Every day I drive to and from work via a rural road, mostly through forest and field, thinking how nice it would be to have a few thousand acres of land to play with and do with what I please. I have been thinking a lot about the economy lately, and my local ecology as well. I have discoverred what my ideal life would be. Remember, this is ideal, not necessarily 100% realistic...
I would own 2-5 thousand acres of wetland/prairie ecology. I would plant minimally, using only local, non invasive (ie silver maple and other trees which tend to take over) plants. The land would be designated as a preserve, so would have to be in an area with protected wildlife (like wild horses) and I would live there with limited friends and family in a semi-communal lifestyle. we'd provide our own agriculture. There would be power, generated by the sun and wind. Being a wetland, water would be well or stream, with a filtration system which requires minimal upkeep. The filtration would begin where the water flows into the property, so everything in my ecosystem can experience clean water. for those who still decided to work (say, to pay the property tax or maintenance costs of the land and lifestyle), there would be parking at the entrance, just like any state park or forest preserve. The focus would be on clean living within a natural ecosystem. There would be livestock (goats, sheep, horses, poultry) but also wildlife food sources (deer, berries, pheasants, etc). We would live publicly (schooling, taxes, hospitals, etc) but with a minimal carbon footprint.
We are killing ourselves. We pollute the land we live off of, and thus polute ourselves. the people of the world need to retain the knowledge of how to care for the land and live off it. We've lost touch with that. Decades ago, the people who survived the Great Depression did so mostly because they knew how to be self sufficient. They grew their own food and canned it for the winter. They raised goats and chickens in their backyards. They lived as extended families. Recently, we had a large recession, and people panicked. All you heard about was people being upside down in their mortgage, foreclosures, and the price of food and services going up. People need to realize that they can save hundreds each month by planting a garden and owning a few chickens and goats for milk, eggs, and meat. When society takes an enormous shit into the fan of life, I want to be among those who have time to duck. Those who are self sufficient, yet still willing and able to contribute to society.
My Dream house would look something like this.
So my house would be solar powered. My crops would have ditch irrigation. I would have Apples, berries, and various fruits and veggies like broccoli, tomatoes, celery, leafy greans, cucumbers, corn, peppers, chilis, peas, and squash; and of course roots like onions, potatoes, radishes. I wouldn't use a microwave. I'd have a fire-heated brick oven and an electric stove. So of course there would also have to be plenty of hickory and oak on the land. It'd be kinda like a commune, but not so cut off from society. I'd maintain that connection so the reality of what today's society does, to the land and to each other, is always present.
So I guess this turned into a bit of a rant. When I go to a forest preserve to run, or a river for tubing, I am at peace. The less I see of societal impact on my surroundings, the happier I am.
Maybe I need a Kickstart to make this a reality LOL!