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#31 of 42 Old 02-23-2009, 01:52 PM
 
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We have a dream of building our own homestead and having some animals, too. But we've been so transient that we don't even have a pet. Nary a fish, even. But we read things like Mother Earth News and Back Home Magazine and keep the dream alive. The last issue of MEN had some great stories of people who're living sustainably on varying amounts of property. One guy has perfected his building practice so the last house he put together was done in 10 days for $10,000. It's cute, too! Most of it was constructed using odd pieces of wood cut from the property (he's an artist more than anything and even builds cool furniture from trees that no one would think of using for anything other than firewood). Another family is growing about 6,000 pounds of food in CA (Pasadena, I think) on 1/10 of an acre. They're using every inch of space, including vertical. It's so inspiring.

I hope you find your perfect spot.

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That is quite inspiring. We would love to do something that sustainable, I just wonder if we could pull it off or if we would end up with half of a gnome home and have to give it up!

We are tossing around ideas about starting a CSA or cow/goat milk shares or herb farm.
Anyone have anything you are missing up there and would like to see close by? Let me know I'd love more inspirational ideas.
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I'm sorry it's taken me so long to respond. DH is off theis week so we've been "adventuring" every.single.day. I'm exhausted!

Most of my friends call me Jen.

GR is about 100 miles south of TC. It's mostly highway driving and like I said, we kept our condo there so for me, it's no big deal to go down and spend the day and/or night there.

I did see the communal gardens at Pond Hill. We helped an elderly lady one day pull some weeds. Every year, I buy hanging baskets there. And we have so many that I have to get them in two trips now. But there isn't anyplace in TC that makes hanging baskets as beautiful as theirs.

I'm a newbie gardener but I'm getting there! And hey, TC has a community garden too. Plots are filling up fast though. Let me know if you have any interest adn I'll mention it at the meeting on Monday night.

Other than all that, how is the house search going??

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That is quite inspiring. We would love to do something that sustainable, I just wonder if we could pull it off or if we would end up with half of a gnome home and have to give it up!

We are tossing around ideas about starting a CSA or cow/goat milk shares or herb farm.
Anyone have anything you are missing up there and would like to see close by? Let me know I'd love more inspirational ideas.
I'd love to have access to raw milk. We have digestive problems at our house, and I've heard so many people say that they didn't heal until they added raw milk to their diet. Running a CSA would be so fun, I would think, especially if it's one of those that encourages help from members. What a great way to make friends and build community!

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I'm sorry it's taken me so long to respond. DH is off theis week so we've been "adventuring" every.single.day. I'm exhausted!

Most of my friends call me Jen.

GR is about 100 miles south of TC. It's mostly highway driving and like I said, we kept our condo there so for me, it's no big deal to go down and spend the day and/or night there.

I did see the communal gardens at Pond Hill. We helped an elderly lady one day pull some weeds. Every year, I buy hanging baskets there. And we have so many that I have to get them in two trips now. But there isn't anyplace in TC that makes hanging baskets as beautiful as theirs.

I'm a newbie gardener but I'm getting there! And hey, TC has a community garden too. Plots are filling up fast though. Let me know if you have any interest adn I'll mention it at the meeting on Monday night.

Other than all that, how is the house search going??
Oh yeah, those hanging baskets are beautiful! I love going out there in the summertime just to see them. Are you getting a plot in the TC community garden? My first thought is to try and reserve one, too, but I'll bet that by the time we get settled and get all of our stuff unpacked (it's in storage right now), and find our way around, it'll be half way through summer. It'd be one thing if I knew how to garden already! I'd probably better stick with some container gardening for this year and see how I do. Surely I can get a pot of herbs to grow, right?

We're not finding a lot in our online search for a house--things are either too small, too expensive, or too far out of town. I'm thinking we might have to do what we did in Harbor Springs--drive around until we find a house for sale that we like and ask the owners if they'd like to rent it instead. Or maybe the perfect thing will just pop onto the market before we get there. Let me know if you hear of any great 3+ bed/1.5+ bath houses in a nice neighborhood with lots of families around!

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Technically, I've got two plots. One for my family and then the HS community has one too and I hope to utilize that one also, depending upon everyone else's paricipation. So you wouldn't be alone out there.

We use Pond Hill's baskets to kind of frame our backyard. They do look good.

And I would LOVE to have a raw milk supplier up here. There are some cheeses I just can't do because I use Shetler's milk. I'd like to try the raw!

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Kelly, hope that your house hunting goes better. I am sure that you will find something soon.
I am really glad to see interest in raw milk. Once you have raw you will never want to go back, we wouldn't be without it. MMM... raw milk makes the best cheese, butter, buttermilk, yougurt :
Off to shop for Jerseys!!!
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We're packing up today and heading out tomorrow for Michigan! We'll make a stop in Cleveland and then be in TC on Sunday. I'll be in touch by email when we get there and give you my cell phone. We've got a few houses to look at--maybe I can run the areas past you and see if you could give us thoughts about the neighborhoods?

Talk to you soon! Kelly
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Kelly, Welcome to TC when you get here!! I hope you find some awesome places to chose from.

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Nessa, I've wondered about Williamsburg. DH and I laugh about Yuba. I want to like in Yuba someday so I can be Yuban. But we can't actually find Yuba beyond the one sign there.

What haven't you liked about Williamsburg?
Oh, mostly the 30 minutes each way "commute" any time I want to do something in town. My parents live at chum's and dave's parents live on the peninsula, so it's just *that* much too far for a casual drop in (both for us stopping by them and them stopping by us - they are never just "in the neighborhood" out this way).

I also LOATHE M-72. :

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I'll definitely let you know when we get settled somewhere. Can I bring a 5-year-old to LLL or a babywearer's mtg? He's on the small side, but he definitely can't fit in the sling anymore!

Kelly
Absolutely!

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I like driving M-72 but that's because I don't have to.
Wait. M-72 is the road to Empire, right? Where the heck is Williamsburg again?? I hate all the "M" roads up here. Numbers fly right out of my head and then I get disoriented. Give the highways some real dang names, people!

I live on Bayshore Drive, which is *I think* M-22 on maps. Sometimes my boxes come from Fed Ex with "M-22" scrawled all over them.

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Wait. M-72 is the road to Empire, right? Where the heck is Williamsburg again??
M-72 West goes out to Empire. M-72 East goes out from Acme to Kalkaska. (ETA: I'm out past Turtle Creek Casino on 72).

Kind of like US 31 South runs with Division from the Parkway down to Chums (and beyond). And then US 31 North runs along East Bay out to Acme, up to Elk Rapids...

Not at all confusing, right.

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hello all we may be moving to the area and I was wondering if there is a waldorf school anywhere near I have a fall 3rd grader and 1rst grader I checked out the woodlawn school could you tell me more We are from Vermont very much wilderness school waldorf people Thanks Anne
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