[permaculture] FW: how to acquire land

Redding, Trudie A tredding at mail.utexas.edu
Thu Sep 10 15:36:25 EDT 2009

Excellent comments. I asked the realtor in San Saba TX why there were so many churches in town with such a small pop and he said, well they don't have anything to do so they go to one church service and then to another church for a second church service, between that and football, the red state is nothing like the blue state area I live in in Austin, but regionally near San Saba there are some havens I gravitate toward, Lampasas and of course Goldthwaite.
In hindsight I could have bought some blackland to grow pecan trees, but it floods so much in Texas, when it does rain that I wanted something on top of a hill! And the idea is to dig into it to build a residence using the hill to advantage. Not done however, but nice to dream, as you said, some of us are city folk. Meanwhile, the land is healing, I hope.
Trudie Redding
Electrical and Computer Engg
ENS 103 C0803
Fax 512-471-5532

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From: permaculture-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:permaculture-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Toby Hemenway
Sent: Wednesday, September 09, 2009 3:04 PM
To: permaculture
Subject: Re: [permaculture] how to acquire land

Notes from my own experience and observations: In acquiring land, think 
carefully and honestly about what your goals are. ... 

Community is very important. Eventually you will start being affected by 
your neighbors, and many parts of the country where land is cheap have 
inhabitants who may not share your values. At some point that will 
probably get to you.

I get a lot of consulting calls to look at steep, cut-over land in 
remote locations, and when I see how hard the people there have worked 
to get so little, my heart aches. Any savvy farmer wouldn't go near 
those places. City folk with dreams buy them. And my recommendation, if 
I'm blunt, is to move to better land.


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