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April 16, 2012 at 12:00 am #63096MKYADAOParticipant
Anyone interested in going off grid with me?
I am looking for land right now; around 10 acres of it…thinking about South Dakota or West Virginia or Oklahoma…Not sure yet.
I need help with choosing a location, and building once I get the land. I have a plans as far as what to do once the home(s) are made.April 22, 2012 at 12:00 am #66299GaiapathParticipant
I am looking along the Potomac River in both West Virginia and Maryland.April 1, 2013 at 12:00 am #67286
Im looking to go off grid. Any single parents looking to go off grid that want to exchange ideas and talk about it and make it reality. I dont want to feel alone as I do this. Even experienced off-grid people can be of support I am sure. I see a lot of families and couples do this on their own but what about us single parents? Should we throw in the towel? Let me know what you think.April 1, 2013 at 12:00 am #67289chowanParticipant
Personally i think a off grid lifestyle is great for children but the initial setup can be difficult and i dont think kids need to go through all of that
if you can get off grid and setup to provide for yourself and your kids why not?
An old timer here told me about a couple and a young baby that came to this area totally unprepared for the winter
ended up with no liquid water, no food and the only heat they had was a cut off 55 gallon drum inside a old fifth wheel
without even a chimney to get the smoke out.He says he bought them a meal and a one way ticket back to california.April 1, 2013 at 12:00 am #67293
Well I’ve been thinking too much about it and afraid to take my kids who think moving out of California is crazy when we have beautiful weather, ocean views, running water and shopping centers everywhere. Perhaps I can tell them it is like camping. They might like an evening without police sirens and hearing crickets instead of traffic. I guess a good stove and plenty of wood is a must for the winter. I don’t even know how to can food yet, I don’t think I can do this without more support. I need some good neighbors and maybe some friends and family.April 1, 2013 at 12:00 am #67294chowanParticipant
It sounds like you have a bit of a learning curve maybee you could start slow with weekend camping trips practicing wilerness living the kids love that sort of stuff or getting away for a few weeks at a time.Im not sure if you have the resources to get yourself a piece of dirt to start building a weekender but that may be an option.
maybee you can find a well established community that you could spend some time with on occasion.
I dont think you should take the kids for more than a weekend before you at least have your priorities met
your survival priorities
your human needs
frienship,love,communityApril 1, 2013 at 12:00 am #67295LivingitNowParticipant
Hi…Chowan above has given some great advice. We started our Homestead this past summer and have had a great time at it. We didnt have everything ready to go BUT did have all the basics and important things. We have a young child and he has adpated well to the lifestyle and loves everything about it. We love not hearing hardly any traffic and there is zero crime where we bought our land. We are accepting other people to live with us at our Homestead. If you are interested, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or even if you have more questions on how we started and are living our life. We don’t mind sharing our experiences. You can have your dream if you want it. Take care and good luck.April 1, 2013 at 12:00 am #67296
What state are u homesteading in and what are you doing for income? Farming? Yes some good ideas are presented and its giving me new thought. It isnt easy for me to travel every weekend or even every month. That takes a lot of money for me to travel with 2 kids on my own on a tight budget. I would rather save for a cabin. I think going for a whole summer is more reasonable but even then it will be difficult without my family who want to stay here. When my car breaks down or there is an emergency and my son needs to be picked up for school , they are always there for me. This is why I am desiring to talk to other single parents.April 1, 2013 at 12:00 am #67298LivingitNowParticipant
Hey Leahh…I don’t mind sharing specifics with you but don’t want to do it on this public site. Again, my email address is email@example.com. Please contact me there. Thanks.April 2, 2013 at 12:00 am #firstname.lastname@example.orgMember
Thanks Livingitnow – I want to introduce messaging for situations like this – Leahh – please also see some of the latest landbuddy posts – a SoCal community looking for membersApril 5, 2013 at 12:00 am #67303
thanks Livingitnow but I dont want to stay in California. I think the best states are Utah, Idaho and Wyoming and maybe Oklahoma but I think that is not possible for a single mom like me. Especially because where I live it never snows! I know some people will not like this comment but I think you need a man with you to live in a harsh climate. The states Im looking at is Texas and Arizona. New Mexico has nice land but their government is corrupt. Colorado is beautiful but now they have all these Democratic freaky politicians trying to take away your guns. I hope there are some single ladies looking for land right now that we can maybe support each other.April 9, 2013 at 12:00 am #67310hippymanParticipant
Hi, I just joined, and found this post. I have been wanting to go off the grid for as long as I can remember, preferably via Earthship. I am looking at some family land, in North-central Texas, right now, not sure when I will be able to afford to build though. Has anyone on here had any experience with earthships before?April 11, 2013 at 12:00 am #67312Pahana TribeParticipant
LOL I love that name… Well Hippyman nothing wrong with your idea and a Earthship is a great home…
However that said its a expensive build unless your a major recycler and able to spend a great deal of time scrounging.
If your on a tight budget I would suggest a earthen hobbit house to start… A: The insulation factor will help in both the extreme summer heat and mild but chilly winter, the rocket stove mass heater system is also easy, affordable and will provide heat and a cooking space immeadiatly with very little wood for fuel.
If you have inherited land that is a huge plus but find out about water suply. A well can be expensive if there isnt already one there and lugging water although doable eats gas and is a constant pain. Also check local building codes for septic… I say this because THAT is another big expense… Some area allow composting toilets if you construct them properly…
Outside of that these things could make the build easier… If there are shade trees a camper / trailer will do while you build but planning is essential and location determines a lot of the planning.April 11, 2013 at 12:00 am #67313hippymanParticipant
What do you consider a major recycler? Already, I have several boxes of cans and bottles saved up, and have turned my whole family into recyclers.April 13, 2013 at 12:00 am #67316DustofferParticipant
I built my Earthship 1999-2000, so any questions—fire away!!!
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