Hi all i am an artist. Also i am someone who cares a great deal about the earth and everything that lives here. i believe that the greatest thing each of us can do is to live healthily by taking responsibility for ourselves. My family consists of my wife to be and our two dogs that we rescued. We are living in a toxic town that profits off the slaughter of thousands of creatures everyday for the consumption of our society and i can feel and see the direct impact it has on the people of this city. It is sad. We need to get out… Luckily we have a vision and a plan to help people out of the lifestyle that is hindering people from reaching their potential, and this is achieved through first living healthily by example. Now we have been researching and planning our plunge into the wilderness for over 2 years now as a couple and personally i have lived off-grid for over a year and have experience in building with natural material as well as several other skills i have acquired that make me feel our chance of success is more assured.
So let me tell you a little about our plan and what we are looking for. Firstly we are looking for land. We don’t have a specific location which is kind of challenging but we feel we could make just about anywhere work as long as there were certain parameters that are met. These include a minimum of around 10 acre this size is based on what we would like to do on our land so it varies slightly with topography but ideally we would have a parcel around 40 acres but again not the size that really matters to us as long as we have a water source of some sort preferably a cold spring from a mountain but the land i lived off grid on was high desert so i can make whatever work. We will be having several animals living with us. a small herd of goats&/sheep, a couple horses our dogs and a few others perhaps as we both have experience in dealing with them.
As far as our home we plan on building a self sustained house natural building (cob/bale hybrid) with solar and perpetual free energy as our primary source of electricity and incorporating indoor greenhouses to maximize water usage and filtration by harvesting rainwater via living roof as well as other systems including grey and black water systems.
Now i mention all this not because i think this is some grand new idea that needs to be adopted but i come to you humbly asking everyone to consider a very old time tried way of life that encourages creativity and prosperity while also giving back to the planet. The land is our biggest challenge right now so that is why i am putting this out there to anyone who might be able to help us… my body is only 26 but i’m told i am an old soul. The work doesn’t scare me. i have the motivation for that. We are doing this so as to document our journey to help others along there own paths. Also any advice you feel would help us PLEASE!!!!! Well that was our brief story if i need more details or something let me know. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR TIME AND THOUGHTS!!! ~~~ Steve
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