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mountainmoma:

--- Quote from: Zephyr66 on January 03, 2019, 07:44:32 PM ---hi mountain moma... what do you go by and what state are you in?  glad i'm not the only solo homesteader here!  good to see a women's section, though.  i'm in the ozarks of arkansas on 30 acres. 

sylvia

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I am right under 3 acres in the california coastal range, urban/wildland interface, neighborhood of houses on small acres, over 2000ft elevation  and distance to town/facilities, no rain at all for about half the year or more, then about 60-100 inches, mostly in 3 of the 6 potentially wet months. Native landscape would be live oak, doug fir, madrone, manzanita, scrub bushes berries moving into redwoods in the folds and lower elevations. Wildlife dominated by an increasing lion population which is reducing what used to be a problem amount of racoons and coyotes. Biggest hazard to the garden is the California pocket gopher, which will eat everything, copious birds and deer followed by squirrels, large woodrats and racoons. Weather is also a challenge there as we have 3 seasons, winter, a cold deluge of rain and some snow ( spring so short if you blink you miss it so no spring season), a summer of intense drought and sun exposure, then a nice, long indian summer (fall) of decent weather when everything still living ripens. 

Zephyr66:
Thanks for the feedback.  I used to live in the desert of Joshua Tree and also in Arcata so I know the extremes of California.  The Ozarks are a delight right now... plenty of rain and green.  4 seasons, although our winter is mild compared to much of the country.  Take care!

mountainmoma:

--- Quote from: Zephyr66 on January 04, 2019, 07:16:34 AM ---Thanks for the feedback.  I used to live in the desert of Joshua Tree and also in Arcata so I know the extremes of California.  The Ozarks are a delight right now... plenty of rain and green.  4 seasons, although our winter is mild compared to much of the country.  Take care!

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30 acres is alot of land out there to maintain, mos likely some/alot is on woodlot and/or you plan on animals to graze ? I spent a couple weeks in the ozarks on land outside of ashland NC, very pretty in the summer, weather reminded me of Hawaii warm rain showers.  No gophers, a big plus, no need to irrigate, a big plus, LOTS more weeding of course as everything grows.  Likely insects to watchout for.  But, in all, I bet you have a sweet place to homestead !

Oakie:

Yes, I prep alone in Oklahoma on 20 acres.
Progress seems painfully slow. As a single mom I had few resources and surviving each day seemed an accomplishment. Now that they are grown I've focused on digging ponds, cutting swales and planting trees.  I want to be a farmer when I grow up.  :)
I do wish to retire in a couple years. I'm sure I will need to re-roof my home first and want to add a sunroom/greenhouse in the worst way. A tractor is needed but not affordable as yet.
I have 300 trees and shrubs ordered for March to add to diversity. I've already planted hundreds with mixed success. I must plant enough for deer and other wildlife as well as a few straying neighbors cows as well as myself. A wildfire set me back this past year. Fruit trees do not survive well it seems.
We've had much rain the past several years after years of drought and it is exciting to have new trees survive!
I look forward to hearing your goals and accomplishments!

Monika:
I'm also alone on 17 acres in Portugal. I moved here 2 years ago and I still have difficulties with the climate and the fact that there are many months without rain in summer. But I managed to plant ca 30 fruit trees which survived. All my berries and most of my hazelnuts died though but I will try again next year in a different location, closer to the house so I can see them and irrigate more often.

I live quite primitively, initially in a caravan (well after 2 months of living in a ruined house) and now in a room in what is supposed to become a workshop once I have the house renovated. I have grid electricity but I plan to get solar. Water is from a well but it has a high iron content so I usually don't use it for drinking. Drinking water I get from a public well in a village 3 miles away, like many people here.

I'm more or less retired, I have no debt, I own the land and I have enough savings to last me a few decades as long as I don't spend too much and as long as inflation doesn't eat all my savings. I'm keeping my eyes and ears open for some side business and I'm sure I'll come up with something sooner or later.

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