reply to post by XxNightAngelusxX
Wow...I hear ya. You are not afraid of big challenges, and that means you have already won half the fight.
I suggest looking for a farm that will trade room and board in exchange for labor on the farm. Although your skills are limited, on the good side...
there are no bad habits to unlearn. You could even offer such a trade on craigslist in the farm and garden section.
Also, you have computer and "geek" skills. This is a marketable skill and one in short supply in "the country' and rural areas. I deal with
farmers all day at work and most are computer iggnorant. Usually their wives "do all thast stuff" on the computer. Computer and game repair...
computer tutorials and instruction in exchange for farm skills and 'mentoring" from some of the locals and teaching hunting skills. you could put up
handbills and pamphlets in the neighboring country stores.
Also, most farmers need seasonal unskilled labor... the work is hard, dirty, long, hot,but the pay is usually cash. Most have a cheap trailer for rent
on the farm... these are real options for you just starting out.
Also, it is a good chance to see if this life is really for you without too much of an investment.
OK... so you move to the country, move to a farm and work as a laborer, make a little side money with computers and repair, and start to build
relationships with people. If you are in any position to buy a pickup, buy a pick up. Preferably American made... Ford, Dodge, Chevy. This often
tells people more about you as you drive up than you think. Yes, even country folks profile. Also, the county sheriff won't be so suspicious of you
in a pickup truck as he would if you drove a pimped out Toyota or Nissan.. most won't even look at you.
Plus, with a pickup, you can make money... hauling stuff, selling firewood, trading animals, and if you want to live the life you allude to... you are
gonna need one anyway. Trucks hold their value, but get an older model in good running order... good mechanical condition is more important than
looks... usually around here in NC, a good used truck runs about 2500-5000 dollars. Again, you may have to trade work with the farmer to get the truck
if you have no money.
The rest depends on how primitive a lifestyle you want. If you want simple... go no electric, no refridgerators, heat and cook with a wood stove, get
water from a well, use the outhouse... if you choose this... don't have kids yet... the county might take them away. Seriously. only after you have
really established a self sufficient lifestyle using solar, wood, massive gardens, etc... then consider the family.
I lived in a barn for 3 years and turned it into a nice cabin... did all the work myself. built and used an outhouse, got water from the well, etc.
very rewarding and a great way to save loads of money as you have no expenses.
oh, building relationships... I don't know if you are a person of faith, but church is BIG in a rural area. it also has the side benefit of making
contacts and introducing you to the local electricians, contractors, other farmers, county agents, firefighters, plumbers, hunters, mechanics etc...
all important people to know. plus, once you have gained their trust... someone always has some land for sale to a nice person "such as
As for primitive living... read the Foxfire Books.. the first one was free online. An entertaining read on turn of the century Appalachia and during
the Depression... everything you need to know on cabin building, dowsing, wood and wood fires, cooking on a wood stove, wells, furniture
making,gardening, killing animals and dressing, etc. just plain mountain and country living.
Once you have a shelter, a source of some income, water, food, heat... get a few chickens.. the simplest of all into livestock. Look in Country Living
and Smallstock Journal or New Pioneering or Mother Earth News Mags to see best ways to build a chicken pen or ask at the local feed store. tell them
your situation and most will gladly help. then you will have eggs to eat and sell. I know a 14 yr old girl with 200 chickens and a small business
selling eggs. if she can, you can too.
Must have a garden. Start small, learn your mistakes, and grow some more. Ask folks and most will gladly help with advice. Now you have tomatoes to
eat and sell. Then ask a farmers wife to teach you how to can and put up... not hard, just time consuming. After a couple of years, your skills will
be such you could start a stand or go to the farmers market and sell.
No need to teach these skills here, already good sources of info here and in Grit mags and others already listed.
The key is to see if this life is really for you. It is hard, cold, hot, optimism turns to disgust and back again... but no life is freer or more