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Hi everyone at off-grid – I was wondering if you’ve ever considered relocating to another country? I’ve recently moved to Ecuador and have a goal to be off-grid and living self-sufficient in the very near future. I used to own horses in the U.S. and would love to find equestrian minded people to live in our community.

I want to live in harmony with nature, but I also plan to have modern conveniences. I don’t feel there is a reason you have to give up technology to live in harmony with nature. Most people think Ecuador is a third world country in which there are no modern conveniences. This is not true. We have all the conveniences here as we did in the U.S. The larger cities also have excellent health care and good health insurance is available at a very cheap rate (our family of three costs $79/month).

Ecuador is a very diverse country with beaches, the Galapagos Islands, jungles & mountains. The beauty of this country is breathtaking. The couple areas I’m considering purchasing land would be in areas that boast “eternal spring” like weather and a year round growing season. The nights are cool and the days are warm with an average temperature between 50 and 85 degrees year round. Houses don’t need or have HVAC systems here! This I think is a huge bonus for living an off the grid self-sustaining lifestyle!

The land I’m most intrigued with is over 600 acres and is untouched virgin land. There are natural springs, waterfalls, streams, abundant pasture, forests, mountains, etc. It would be very ideal for hydro-electric power. From what I’ve researched it seems like the most reliable and cost effective source for electric. The asking price for the land is extremely low. And property taxes are virtually non-existant here in Ecuador.

I’m looking for down to earth people who are easy to get along with. I’m not a fan of drama or gossip. I would like to find individuals who are open minded, willing to compromise in order to settle disputes, forgive & forget attitude, honest, hardworking, clean, have strong family values and a good moral compass. Not looking for people who have criminal backgrounds (will check), problems with violence, drug or alcohol issues.

I think it would be very advantageous to find individuals or families with experience in the following areas: organic farming (fruits, vegetables, herbs, animals), construction, off-grid technology, previous experience with eco-communities, etc.

I have many possible ideas for this community including many community based businesses. At this point I’m still very flexible. However, the most important features would be our own source of water and power along with the capability to grow most of our food.

There are a couple wonderful families here in Ecuador who are very interested in being part of this community farm. One lady is a natural holistic doctor.

If you have any interest, please send an email to mattclaims74 at aol dot com.

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