IC: Where, Why, How, When!


Sick & tired of making the rich even richer? Economic inequality is not only a monetary economic thing, it is also a social thing. Please allow an example: I do not use or own a car, and therefore, I do not buy one penny worth of gasoline, oil, tires, car parts, maintenance or repairs, insurance, tickets, nor any other of the many expenses associated with the owning and/or operating of a personal car.
I do not collaborate with any of the wealth mongers that profit big from any of these products or services. Instead, I walk & hike, e-scooter & bike, and use (PT) Public Transport like Amtrak (preferred), and Interstate buses, and any/all local PT, when going longer distances. Thus, being at least near an Amtrak station would be ideal.
Ideally, living within an already established network of Amish travelers, having a horse & buggy would be awesome; plus I like horses. But the needs of horses can be expensive too, depending on what they are utilized for. Fortunately, since about 2017 or so, e-scooters have come a long way for local transport. The wide variety of e-scooters, such as fat tire scooters which are great for off-road or unpaved pathways such as trails, are as impressive as those built for more urban settings. I do not own cars; like my Master would, I too oppose the Car Cult.
It may seem unlikely, not to participate in making the rich even richer, but think about the Amish; they don't order anything from Amazon.com! They live simple lifestyles, and make their own, well, almost everything. Most everything one needs can be made with wood, the great renewable, thus limiting things bought online and shipped-in from -- you guessed it -- the mega-rich suppliers & makers of all things sold! Living in a rural setting would limit the trips to the big-box retailers too. The Amish may like Walmart, but then, I'm not Amish, though I do like many of their lifestyle choices.
Sweet Spot Growth Zones!
When accounting for greatly limiting the need for the US$, one must first look at what requires the most versus the least of them $! The less dependent that one is on money, means more independence & interdependence: Buy & Sell Local, indeed! Land will cost the most, initially, and so, a location where the per-acre cost is as low as possible, is ideal, while still being in a sweet zone. for example, buying 300 acres of desert land, cheaply, will not provide much for this kind of endeavor, whereas, 60 acres of hilly forested land will yield far more.
One Time Big Buy: Hilly land is not worth much to crop farmers, nor real estate developers, but for those into forest farming, it is gold (shhh; secret)! These are the reasons, why it's better to be a forest farmer than a flat-land sod-buster. Forests can grow tree nuts, shade grown coffee beans, and a host of herbs and vegetables, just to name a few. Being a sod-buster is backbreaking hard work, and requires lots of tilled land, lots of chemicals, and equipment. I recommend mostly stand-up gardening; harvesting trees and bushes and vines.
Nevertheless, buying land is a daunting task. But this particular IC (Intentional Community) will be a forest community, and thus, it targets those who like and prefer the forest. This vision is a forest like those in the (US geographical) Ozark Plateau, the Ouachita Mountains, and the southern sector of the Appalachians, though most forest lovers enjoy all forest biomes, myself included.
The Great Northwest is awesome; from the Shasta-Trinity National Forest and North to the North Cascades National Park, that entire region is beautiful; I love it! But now, and in the forseeable future, that region of the continent is going to be plagued with droughts and the giant wildfires that follow.
Plus, it is also very expensive land, and, much of its higher elevations can have brutally cold winters. Now, if money were no object or obstacle, then location selection would not be so hard to make. Nevertheless, for daily living, I think it wise to keep far enough South so that winters are mild and the growing seasons are longer, requiring less resources to survive; namely, to warm ourselves, but also, to produce more; to be able to stay active longer.
Monthly Buying: Look at what costs the most at any local grocer, and then at the Farmers Market, and then online purchases. Whatever costs the most, that's what we make for ourselves, and sell the excesses thereof. For example, beans, grains (like oats) and brown rice are, per pound, fairy cheap; growing & harvesting them on a small scale is not. Therefore, it is better to just buy them with money.
