The days of Walden Pond are history; it’s more difficult than we ever imagined to live simply and legally on one’s own land. Our new blog is churchoftheearthpeople.org. Church of the Earth People is focused on celebrating and respecting the Earth. We’ll be championing the first amendment (freedom of religion) right to build and live on the land in ways that mitigate impact to Earth’s resources. We hope you’ll subscribe.
Off Grid at Fumbuck Acres
We are completely off grid, with satellite internet and cell phones, rainwater collection, composting toilet, solar oven, solar hot water, and solar powered electricity. We do buy a little propane for cooking. No backup generator.
We’ve been busy building, and have done most of the work ourselves. (We had our wonderful friend Steven’s help for a couple of weeks, and our strong young neighbors were always willing to come over for heavy lifting.) Our amenities:
- Field fencing around the property.
- 1600 sq ft metal roof pole barn for water catchment and outdoor living space.
- Covered growing tunnel.
- 220 sq ft passive solar house, featuring earthbag construction.
- Attached sunspace for heating the living area and starting plants.
Our head shaking and wonderment continue — at our good fortune to land in this beautiful place and create our dream home. With only the sun as a heat source, we’re staying at a very comfortable indoor temperature, while outdoor temperatures occasionally dip into the teens and often the twenties. It’s an unexpected treat to live without forced air heat.
It’s all paid for, and I am starting a new bookkeeping job that should enable us to live comfortably.
Hello to Our WordPress Friends!
What a pleasure to log back in and find your expressions of genuine friendship! Lou and I thank you heartily. I intend to make time to visit your blogs and catch up with your lives. I’ve missed you!
Love to all,
We hit the road, and in a few weeks, found a smaller place that we paid for with cash. The beauty of this place fills us with wonder. It’s obvious to us that we had to leave Aggie’s Farm to make room for this.
While we miss you, blogging and keeping up with your blogs is on the back burner. (We’re hoping to resume when we get more established.)
Thank you for all of your support and prayers. May you be blessed.
Aggie and Lou
… but just ran out off money. We are selling out with a big loss but ya do what ya have to do. The house inspection is Wednesday, and then a survey will be done. We expect and hope to close soon after and be “homeless” again.
Back to the bicycles? NO — it’s become difficult to find free places to pitch the tent when bicycling. So what to do? We spent a lot of time trying to prepare this place to handle 10 or so families in case of any type of disaster or collapse. However, the support was not there on that level so someone else gets it. We still feel that it is coming and soon, so we will prepare ourselves. This means totally off the grid, so communication will be limited.
We are excited about the move and feel confident that it was meant to happen. Will post a few more times as we prepare to surrender the farm.
Love you all
Lou and Aggie
The ideas described by Mark Shepard in his book, Restoration Agriculture, make a lot of sense to us. STUN – Sheer, Total, Utter Neglect – is his method for planting orchard trees. Rather than paying for and then pampering high dollar nursery trees (with tasty cultivars grafted onto hearty rootstocks), Mark recommends sprouting from seed, putting in the ground, and forgetting. No watering, fertilizing, etc. The ones that survive and thrive are the ones that are suited for your property. He plants way more trees than can fit in a given space, and removes the failures.
This spring, Lou planted 24 apple and pear seeds, gleaned from grocery store fruit, in pots in the greenhouse. Of those, 13 sprouted well, and 10 are flourishing outdoors. This is with no support other than a chicken wire cage to protect from critters. During the last 7 weeks, they received 1/10 inch of rain and no water from us. The photo on the above is a typical result. We are pleased. Below is a successful tree from Mark’s farm.
Love to all,
Aggie & Lou
We are lowering the price to what we paid so we will lose all of our investment on infrastructure, but we just cannot do it alone. Someone is going to get a hell of a deal. IF YOU KNOW ANYONE WHO MAY BE INTERESTED PLEASE SEND THEM THE LINK TO THIS POST.
The land consists of 30+ acres of post oak savanna, part of the same general ecology as Mark Shepard’s New Forest Farm. Old woodland covers 18 acres, with mixed oak/hickory upper canopy and returning bunch grasses beneath them. The remaining 12 acres is mostly pasture, and includes gardens and outbuildings.
