Its great to see some people with a stronger intention to make moves with their lives. (edit) I suppose all this should be read by interested parties.
@Kyrt Yes, water is always a concern here in this state. As you mentioned, a big trade-off is the amount of sun. Another trade-off with this place in particular is the access to the wilderness. As I gathered up permie knowledge and such over the years, I gradually began to realize the abundance that is already there. Water is an issue for lettuce, not for wild rose hips. Water is an issue for tomatoes, not so much for currants. So I have found that this space really is prime for both cultivation of traditional farmed crops (more or less), but also that with a community, wild-crafting and preserving can be done with efficiency. Albeit a change of perspective for the farmer may be needed in regards to work patterns, and more importantly taste patterns. With all that said, there is more than enough space to cultivate for the entire surrounding community.
@Matt Hello, we have been hesitant to break the sections apart for a variety of reasons, but it is still a possibility. I will keep you in the loop if something of that nature does occur. Or if something of equal potential arises. We could meet up at some point during this winter.
@Amy Hey Alaskans, I miss it up there. Yeah the climate battery is super nifty. We are definitely interested in extending the season up here. Ive had the good fortune of being able to visit Jerome's space and take a course on his greenhouses. Oranges in winter are kinda nice
That course is offered during summers out there at CRMPI. In regards to strait farming, this is probably not the most ideal setting CO has to offer. As Kyrt mentioned, there is a good amount of hail (especially in June)(side note: at that elevation it usually doesn't get too big, but it is somewhat frequent certain years), wind, and at 8000ft, the sun can be excessive for a number of plants. With that said, this part of the state has reminded me of Alaska more than most anywhere else I have visited in the lower 48. Moose, snow, cold, and privacy. All of course miniature compared to AK. So if you are looking for a BIG leap, might not be the spot. But if you are looking for a smaller leap, with vast amounts more sun, then you're on the right track.
So, we have two people here who are looking for smaller sections, I have a third nearly guaranteed and a couple more possibilities. This will all be factored in. Community is a highly desired goal, it is also more difficult to initially navigate, especially with the factors we are working with (zoning, financial obligations, off-grid living, desires of existing members)
Thank you all for your interest in both the space up here, and also in seeking out a healthier life.
If you want to add anything more (ie about yourself, more specific on your goals, your needs, wants, capabilities) please pm.