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Looking for the perfect home in KY

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 13:52
Howdy, ya'll.

My wife and I are looking to move and start a homestead and permaculture design in Kentucky, preferably near Lexington where her entire family lives. We'd like to live rural on no less than 5 acres, and preferably more than 10. We have two kids, ages 5 and 7, who go to public school. While we are considering homeschooling, we aren't commited to it, therefore we need to be in a good school district - which makes finding a town that has reasonably priced residences on several acres very difficult. For the most part it seems we can have land or we can have a good school, but getting both is tough unless you've got a million bucks to spend, which we don't. Jobs are not an issue, as I work at home for myself.

Two areas we've found that seem to meet our criteria are Danville and Versailles. Are there any other hidden gems that Kentuckians can point me to within a 50 mile radius of Lexington (and preferably much closer)?

Thanks!

Looking to share my farm in Jamestown Tn. Upper Cumberland

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 08:22
Hi My name is Joey I live on 48 acres outside of Jamestown Tn, with my wife and 2 children. We currently raise chickens, turkeys and guineas. We will be adding a few goats and cows when the fences are repaired properly to hold them in. The property has about 15 acres of field, the rest is wooded with medicinal herb, fungi and berries and such. There are fresh water springs and 3 running creeks on the property. I would love to find a person or couple who would be interested in helping here in exchange for a place to live and farm. You could provide your own place or make use of one of mine. I have an older RV I bought for this purpose, but it does need work to be livable. I also have an old corn crib that could be converted to a cabin fairly easily. I have an extra barrel stove as well as an extra cooktop wood stove.

We grew two gardens this year and they produced nicely without any chemicals or fertilizers. You could help with ours and or do your own garden to your liking. I would expect help with fencing, gathering wood and general farm chores and such. You would need some type of outside income source for your own needs, as I would only be providing a place to stay. You can be off grid entirely or tap into my power and water, but if using the power and water that I pay for I would need some contribution toward that. This area is quite beautiful and peaceful and could be a good opportunity for the right person or people.

I have a small tractor and excavator and have been planning to install an inground green house, but have not gotten that far. We have only been on the property for a year so far, but have made a lot of progress in that year.

If you feel this may be of interest to you feel free to get in touch with me at 73joey19 @ gmail.com

Looking to share my farm in Jamestown Tn. Upper Cumberland

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 08:22
Hi My name is Joey I live on 48 acres outside of Jamestown Tn, with my wife and 2 children. We currently raise chickens, turkeys and guineas. We will be adding a few goats and cows when the fences are repaired properly to hold them in. The property has about 15 acres of field, the rest is wooded with medicinal herb, fungi and berries and such. There are fresh water springs and 3 running creeks on the property. I would love to find a person or couple who would be interested in helping here in exchange for a place to live and farm. You could provide your own place or make use of one of mine. I have an older RV I bought for this purpose, but it does need work to be livable. I also have an old corn crib that could be converted to a cabin fairly easily. I have an extra barrel stove as well as an extra cooktop wood stove.

We grew two gardens this year and they produced nicely without any chemicals or fertilizers. You could help with ours and or do your own garden to your liking. I would expect help with fencing, gathering wood and general farm chores and such. You would need some type of outside income source for your own needs, as I would only be providing a place to stay. You can be off grid entirely or tap into my power and water, but if using the power and water that I pay for I would need some contribution toward that. This area is quite beautiful and peaceful and could be a good opportunity for the right person or people.

I have a small tractor and excavator and have been planning to install an inground green house, but have not gotten that far. We have only been on the property for a year so far, but have made a lot of progress in that year.

If you feel this may be of interest to you feel free to get in touch with me at 73joey19 @ gmail.com

Looking to share my farm in Jamestown Tn. Upper Cumberland

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 08:22
Hi My name is Joey I live on 48 acres outside of Jamestown Tn, with my wife and 2 children. We currently raise chickens, turkeys and guineas. We will be adding a few goats and cows when the fences are repaired properly to hold them in. The property has about 15 acres of field, the rest is wooded with medicinal herb, fungi and berries and such. There are fresh water springs and 3 running creeks on the property. I would love to find a person or couple who would be interested in helping here in exchange for a place to live and farm. You could provide your own place or make use of one of mine. I have an older RV I bought for this purpose, but it does need work to be livable. I also have an old corn crib that could be converted to a cabin fairly easily. I have an extra barrel stove as well as an extra cooktop wood stove.

