Hey, all you country folks! Maybe you would all like to give me some input. We currently have a country house in the midst of suburbia. The land generally surrounding our area is environmentally protected due to law at the moment. We have a well and septic. (We have a long unused but still functional outhouse, as well.) There is not too much land (about 1/2 acre, rocky and hilly) and what we have is very shady, although recently a neighbor removed two large trees and suddenly we have a sunny spot for a fairly large garden. We also have what looks like a root cellar near what will be our garden, although we are not sure what it was originally intended for. Our goal is to move towards independent, off the grid living, althoiugh it is very unlikely that we would ever obtain it completely. We like living here and the house is almost paid for AND we have many of the most marvelous neighbors who have similar values to ours. Almost an unintential intentional community, so to speak... Anyway, our goals at present are to: Fence our new garden (we trash-picked some fence), create raised beds for vegetable planting, install a clothes-line and a woodstove, and install some solar panels (that can only create a fairly small amout of power at present). I am pushing for installing the emergency handpump on our electric well pump that Lehman's sells, but I have not convinced my husband yet! We do lose power fairly often and with it all of our water supply : We live a quite simple life, homeschool our kids and have a limited independent income. Any other ideas? Let me have 'em!! Gee, I love Mothering.com!!
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4/30/05 at 10:15am