alex wiz

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Thanks for the advice! Yeah screw septic systems.
2 years ago
Hi Mark. I just got a Outdoor job in California. I should bank in another $7,000 from that job. So that puts my total savings at $22,000 by 10/2016.
After that I am going to start looking at land in Kentucky. Hopefully another economic crash doesn't happen anytime soon or any other disaster.

I started a new blog as well.
https://aniceplantparadise.wordpress.com/
2 years ago
Wow what a nice guy you are!
2 years ago
The more details about an offer to live off the land the better.
There's a lot of things holding me back from living off the land:
1. Fear
2. Money
3. No companion to be by my side
4. Wanting to find a "great" piece of land
5. Procrastination
6. Comfort in my current situation
2 years ago
Mark thanks for the interesting post.
Whats your life like? What do you do for income?
Thanks I'm trying to escape the rat race.
2 years ago

The biggest problems most people have with this is:
1. How do they make enough money to survive?
2. What is the benefit for them besides free food and a learning experience?

I'm just pointing out some things. It sounds like a nice setup for the right person! I'd consider the offer if I didn't hate the cold so much and knew that I could make a living wage doing it.
2 years ago
I think it sounds like a good deal for the right person.
But I think you are being too vague in your description.

Who pays for the perennial plants?
What is the housing situation?
How long can they stay?
How much land is it?
What type?
etc.

The biggest problems most people have with this is:
1. How do they make enough money to survive?
2. What is the benefit for them besides free food and a learning experience?

I'm just pointing out some things. Like I said it sounds like a nice setup for the right person. I'd consider the offer if I didn't hate the cold so much and knew that I could make a living wage doing it.
2 years ago
Thats pretty helpful. The type of hard work I enjoy is 50% mental 50% physical. Although I cannot say I am the hardest worker out there by any means. But I can "rough it" and am passionate about growing sustainable food. I wish I wasn't so scared of the unknown.
3 years ago

Su Ba wrote:You've put quite a bit of thought into your project so far. I'd like to suggest a few more items on your check list.......check water rights. Check mineral rights. Living on land where someone else owns the mineral rights can be a nightmare for a homesteader. Same for timber rights. Also watch easements. Personally I wouldn't want easements running across my land.

My homestead is 20 acres. I like having the surplus acres so that I can have pastures, make ponds, and maintain a wood lot. Otherwise 20 acres really isn't necessary for a working homestead. That having been said, I bought the largest amount of acreage that I could afford to buy. Extra land is never a problem. Too little land can be a real nuisance. I would have taken 40-100 acres if they had been within my budget.

A word about neighbors. They can change. I was careful to check out our neighbors before buying my land, but in the past 10 years over half the properties on my mile long road have sold. So we got new neighbors that we had no idea about until they moved in. Some have been fine, some have been problems. Just something to be aware of.

As for off grid. Around here many people start out just using a generator. By the way, you may find a 1200 generator to be far too small. Then people add a battery bank so that they can run lights and a water pump at night. Plenty of people here stop at that.....generator + charge controller + battery bank, DC system. Next step would be to add an inventor and switch to an AC system. Next step up would be to install another generating system, be it solar, wind, or hydro, or a combo. And then just use the generator for back up and topping off the batteries on down days.

My only advice, be flexible....and don't be afraid to make the jump. I talk with people all the time who have been stuck in the planning stage for years and years. Keep in mind that if the land you buy doesn't turn out right, you aren't stuck with it. In our case, the first piece we purchased didn't work out, so we sold it and bought our current place.


Wow I love advice like this! Thank you so much you have no idea how much this helps me!
3 years ago