Michael Quartz

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I think it looks great. The metal roofed hoophouse is a very good look and definitely does seem like something people would buy. 500 - 600 maybe. Not sure though. Keep up the great work
3 months ago
Having trouble uploading the pics. I think I might need a few more G's. Is 7G a thing yet?
3 months ago
This is my first build for the new homestead. We will eventually build a proper outhouse with two "his and hers" composting toilets. This is just something I threw together with some scrap wood we had. It will be better than the downed tree we have been leaning over. I'll put some more wood around the base after we get it out there. I left it as a skeleton to keep it light.
3 months ago

Jimmy Burt wrote:

My Grandparents ran a sawmill when I was growing up, of course it wasn't the bandsaw style, but I am familiar.  They shut it down when I was in High School.  My kids range from 12 to 22, and we have talked about building tiny houses around the property for the Kids to have their "own place" after they graduate.  Our oldest is in College, but  thankfully still lives at home, even though we see her sparsely with her school, work and social schedule.  MY dream would be to have a small community around the place with the Kids having their tinies, and maybe a couple other friends/family joining us as well.  But I am not sure how firmly the kids agree with that overall.  I have studied aquaponics for a number of years, but never put it into practice thus far, and would love to setup a decent sized Greenhouse for aquaponics to grow part of our produce and fish.

Our Son (a Junior in HS) is working toward attending the Air Force Academy, and of course if he is successful in that, he would be away from the homestead for "a while" as he wants to do the Air Force as his Career, at least at this point (and for the last 10 years leading up to now).

My biggest challenge has been actually getting started.  I have given lots of THOUGHT to what I want to do, now I just need to get started.  The Chicken house is step one, now to build some momentum, and keep the moving forward.



I too have dreams of using my property to bring in family and friends for a small, close community. I've made it clear to everyone is welcome and wanted. And that this big move is for them if it gets crazy and the trucks stop running to the grocery stores. The bigger the clan, the stronger we can be.
3 months ago

Jimmy Burt wrote:

Welcome, and it sounds like you have exciting times ahead.  I look forward to your progress and posts.  Best wishes on your journey!  

We live just outside of Tulsa, OK, on 5 acres, with another 40 acres of raw land about 3/4 mile away.  The 40 is bordered by a creek, but the land is low.  We may dig a pond there (or a couple ponds) and use the removed soil to build up a raised area for a structure.

We are gathering our materials to start our first aquaponics system, with plans to have it producing before winter.  We will initially build a hoop house over the system.  The hoop house will be completed after the Aquaponics is completed and operational first.  The Hoop house likely will not be enough, alone, to get the system through the winter, but we plan to put a Rocket Mass Heater in while building the hoop house to get us through this winter.  By next winter I plan to have a better insulated (more energy efficient) permanent Greenhouse built.  At the least we expect to get some season extension this winter, and an earlier start next spring on our growing with the Hoop house.

I have lurked for a couple years now.  There is definitely a lot of knowledge shared on the forums.  

Again, best wishes on your journey!

Cheers



There is so much growth being shared here and it is very inspiring. We will be building our first RMH very soon. It will be used to heat a little hobbit home we are building for our cats, seeing as how a litter box in a tent sounds like a bad plan. The RMH will double as an outdoor cooking surface in the summer. We will also be building a hoophouse but it probably won't be put to use until next spring. I really want to do an underground or wofati greenhouse too.

So many big plans and we can finally get started on them. I am looking forward to seeing how your ponds and other adventures turn out.
3 months ago

Zachary Carpacian wrote:Congrats on your move Michael, I hope your house sale goes through without any hiccups! You've got us beat with those whopping .14 acres though, we're currently on .08

The universe seems to have a similar plan for us well! We moved to our current home 8 years ago for diversity and convenience, and of course being close to our friends and family. Since the pandemic struck we saw everything anchoring us here crumble away. With no real advantages in staying, the advantages in moving out to the cut became even more apparent to us. We were going to wait until our kiddo was in middle school before pursuing our homesteading dream, but the universe lit a fire under our butts, so away we go!


That aerial shot looks great! We too were pressed by the virus that shall not be named lol. A lot of people think that the world is going to hell, but I absolutely think it is the greatest time to be alive. If one has the will to do it, the world can be theirs. There are more and more people who are doing similar things to us and it probably wouldn't be happening if not for all of this. It's the reason I quit my job. I don't know what you think about it all but of I can give any advice, it is to not despair. Do what your heart thinks is right and you will have all you need. Grow a moral family and a moral community and you'll be set. Smile man, you are doing the damn thing!
3 months ago
First and foremost I want to say thanks to Paul, all the staff and the entire community for the amazing knowledge that is shared here. I've been lurking through the forums for a few months now and they have become my go to first stop when I need to learn something. This forum has been very valuable to me and I am so grateful.

My name is Michael and my wife and I are currently moving from our 0.14 acre home in the inner city to 11.11 raw acres in Southern Missouri. Our goal is to be as self-sufficient as possible. We have a 16' diameter round canvas tent that will be our temporary home until we build our cob house. The property is about a mile and a half from any powerlines. We have invested in a small but sufficient solar panel setup so we can charge phones and cordless tools. We have a Sawyer brand water filter for our drinking/ cooking water. There is a small wet weather stream, but it won't be enough to rely on so a well will be one of our first big investments. For now we will be collecting rain water and taking trips about a mile away to fill up at a nearby river. We have enough food and cash to get us through about a year before one of us will have to go back to a "regular" job. Giving us plenty of time to build and grow. Well I'll just end it there so it doesn't get too long.

I will be posting progress and asking questions along the way. Thanks again folks!
3 months ago
I am in a similar situation. Leaving 0.14 acres in the city for 11.11 acres in the middle of Missouri. I'm supposed to finalize the sale of my bhouse today or tomorrow, so we have been very fidgety . I didn't grow up on a farm but have been doing a lot of homework for the last year with the plan of leaving in about 3years. But the universe has pushed us out the door early and we're so glad it did. We're also glad that we have found such a great community and wealth of knowledge here on permies. Take care of yourself and keep us all updated. I haven't made a proper introduction here to explain our situation but I will get it done today. Take care of you and your loved ones.
3 months ago
Looks like a little slice of heaven.
3 months ago