thuja wrote:If you have the ability to be 100 % self-sufficient out in East Jesus with no power tools, machinery and vehicle than all power to you. To accomplish this task, one would need to have enough arable acreage that is easily tilled by farm animals, a well insulated home with a woodstove, a good source of wood and an axe (remember no chainsaw), and I hope you have many back up parts for that bike. You will need to be able to grow, mill, process all your food, fix all your tools, repair your house using only the land around you and make and mend all your clothes. Also, I hope you have paid off the mortgage on the land and can figure out a way to pay for property taxes because you won't be commuting to a paying job.
Tillability... Ludi and others keep trying to convince me its not necessary, and over the next few years, I hope to prove it out, one way or another... But yeah, the ground in East Texas is uniformly tillable by farm animals, at least once you bust out the roots from any nearby trees. Axe and trenching tool will win that battle for you.
Woodstove... That would make the house hotter!! What I do want to build outside, is one of those large woodfired brick ovens; they are just way cool.
My axe is sharp and rust free, and has felled its share of trees. I will however, use the tiger saw and chain saw for as long as possible, they're easier on the shoulder.
As noted before, clothes, I'll die of old age long before I run out.
Property taxes are really my only remaining long term concern.
I don't know what the point of insulation is. It doesn't get cold enough here to be interesting. About the worst I might expect is to sleep with a second blanket about 4 nights a year; with the windows open. Its actually a very nice "vacation" frorm the heat when a cold front does manage to make it down here; being a weather weanie, I always know the time they are going to pass through, and I'll go outside to luxuriate in the temperature drop.
The bike is sorta a luxury; and I am considering purchasing a solid, steel tourer like the Fuji, or an older Trek 520; and getting a few sets of extra spares, chains, skewers, hubs, cassettes, tires and tubes. I'd still probably baby the thing though if it came down to such a pitiful economic state.
I haven't commuted to a job in over ten years; so I don't see why I would start now.
Trying to go it alone with a completely off-the-grid farming homestead is not only exceedingly difficult, it should be actively discouraged as young naive people will think they can easily do this.
Going it alone is stupid. You've got to go with the economy as it is, at present. The economy right now will NOT support a small farm; so you have to protect that land with other income and avoid trying to fit the square peg in the round hole. Get it debt free, keep the taxes paid, preposition assets and capabilities, work within your family and local community. Keep your skills sharp.
As the economy changes with rapidly rising energy prices, depression, whatever, then you can adjust as appropriate. If nothing interesting at all happens, you've got a great place to retire and enjoy the stary skies, and your kid(s) can then enjoy the same sort of safe backstop as you and those that came before.
Just don't tell people its the simplest or best way to go.
I don't recall making any such claim. It is, however, best for me.