We are Bobby and Rainbow, a family of two. Our collective dream is to homestead together west of the cascades ideally in Oregon, but we are open to looking in other regions of the world. I(Bobby, the female in these pictures) have ample vegetable farming experience, and would hope to do more of that wherever we end up. My partner Rainbow is a musician who wants to embrace farming with me. In an unlikely but ideal situation, I dream of finding an old orchard somewhere with a consistent water source. If anyone knows of a property that we could potentially look at within our budget, (we have 15k now, and are hoping to save as much as 30k within the year), we would appreciate the help. Looking for a permanent home seems so intimidating. There are so many options, and most of them are out of our budget.
However, If we don't find the perfect place in the near future, we'll just keep savin' money, permaculture knowledge, tools, and seeds. We know we'll have to eventually settle on something.
Welcome to the forums, Bobby! I hope you find the perfect place.
In case you or others might consider the inland Cascadia region, we have room at wheaton labs (Western Montana) for folks interested in homesteading and permaculture and growing food - over 220 acres of room! Water is consistent at base camp (really lovely and bountiful well water!), and we're working on more consistent water at the lab. Of course we're also developing infrastructure, nurturing beginning food systems, and are in the early stages of a permie community. We have shallow roots or ant village options to try it out to see what you think. Or, we even have work-trade options for paying for land here, two options of which include permaculture bootcamp and fysh.
Oregon is beautiful and awesome in many ways, so I do understand if Montana seems too far inland by comparison. Again, good luck to you two!!
$15k-$30k should make a decent down payment. If you can find someone willing to owner-finance you can avoid having to pay mortgage insurance (stupid concept in my mind).
There was a Mini-farm for sale posted here recently, it's in the area you are looking at and might meet your needs. I know nothing more about it besides what's in the post:
The asking price seems very reasonable for 10 acres in the pacific northwest. Cheaper than most acreage was going for in that area a few years ago. My mom has 20 acres in the Willamette valley and she had it appraised 13-14 years ago at almost 1 million.
My opinions are barely worth the paper they are written on here, but hopefully they can spark some new ideas, or at least a different train of thought
Willie Smits: Village Based Permaculture Approaches in Indonesia (video)