This same logic gets applied to all, as it is possible. For example, we cannot grow pineapples on any large scale, in, say, the lower US Midwest, but we can grow avocados there, which are super healthy, and a bit expensive, store bought. I eat them, and cruciferous vegetables, and roots like carrots and sweet potatoes.
Monthly Selling: Now, look what costs a lot, especially online, and, does not weigh too much. I personally enjoy designing and building plant greenhouses & nurseries, with focus on stand-up greenhouse gardening, especially for perennial herbs, and sit-down (or even wheelchair accessible) raised-bed for growing root vegetables and cruciferous vegetables outdoors. A great US-$ earning home-business, would be to grow and make and sell, small but high priced things online, such as ginseng and others. For example, a pill machine is fairly cheap and easy to operate, and shipping small bottles is as easy as handing it off to a US Postal Worker who delivers mail.
Power & Water: The sun shines all day; wind moves most all the time; river water flows in perpetuity; sunshine & movement can be harnessed for power. Buying land where a large river flows is often expensive, but rain falls freely everywhere! In other words, we want to be where there is plenty of annual rain fall; water is life! Thus, it is ideal to collect & harvest rain, via metal roof runoff, with some to be filtered for drinking, cooking and bathing, and the rest stored for growing. Here are the 10 states with the most rain & snow in the US based on state-wide average precipitation.
If there is enough rainfall, that will be sufficient: If not, then there needs to be another source; ideally, a river or a large lake, which might have its own problems with pollution. Otherwise, pottable water must be trucked in, if a Well is not monetarily or geologically feasible; not a good option.
But if the land has a large enough stream flowing through it, with a good volume of water annually, then it is time to build a small hydro-power dam, and thus a small lake for fishing and swimming, as a side perk! That is also a possibility with hilly land where their valleys offer a decent amount of water flow. Here's an example at YouTube; I've got better ideas, but this is a sample to see how easy it is.
Perennially Renewable: Trees have been growing on Earth for countless millennia, and by the literal quintillions, and will continue to do so, forward in time, long after the last human has turned to dust, and will do so until the sun grows cold! See YouTube videos: Chernobyl reclaimed by nature. Trees are, by far, the most sustainable, and the most abundant renewable element, on Earth. Obviously, rocks or stone (Earth's upper crust) would outweigh and out volume trees at any given point in time, but then, they do not change or grow or die; they are just there always (and this, without delving into the scientific consequences of subduction).
And it's the same with water; the hydrological cycle of Earth has not added nor subtracted any appreciable amount of H2O, liquid, frozen or gaseous, in like forever; it is reusable and therefore would not be classified as a renewable, per say. But trees grow like literal weeds in all the tree growth zones present at any given point, in a geologic time scale. Forests grow slowly when measuring them in human time, but in geological time they are fast growing, and thus, some species are relatively long living, like sequoias.
More to come!
(1) Location Ideas:
10 US States w/ Lowest Cost Of Living ~ Am. Lung Association's Cleanest Cities ~ Best Places To Live In U.S. ~ 20 Best Places For The Weather ~ Latitude, Vitamin D & Plant Production ~ Arbor Day Hardiness Zone Map ~ Growing Season South of the US 35th Parallel (Wiki)
(2) Considerations:
What Can We Learn From Amish ~ Messianic Jewish Communities by Design: Open Doors & Reserved Seating (pdf) ~ Aspiring to the Working Class ~ After 100 Years the Kibbutz Movement Completely Changed ~ Breaking Faith (News) ~ Examining White Supremacy Culture in Intentional Community ~ How Farming in Forests Could Sustain the Planet (BBC) ~ Prayer, Politics & Power: The Family Reveals Our Insidious American Theocracy
(3) And Once There:
30 Vegetables That Grow in Shade ~ How to Plant a Winter Food Forest ~ Food Forest Nursery (AR) ~ Forest Farming (wiki) ~ Polyculture (wiki) ~ No-Till Farming (wiki) ~ Reforestation (wiki) ~ Permaculture (wiki)
(4) Other Topic Related Pages:
Anabaptist ~ Monastery ~ Temple

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