We grew two gardens this year and they produced nicely without any chemicals or fertilizers. You could help with ours and or do your own garden to your liking. I would expect help with fencing, gathering wood and general farm chores and such. You would need some type of outside income source for your own needs, as I would only be providing a place to stay. You can be off grid entirely or tap into my power and water, but if using the power and water that I pay for I would need some contribution toward that. This area is quite beautiful and peaceful and could be a good opportunity for the right person or people.

I have a small tractor and excavator and have been planning to install an inground green house, but have not gotten that far. We have only been on the property for a year so far, but have made a lot of progress in that year.

If you feel this may be of interest to you feel free to get in touch with me at 73joey19 @ gmail.com

Northeast Tennessee, Land, Cob & Friends

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 14:52
My wife and I live in the Tri-Cities area of NE TN. We are looking for land, 2-10 acres, to build cob homes for ourselves and maybe our children and retired parents. Would love to connect with others from our area learning to do the same thing. We want to get out of our mortgage and live on what we can afford from the sale of our home and the income from our business. ( We hope to list it soon, perfect for large family with children, right next to elementary and middle school..... 8 bedroom, 3 bath.) We had 8 kids when we got married (4 each), so I had to add on, but 5 are on their own now, with 3 soon to follow. We want to down size and show the kids how to live simply and affordably, teaching them to build their own homes, if they choose, with no mortgage and survive college without debt. Looking for land, other cob lovers and permie friends in our area. We are only 10 minutes from Bristol, VA and 45 minutes from the NC boarder. (It's about 1.5 hours to Asheville, NC and 2 hours to Knoxville, TN)

Northeast Tennessee, Land, Cob & Friends

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 14:52
My wife and I live in the Tri-Cities area of NE TN. We are looking for land, 2-10 acres, to build cob homes for ourselves and maybe our children and retired parents. Would love to connect with others from our area learning to do the same thing. We want to get out of our mortgage and live on what we can afford from the sale of our home and the income from our business. ( We hope to list it soon, perfect for large family with children, right next to elementary and middle school..... 8 bedroom, 3 bath.) We had 8 kids when we got married (4 each), so I had to add on, but 5 are on their own now, with 3 soon to follow. We want to down size and show the kids how to live simply and affordably, teaching them to build their own homes, if they choose, with no mortgage and survive college without debt. Looking for land, other cob lovers and permie friends in our area. We are only 10 minutes from Bristol, VA and 45 minutes from the NC boarder. (It's about 1.5 hours to Asheville, NC and 2 hours to Knoxville, TN)

Northeast Tennessee, Land, Cob & Friends

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 14:52
My wife and I live in the Tri-Cities area of NE TN. We are looking for land, 2-10 acres, to build cob homes for ourselves and maybe our children and retired parents. Would love to connect with others from our area learning to do the same thing. We want to get out of our mortgage and live on what we can afford from the sale of our home and the income from our business. ( We hope to list it soon, perfect for large family with children, right next to elementary and middle school..... 8 bedroom, 3 bath.) We had 8 kids when we got married (4 each), so I had to add on, but 5 are on their own now, with 3 soon to follow. We want to down size and show the kids how to live simply and affordably, teaching them to build their own homes, if they choose, with no mortgage and survive college without debt. Looking for land, other cob lovers and permie friends in our area. We are only 10 minutes from Bristol, VA and 45 minutes from the NC boarder. (It's about 1.5 hours to Asheville, NC and 2 hours to Knoxville, TN)

Knoxville Tennessee

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 16:05
Hi all. My wife and I are looking to make contacts in the Knoxville Tennessee area. We spent a weekend there several years ago and fell in love with the area. It just felt like home to both of us. We have wanted to move there ever since and have not been able to. Our situation has changed in the last few months, and it seems that I need to find a new job. It only makes sense to look for one in the area where we want to live. So I'm wondering if there are any permies in and around Knoxville that can point me in the direction of some places that I can look. I'm using all the job finder sites and Craigslist so that may turn something up. (Been using them for years. Nothing yet) I used to do chemical treatments on lawns for trugreen, and going back to lawncare is out of the question. I'm not looking for anyone to offer me a job, just some recommendations of places to look for work.
Thanks in advance to anyone who can help!

