First up I'm really sorry to make what I bet is ANOTHER location thread. I'm on pretty limited internet right now though so I can't spend as much time as I'd like filtering through all of the other posts. (Though I am trying to get through a few each day!)
So, that being said! I'm a long time lurker first time poster and I'm really interested to hear some opinions on the subject above. I'm currently living in very rural England. I'm moving to California within a few weeks and from there I hope to spread my wings and fly North. My dream is to dump my savings into a few acres of woodland to start a homestead. I've spent the last three years looking into various building techniques and I'm relatively sold on an earth berm/Earthship type concept. I know from experience you can build these things with the cold and wet of the north in mind.
My question then!! How far north am I going to be able to get and still practically be able to work the land for most of the year? We're quite blessed across the pond, it gets cold here but I've not had to deal with huge amounts of snow. The weather charts help a little but they really don't help me get my head around the conditions up there! I'm hoping to take a road trip to try and get an idea and feel for the area but as I'm sure everyone can appreciate, I'm not going to get half as much information from a quick look than I could from someone with experience living in that part of the world.
Vague? I know I know! Any help appreciated however. My long term plan is to use an aquaponics system along side forestry management to provide food and fuel for my family. I don't want to find myself struggling to keep the fishies from freezing though or stuck with a growing window of a few months in the summer.