reply to post by givemeliberty or beer
50 acres is a substantial amount of land. You should be able to do whatever you want there.
Do you know if there's any wildlife? I would recommend camping there for a few days to see what kind of animals you can find. I would assume there
would be deer, rabbits, and other rodents which in a worst case scenario would be great protein (or even not in survival mode).
Depending on what kind of lifestyle you live, you could support a small town on that piece of land. I'm assuming you're looking for a range
I would say 20-50 people would have no problem being sustained on that piece of property if you were to grow perennial crops as well as annuals. If
you hunted or kept livestock you'd be in good shape even if your crops failed.
I personally like cob houses, which are made out of straw, mud, and clay. They are easy to build, strong, cheap, renewable, and fun
. I would
recommend building a passive solar cob house, which means you orient your house to get the winter sun (from the south) and get essentially free
heating in the winter.
Solar power definitely wouldn't hurt. You might want to look into microhydro to supplement your power in case its a rainy day, if there are
streams/rivers nearby. You mentioned springs so I'm not sure if that means they're running or not.
Microwind is also a definite bet on secondary power.
Stockpiling food definitely couldn't hurt. I recommend learning canning, drying, and freeze-drying methods of food preservation. Worse case scenario
you build a root cellar and put your food stuffs there.
I would say this is not a waste of time at all. I am looking towards a similar option in the not so distant future.
If you have any more questions, or if I didn't answer a question you asked, let me know and I'll be happy to help.
[edit on 5/18/2008 by biggie smalls]