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16th July 2010, 11:19
My wife and I would like to relocate to a more rural area in the next few years and involve ourselves more in permaculture and self sufficiency (within reason). We would like to buy a few acres of land, expand our Aquaponics, farm a few animals and perhaps try to kick off a food forrest. We have a lot of ideas and are very keen.
This will be a huge lifestyle change for us. Can anyone offer advice on buying landand making the change?
16th July 2010, 11:42
The closer to a city and jobs the higher the price of land per acre.
The smaller the rural block the higher the price per acre.
The better the rainfall the higher the price per acre.
The better the soil the higher the price of land per acre.
People on this trip land where they can afford and often cannot achieve their preconceived plan because of compromises made. Few stick at it. The failing was in setting the plan before they knew what their land would permit.
Castaway has produced a food forrest DVD for the Permaculture Institue. It is worth having. We got our copy at Murray's along with the Secrets DVD. The extras on the disc look at a few food forrests around the world. There can be one in most climates depending on choice of plants.
16th July 2010, 15:46
Thanks for the plug Dennis. My sister and her husband just downsized their home. Moved from town to country. Bought 10 acres of flat open land with a large house, mature trees, mangos and big vege gardens and other food trees, with two large dams, large 2 car workshop/garage and all the peace and quiet you can get for mid $400,000s. I was pretty envious when I saw the photos. She asked me where to get some fish? I said Ausyfish in Childers. She said "Oh, thats just around the corner... half an hours drive!" They are 20 mins outside Hervey Bay in QLD.
Its a buyers market at the moment as the real estate market is pretty flat right up and down the QLD coast up here. If mortgage rates go up - expect to find some bargains...You can find land if you are keen. I just don't like the idea of mowing all the open grass...I know how fast it can grow.
16th July 2010, 16:27
Thanks for the tips guys,
We are not in a hurry so we can keep watching for a bargain. We are looking for somewhere with at least 2 acres. If we find a place that looks ideal we will look into average rainfall for the area. As far as animals go we are thinking mostly of poultry but may get a couple of pigs and or goats but that really depends on the size of the property and we would have to do some more homework before going ahead.
We would be looking at an expanded Aquaponics setup that will produce a bit of a surplus that we could sell or produce some fodder crop. We would not be commercial farming but rather looking to become more self sufficient. The more land the more opportunity we would have for this but I think with Aquaponics and poultry, 2 acres should get us off to a good start.
16th July 2010, 17:49
wamuran's nice - there's some good acreage blocks around - we're on 1 hectare - just big enough for permaculture and aquaponics (and a bit of rainforest)
16th July 2010, 19:23
Not too far from Brisbane either...
16th July 2010, 19:27
Im in SA - moved from the big smoke to just over 2 acres south of Adelaide (10 mins from Tooperang Trout Farm)
Never - ever - ever again will I live in the big smoke :)
We have chooks (only 20 atm), 12 fruit trees, self sufficient on water etc. We were toying with the idea of moving however we decided not to and will extend the Aquaponics system dramatically now :)
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