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    BTW I’m in the US.


    Hi everyone, first post.

    I’m looking at going off the grid in a few years and starting a small community probably in the north west. Like most of you I’m just sick of the every day life and living for the next paycheck.

    The community I have in mind will start with about 10 people/families. I would like to get around 800 acres of rural land, I figure between 10 people that should be easy to afford.

    I want to be green from the food to the power but I’m curious as to what skills I may need for this.

    I’m giving myself a 2-3 year time line to get everything down.

    The power will be wind with backup diesel generator (vegged). Water will be spring or rain, recycled water will be gray for crops. Solid waste will probably have to be dumped every so often or burned in a trash burner.

    Heated water, solar/trash.

    I know this is what I want to do, but where should I star?

    I’m going to take the next 2-3 years and use them to save money and go to school (using my GI bill). I’ll learn about stuff that I’ll need, carpentry, metal fab, environmental science, etc. When my bills are paid off and the housing market is looking better, I’ll sell this house and buy a nice piece of land. Probably drop a trailer for a year while me and the rest of the community build.

    I know 800 acres is allot of land for 10 people, but I want this community to grow and I want allot of the land to remain untouched. The saddest thing I’ve seen was my home town turn from everglades and citrus trees to parking lots and sub divisions.


    Ash Fork is in a red zone on the pockets of freedom thread link’s map—bummer for alternative power(solar, wind, micro-hydro) and building materials(tires, bales, etc. & possibly a bummer for compost toilets and catchment/grey water recycling systems). You would think AZ would be an all green state. Deer, elk, mountain lions and bears are in that area, along with skunks, porcupines, coyotes, and foxes. The subdivision may have covenants, not sure on underground water and annual rainfall for catchment (if it is even allowed). Fire danger, snow loads and wind loads, permits needed and costs should be at the county website. Check for growing region in the PoF thread. Make sure your septic is at least 1000 gallons and the leach field is located away from any future building. Bummer about having to pay for water, research recycling water systems. Some places in the mountains get no cell phone or even free TV and radio. You have to just try and see. I’m in such a place in CO and need satellite for TV, no radio, and ground line is in for phone and DSL, but wasn’t at first. I’m in a neutral area where putting in an Earthship, solar power, and building were a little over-regulated and considerable paperwork and engineering expense, but not too much. I live in a covenanted area where trailers(for living permanently) and mobile homes are not allowed, so property values are better maintained.

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