Knoxville Tennessee

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 16:05
Hi all. My wife and I are looking to make contacts in the Knoxville Tennessee area. We spent a weekend there several years ago and fell in love with the area. It just felt like home to both of us. We have wanted to move there ever since and have not been able to. Our situation has changed in the last few months, and it seems that I need to find a new job. It only makes sense to look for one in the area where we want to live. So I'm wondering if there are any permies in and around Knoxville that can point me in the direction of some places that I can look. I'm using all the job finder sites and Craigslist so that may turn something up. (Been using them for years. Nothing yet) I used to do chemical treatments on lawns for trugreen, and going back to lawncare is out of the question. I'm not looking for anyone to offer me a job, just some recommendations of places to look for work.
Thanks in advance to anyone who can help!

Knoxville Tennessee

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 16:05
Hi all. My wife and I are looking to make contacts in the Knoxville Tennessee area. We spent a weekend there several years ago and fell in love with the area. It just felt like home to both of us. We have wanted to move there ever since and have not been able to. Our situation has changed in the last few months, and it seems that I need to find a new job. It only makes sense to look for one in the area where we want to live. So I'm wondering if there are any permies in and around Knoxville that can point me in the direction of some places that I can look. I'm using all the job finder sites and Craigslist so that may turn something up. (Been using them for years. Nothing yet) I used to do chemical treatments on lawns for trugreen, and going back to lawncare is out of the question. I'm not looking for anyone to offer me a job, just some recommendations of places to look for work.
Thanks in advance to anyone who can help!

Last Call: Natural Building School in Asheville, NC starts July 26

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 09:55
LAST CALL >> NATURAL BUILDING SCHOOL in Asheville, NC
July 26 - September 19
It's not too late to learn natural building this summer - there are still a few spots left! Join us in the mud to learn cob + adobe + slipstraw + wattle & daub & more with leading instructors.

REGISTER >> www.ashevillage.org/Natural-Building-School

Hands-On Projects
Wall systems: Cob, slipstraw, adobe, and stud frame with wattle & daub infills
Natural finishes: Exterior and interior earth plasters & paints
Foundation systems: Urbanite, stone & block; piers & posts
Regular building: Carpentry & construction skills
Wood-fired: Oven &/or Rumford fireplace
Systems Floor, wall & roof framing
Installations: Windows & doors
Tool use: Use & care
Living roofs

Theory & Classes
Load bearing & non load bearing wall systems
Site selection & working with the landscape
Passive solar design, heating & cooling
Engineering basics & structural integrity
Planning & budgeting for your building
The global context for natural building
Designing & managing the work site
Electric & plumbing
Permits & codes

www.ashevillage.org/natural-building-school

Last Call: Natural Building School in Asheville, NC starts July 26

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 09:55
LAST CALL >> NATURAL BUILDING SCHOOL in Asheville, NC
July 26 - September 19
It's not too late to learn natural building this summer - there are still a few spots left! Join us in the mud to learn cob + adobe + slipstraw + wattle & daub & more with leading instructors.

REGISTER >> www.ashevillage.org/Natural-Building-School

Hands-On Projects
Wall systems: Cob, slipstraw, adobe, and stud frame with wattle & daub infills
Natural finishes: Exterior and interior earth plasters & paints
Foundation systems: Urbanite, stone & block; piers & posts
Regular building: Carpentry & construction skills
Wood-fired: Oven &/or Rumford fireplace
Systems Floor, wall & roof framing
Installations: Windows & doors
Tool use: Use & care
Living roofs

Theory & Classes
Load bearing & non load bearing wall systems
Site selection & working with the landscape
Passive solar design, heating & cooling
Engineering basics & structural integrity
Planning & budgeting for your building
The global context for natural building
Designing & managing the work site
Electric & plumbing
Permits & codes

www.ashevillage.org/natural-building-school

Last Call: Natural Building School in Asheville, NC starts July 26

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 09:55
LAST CALL >> NATURAL BUILDING SCHOOL in Asheville, NC
July 26 - September 19
It's not too late to learn natural building this summer - there are still a few spots left! Join us in the mud to learn cob + adobe + slipstraw + wattle & daub & more with leading instructors.

