Former Kansas farmer and furniture maker. Been living in the big city for too many years married to a yuppie LOL. Now I have a little acre in the country with a nice big shop. Diving head first into farming. Would love to find somebody who is passionate about nature and self sufficiency.
My goal is to be completely off the grid even if just living in an exurb. I love doing sculpture.
My son lives with me, he's 26 and single, due to disability from a motorcycle wreck. He is also an artist and coffee roaster.
In Dallas area for now. Although I own an acre in Colorado. I figure I will get this place set up as a lab and figure out how everything works. And find a perfect spot to move to if that is still the best option
Or perhaps you already live in the perfect spot and just need the help!
Hi John! You sound like a fascinating person! We seem to have a lot in common: I was born in Kansas, and used to live in Dallas. I've served many roles, including foster parent, to adolescents and young adults affected by disability, and one of my major interests is developing more and better housing options for those who need to try to get by on SSI/SSDI. I'm not highly skilled (yet) at many of the tasks related to getting off grid or as close to it as possible, but think I may have found the perfect spot and have the passion for nature, and energy/drive to be self-sufficient you're seeking, if you'd like to chat! TY!
posted 6 months ago
You certainly do sound like a person with a big heart and a big vision. I like that. I have a lot to learn to but that's what I'm doing. It's my laboratory to figure out how this all works.
You say you found a place? Where are you located?
I'm currently on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It's beautiful, very close to Lake Superior. I haven't totally committed to buying the place yet, but I've been leaning towards it, and it's got a lot of strong advantages compared to other possibilities. Like a lot of people, I suppose, I started learning with growing food and I'm getting pretty good at that and the short growing season here is one of the few downsides.
posted 6 months ago
Yes it's pretty cold up there. I never understood why pioneers would settle there. After one winner I would be out of there LOL
Though the Texas heats not much better, but at least he doesn't kill you on accident. I grew up in Kansas so we had northern winters and southern summers.
Interestingly I believe that my paternal grandmother may have been Crow Indian
Ironically on my mother side we may be related to general George Custer. So I had relatives on both sides of the battle of Little Big Horn!
By the way your idea is very interesting. My son has disabilities from a motorcycle wreck. I'm thinking about how to set this up as a laboratory so people with handicaps can be self-sufficient and even raise the family on an accessible farm.
I'm one of those people who truly enjoys both the Texas heat (only time my air conditioner was on was when friends from up north visited) and the stunning beauty of winter up here. I didn't understand why people lived here either, until the first time I saw Lake Superior, and began to learn about the abundance of food like manoomin (wild rice), etc. I adapted pretty quickly to the cold, but the U.P. is a lot warmer than where I started when I first moved north. I want to get this housing project I have been working on launched, and train someone else to run it, so I can travel and enjoy the best of both worlds. Interestingly enough, I refer to the housing project I've been working on as a 'living laboratory'.
posted 6 months ago
Sounds interesting. Having lived my life in southeast Kansas and North East Texas I have never Lived someplace that is beautiful. I'm sure there are many.
I have a big shop and thinking about building some form of tiny homes, Or more likely stealth RV.
I have a background in construction as well. How shall we communicate directly?