudy. And I don't know exactly what I'll be able to handle as of yet. I'm an aspiring herbalist so I think working out of the house (or a little building set up on the property, perhaps a travel cart for going into town) is a viable option. Other than that I and my husband had planned for me to stay at home and manage things. He's a wildland firefighter here in california (guess I should have said that from the get-go) so he'll probably have a lot of time off in the colder months to help out. I want to get our kids involved when we have them. Also our family friend was considering moving with us, to help out on our property. Hope that helps clear the situation up a little. Again, thank you!
9 years ago
Hi everyone! I just now created my account. I am new here and I have a very broad question. Where on this green earth would be a good place to get land, forest and 4 distinct seasons? Or as close to that as reality will allow for. I am trying to figure this out before the next two years pass so that we can move to an area that will serve our needs. I am actually looking for quite large pieces of land for animals, herb gardens, fruits, veggies and trees. That may be a little unrealistic, but that is precisely why I am asking: so that I may tailor and adapt my ideal to fit the reality of it all. Still wet behind the ears concerning this stuff but I am more than eager to learn. Thank you in advance for your helpful advice!

-Aurora
9 years ago