REGISTER >> www.ashevillage.org/Natural-Building-School

Hands-On Projects
Wall systems: Cob, slipstraw, adobe, and stud frame with wattle & daub infills
Natural finishes: Exterior and interior earth plasters & paints
Foundation systems: Urbanite, stone & block; piers & posts
Regular building: Carpentry & construction skills
Wood-fired: Oven &/or Rumford fireplace
Systems Floor, wall & roof framing
Installations: Windows & doors
Tool use: Use & care
Living roofs

Theory & Classes
Load bearing & non load bearing wall systems
Site selection & working with the landscape
Passive solar design, heating & cooling
Engineering basics & structural integrity
Planning & budgeting for your building
The global context for natural building
Designing & managing the work site
Electric & plumbing
Permits & codes

www.ashevillage.org/natural-building-school

Chicken-Friendly Towns in WV

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 10:57
Hi there! My husband and I live in the Kanawha Valley and want to relocate (new place, same area). In our current town, there is an ordinance against chickens. We have been looking at places outside city limits but there doesn't seem to be much on the market right now, so I am trying to expand our search.

Does anyone know of any towns in the Kanawha Valley that don't have ordinances that preclude chicken ownership?

Thanks!

Chicken-Friendly Towns in WV

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 10:57
Hi there! My husband and I live in the Kanawha Valley and want to relocate (new place, same area). In our current town, there is an ordinance against chickens. We have been looking at places outside city limits but there doesn't seem to be much on the market right now, so I am trying to expand our search.

Does anyone know of any towns in the Kanawha Valley that don't have ordinances that preclude chicken ownership?

Thanks!

Chicken-Friendly Towns in WV

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 10:57
Hi there! My husband and I live in the Kanawha Valley and want to relocate (new place, same area). In our current town, there is an ordinance against chickens. We have been looking at places outside city limits but there doesn't seem to be much on the market right now, so I am trying to expand our search.

Does anyone know of any towns in the Kanawha Valley that don't have ordinances that preclude chicken ownership?

Thanks!

Appalachian Wildcraft

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 00:35
I happened to stumble across a few good wildcraft videos from this region and thought I'd share.



I know Appalachia has some great wildcrafting opportunities. I really really am hoping to stay in my familiar Puget Trough Cascadia, but if that's not possible I have had an offer to take management of a property and try to start a business out of it in Gilmer County WV I am seriously considering.

Appalachian Wildcraft

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 00:35
I happened to stumble across a few good wildcraft videos from this region and thought I'd share.



I know Appalachia has some great wildcrafting opportunities. I really really am hoping to stay in my familiar Puget Trough Cascadia, but if that's not possible I have had an offer to take management of a property and try to start a business out of it in Gilmer County WV I am seriously considering.

Appalachian Wildcraft

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 00:35
I happened to stumble across a few good wildcraft videos from this region and thought I'd share.



I know Appalachia has some great wildcrafting opportunities. I really really am hoping to stay in my familiar Puget Trough Cascadia, but if that's not possible I have had an offer to take management of a property and try to start a business out of it in Gilmer County WV I am seriously considering.

James River crude oil spill happened on 4/31/2014- DON'T DRINK THE TAPWATER

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 09:09
richmond, va, is needing a good laugh about now- last night we found out some CSX trains in Lynchberg derailed and dumped 50,000+ gallons of crude oil down the James River, which is a huge water supply for cities all downstream. (not to forget all the wildlife on the river who are being poisoned or were burned to death when the river caught fire)

If you live around the James River, please be careful drinking any water. Well water should be okay, but anything from the tap has oil residue in it, so just drink bottled water or well-filtered rain water. here's an article to share:

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/04/30/3432820/train-derailment-lynchburg/

http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/state-regional/train-carrying-crude-oil-derails-in-downtown-lynchburg/article_ca91041c-d096-11e3-ae9b-0017a43b2370.html

please let your friends in VA//Appalachian//Piedmont region know about this if they haven't already heard. thanks-

-jude

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