The house is 950 sq ft with 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, solidly built in 1940 and updated with light neutral colors, quality double-glazed windows, ample insulation, and wood stove with custom hearth. Also on property are a barn, metal building, and high tunnel. The barn is ~900 sq ft, with an additional ~300 sq ft open bay. The metal building is insulated and of quality build, and could easily become a tiny house. Year round growing is available with the 30′ x 96′ Zimmerman high tunnel, with exterior rocket stove for occasional winter heat.
Solar pump, control station, and two permanent ponds provide natural drip irrigation to ½ acre garden areas and high tunnel. There are two portable chicken coops, 100 mile 6 joule charger, and some electric fencing for holistic stock management. 24 new fruit trees have been planted, along with small asparagus, blackberry, and strawberry patches, and back door herb garden.
Previous owner has observed land for 70 years – never treated with ag chemicals, could be organic certified. Runoff calculated at 47 million gallons per year. The past spring rains flooded many nearby properties; this property had no problems with excess water. Good soil quality.
Permaculture design plan is available.
For more information, contact us here.
Lou & Aggie
The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) accidentally spilled 3 million gallons (that they admit to) of mine waste including lead, arsenic, and god knows what into the Animas river. The Animas flows to the San Juan, the Colorado, Lake Powell, the Grand Canyon and then to Lake Mead, which supplies water for Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Tucson.
Of course there is no DANGER. Formerly, it was earmarked for a superfund site, and containment ponds were required, but now they say no danger to humans or wildlife.
WHEN WILL YOU GROW UP. You need to be ready to get out of the poison soon. They wreck the soil to grow chemical laden crops that they sell you, they irradiate your food for the markets. They refuse to tell you what is in your food or even where it comes from.
We have a few more months here at Aggie’s Farm to sink or swim so to speak. If you want the security of a sustainable food supply and unpoisoned earth to live on, you must act now. We will only proceed if we can raise $40,000 which will finish phase 2a of the design and put the farm on the self sustaining level both food AND BILL WISE. IF YOU WISH TO BE PART OF THIS YOU MUST COMMIT NOW!
Think about it: security for the future and a solution for the planet.
(To our blog supporters: thank you for reading.)
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Lou and Aggie
What has happened to us… Too STUPID to follow what is happening? How many pounds of glyphosate per square mile get sprayed near our schools? (Click map for one answer.) How long is its half life? (Cows Save the Planet references New Zealand research that estimated 22 years, but the link has disappeared.) Do not quote info from the manufacturers or researchers scientist who get grants from them. LOOK AT THE INDEPENDENT STUDIES.
We may lose our place, so we started looking for a smaller one we could afford to develop to just feed us sustainably. Close to impossible. For example, near the Pecos River in west Texas, land prices are low, but water reserves were drained years ago, to the point that the river drains into the ground water rather than being fed by it. Where agribusinesses drill deep enough, the water table in CA is dropping 1 ft per year.
In other places where there is sufficient rainfall, the catchment crosses land laced with agrichemicals, and the collected water is poisoned. GROW UP FOLKS.
When we bought this place we expected to have the income from BathyDerm to finish paying for and developing it, but that did not happen. We have looked for investors (still looking) but it does not seem to be happening. We called the real estate guy today and dropped the price, hoping to recover part of our investment ant find somewhere somehow to do the right thing.
The agribusiness that will end up here will destroy one of the last unsprayed areas of the country. If we do not achieve the necessary support from folks who want to create a little sustainable place for themselves and their offspring, we will soon be somewhere else.
THINK ABOUT IT: the poisons, the draining of water tables, the absolute disregard you may have for the future of the planet. IS THAT NEW iPhone OR AUTOMOBILE WORTH IT? You are probably the last healthy generation on the planet, and you are not that healthy.
WE WILL BUY A BOAT AND SAIL TO SOME ISLAND or some such thing. GROW UP MY FRIENDS. It is ALMOST TOO LATE.
Lou’s rants are always excessively vehement to me. Land has always been considered a great investment, and viable clean land even more so today. If you have money invested, I hope some some of it is in land.
Lou and Aggie